Jacob Gorm Hansen awarded the Roger Needham Award 2009 – University of Copenhagen

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07 April 2009

Jacob Gorm Hansen awarded the Roger Needham Award 2009


Copenhagen, 7 April 2009

Dr. Jacob Gorm Hansen was awarded the 2009 Roger Needham award for his doctoral thesis "Virtual Machine Mobility  with Self‐Migration" at a ceremony in Nuremberg, Germany, on April 2nd, 2009. The prize sum is 2,000 EUR, donated by Microsoft Research. The EuroSys Roger Needham award is given annually to a European doctoral thesis that is "regarded to be an exceptional, innovative contribution to knowledge in the systems area". The prize is named after the British computer scientist Roger Needham, who made fundamental contributions to computer security.

Dr. Jacob Gorm Hansen is well known in the systems community for his work on Virtual Machine Migration. He defended his thesis at DIKU, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen in Denmark under the supervision of Professor Eric Jul.

The award jury specifically appreciated that "the thesis represents real  systems  work.  The  results  are  interesting,  quantified,  and  show  that  the  idea  is  good  compared  to  existing  approaches.  Furthermore,  the  student made  also  quite  a  few  other  contributions,  making  his  thesis  rich  in  ideas.  It  presents  a  novel  mechanism  for  migrating  operating  systems  running  in  virtual  machines:  selfmigration.  Selfmigration  allows  an  OS  to  migrate  without  any  support  from  the  underlying  VM.  The  idea  is  implemented  in  a  real  system  (Linux  2.4  and  2.6,  and  with  the  Xen  VM)  and  the  system  is  evaluated  on  real  hardware  and  in  a  real  IP  network."

"The 2009 Roger Needham award not only recognizes Jacob Gorm Hansen's impressive research results, but also highlights the importance of virtualization as a research area," says Professor Eric Jul.

Dr. Jacob Gorm Hansen is 34 years old. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008, and has also spent a number of years in industry, among other things as a developer on the successful "Hitman" computer game series. After finishing his dissertation, he joined VMware's R&D office in Aarhus, Denmark, where he works on advanced research and development projects. Dr. Hansen lives with his wife, who is a physician, in the countryside near Aarhus.

DIKU is the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. DIKU was established in 1970 and has since established itself as one of the leading Computer Science Departments in Europe. A total of about 70 Ph.D. and M.S. students in Computer Science graduate per year.

"EuroSys, the professional society for Computer Systems in Europe, was established to promote excellence in Computer Systems education, research and industry in Europe. It was formed to federate European researchers in the area to improve their impact and to provide the European perspective within the international Systems community. EuroSys is approved as the European chapter of ACM SIGOPS."

Jacob Gorm Hansen www.diku.dk/~jacobg/, e-mail: jacobg@diku.dk, + 45 30 28 65 02

Professor Eric Jul, DIKU, University of Copenhagen www.diku.dk/~eric/, e-mail: eric@diku.dk, +45 40 25 16 50

Eno Thereska, Microsoft Research and EuroSys, e-mail: etheres@microsoft.com, +44-1223-479700