...for her dissertation "Theoretical Foundations for Practical Concurrent and Distributed Computation."

The award will be presented at DISC, to be held at Augusta, Georgia USA, October 25-27, 2022.

From the announcement: "Dr. Naama Ben-David completed her thesis on July 22nd, 2020, under the supervision of Prof. Guy E. Blelloch, at Carnegie Mellon University. In her thesis, Dr. Ben-David addressed three modern technologies that play a significant role in concurrent/distributed computing and carefully developed faithful, clean, and theoretically elegant models for each. Based on these models and theories she then developed for each a new distributed algorithm, showed the algorithms applicability in practice, and finally developed practical tools to enable practitioners and theoretical researchers to analyze these systems, and the benefits of the new models and algorithms. The three technologies which Dr. Ben-David addressed in her thesis are:(1) remote direct memory access (RDMA) as a means to share memory among message-passing communicating processors whether in a large network or in a data center, (2) non-volatile random access memories (NVRAM) for which she developed a general simulation that can adapt many classic concurrent algorithms to a setting in which processes using NVRAM can recover after a system fault, and (3) shared-memory concurrent access where Dr. Ben-David developed new careful analysis reflecting their performance in practice."