Xian-He Sun Becomes an IEEE Fellow
Department chairman Xian-He Sun was made an IEEE Fellow in a ceremony at the IEEE Chicago Section Awards and Recognition Dinner held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Skokie, on Saturday April 21. Professor Sun was one of three newly-elevated Fellows from IEEE Chicago. He was recognized for contributions to memory-bounded performance metrics and scalable parallel computing. Dr. Sun is one of the first researchers to identify memory and data access as the performance constraint for computing. In 1994, the then-president of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. William Wulf, revealed that CPU performance improvement is much faster than that of memory and formally introduced the “memory-wall” problem in computing. Today, IT applications are more and more data-intensive. The emerging “big-data” problem plus the lasting “memory-wall” problem makes Dr. Sun’s work in reducing data access delay extremely valuable. His original “memory-bounded” model introduced in 1990 is now referred to as Sun-Ni’s law and is considered as one of the three most fundamental laws of scalable computing, which involves large applications on large, network-connected computing systems.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2011.
Dr. Xian-He Sun received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1990. Before joining IIT, he worked at DoE Ames National Laboratory, at ICASE, NASA Langley Research Center, at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and was an ASEE fellow at Navy Research Laboratories. He has published close to 200 publications in the area of computing and communication and has 4 patents in these areas. More information about Dr. Sun can be found at his web site http://www.cs.iit.edu/~sun/.
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