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Posted April 30, 2012


ACM Honours Carleton Alumni For Computing Advances that Benefitted Research, Education and Industry

Carleton Computer Science Alumni Named Award-Winning Technical Leaders As Part Of The Eclipse Open Source Project

Ottawa - Carleton University is proud to announce the inclusion of five distinguished Computer Science alumni as part of the team that won the 2011 ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Software System Award. The recipients of the five prestigious awards were recognized for innovations in computingtechnology that have made significant contributions that enable computer science to solve real-world challenges.

The ACM Software System Award was given to the open source project Eclipse, created by IBM. This award honors an institution or individual(s) recognized for developing a software systemthat has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts and/or commercial acceptance. Of the nine technical leaders responsible for the design and implementation of Eclipse, five are Carleton Computer Science alumni--Greg Adams, David Thomson, John Duimovich, Kevin Haaland, and Steve Northover.

“I was very happy to hear that the five alumni were recognized for their many years of dedication, leadership and contributions to Eclipse,” said Dwight Deugo, computer science professor at Carleton. “Those in both the computing industry and computer science have benefited from their efforts. They exemplify whatgradates from Carleton’s School of Computer Science can achieve.”

Eclipse is a clear example of Carleton alumni creating solutions to real-world problems. Conceived to address perceived shortcomings in proprietary software development tools, it allowed developers to seamlessly integrate their own extensions, specializations and personalizations. It revolutionized the notion of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) by identifying the conceptual kernel underlying any IDE. Eclipse was designed as an open, extensible platform for application development tools with a Java IDE built on top.

In November of 2001 IBM announced the Eclipse open source project, contributing $40M in software technology to start the project. In November 2011, at EclipseCon Europe, Eclipse celebrated it’s 10th anniversary. From the initial three open source projects, the Eclipse community has grown to over 270 different open source projects, containing well over 50 million lines of code, with over 1,000 developers working on those projects. In fact, Eclipse has become a shared software commons that is used bythousands of companies to build new software products.

The ACM awards reflect achievements in human-computer interaction, complex data structure applications, computer science education, geographical information science, computer simulation for biological research, and open-source software development tools. The 2011 ACM award winners, from internationally known research and academic institutions, include prominent computer scientists, educators, and industry leaders. ACM will present these and other awards at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 16 in San Francisco, CA.

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