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Moss Receives SIGOPS Award

Eliot Moss

During the 2015 Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on Operating System Principles (SOSP), Professor Eliot Moss was honored with the prestigious Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS) Hall of Fame Award for his landmark paper on transactional memory, co-written with Professor Maurice Herlihy of Brown University.

The SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award was established in 2005 in order to acknowledge the most significant and pivotal operating systems research papers in the past decade. Moss and Herlihy's paper, "Transactional memory: architectural support for lock-free data structures," focuses on the architecture of transactional memory, which increased the ease and efficiency of lock-free synchronization.

The citation reads: This paper introduced transactional memory, an architectural concept intended to make lock-free synchronization as efficient and easy to use as conventional techniques based on mutual exclusion. This concept has found its way into commercial multicore processors, and has generated a large amount of follow-on work in software transactional memory.