Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award


ACM's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Maciej Besta of ETH Zürich has won the 2022 SIGHPC Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given each year for the best doctoral dissertation completed in high performance computing (HPC) in the previous year, and includes a $2,000 cash prize, a plaque, and recognition at the International Supercomputing Conference (SC’XY) in November. Nominations were evaluated on technical depth, the significance of the research contribution, the potential impact on theory and practice, and overall quality of work.

This year’s award is presented for outstanding contributions that demonstrate how to simultaneously achieve high performance, large scale, and programmability in highly challenging and relevant irregular computations. Dr. Besta’s dissertation, titled “Enabling High-Performance Large-Scale Irregular Computations” is noted not only for the significant contributions it made to the field, but also the depth and thoroughness of the work.

Dr. Besta received his PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zürich in 2021. He received the Best student paper award at SC19 for his paper titled “Red-Blue Pebbling Revisited: Near Optimal Parallel Matrix Multiplication”.


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2022 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner, Dr. Maciej Besta

About the Award

This award is open to students studying anywhere in the world who have completed a PhD dissertation with HPC as a central research theme. In this case, HPC refers to the study or application of computational capabilities delivering much higher performance or larger scales than could be accomplished with a desktop or simple server system in order to solve large problems. Nominations for the next Doctoral Dissertation Award will open in August 2021.

To qualify for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, the dissertation must:

  • Have been successfully defended (or accepted by the committee if no defense is required) during the calendar year

  • Be submitted in the final form that was accepted by the department

  • Be submitted in English

The award is presented during the annual SC conference. The awardee is recognized with a $2,000 cash prize, a plaque, and travel support to SC.

See how to nominate for more information on nominations and the link to start the process, or check out the FAQ for answers to common questions.