J. H. Wilkinson Prize
|3rd Wilkinson Prize Awarded|
|On Thursday, 8 July 1999, the third Wilkinson Prize for Numerical
Software was awarded to Matteo Frigo and Steven Johnson of Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. The winning entry, FFTW (the "Fastest Fourier Transform in the
West"), is a library of C routines for the efficient computation of the discrete
Fourier transform of real and complex data. The unparalleled efficiency over a wide range
of computer platforms is by automatically determining the best computational strategy for
the particular hardware.
Dr. Richard Field, vice principal of the University of Edinburgh and Chairman of NAG, paid tribute to the quality of the entry when he presented the prize, quoting the external reviewers of the entries:
The Wilkinson Prize was established to encourage young researchers to turn their ideas
and algorithms into quality software that would become available to the community, and to
help give them the recognition that their work in producing such software deserves. More
details are available at www.nag.co.uk/other/wilkinsonprize.asp.