Any paper relating to dependable and secure computing, and published at least 10 years prior to the award year (e.g., 2004 or earlier for the 2014 award) is eligible for the award.
The award seeks to recognize
papers that have had a significant
impact in the intervening years in
one or more of the three following
Technical/scientific research impact
Industrial/commercial product impact
Broad impact on the dependable computing community
Nominations may be made by any person who is familiar with the author's or authors'
published work. Nominations must be submitted no later than November 25 of the year
preceding the award year either via the form at the right, or by e-mail to JCLaprie-Award@dependability.org (the subject line of the
email message should include the full title of the nominated paper).
The supporting material for the nomination should include:
Name, affiliation, and contact information of the nominator
The nominated paper
For each author of the nominated paper: biographical information, including current
position and contact details.
Description (500 words maximum) of the impact of the paper over at least a ten year
period, addressing the following questions:
What is the main category of impact for the nominated paper? (see "selection
What advances have been enabled by the ideas presented in the paper?
Include as appropriate: evidence of follow-up research, evidence of usage of the
described technology in an industrial setting, or evidence of starting new
directions and/or spawning new ideas.
Nominations by the award committee itself are admissible at any time during the
deliberation and selection process, subject to the conflict of interest rules established
Selection will be carried out by a committee of at least 5 persons, chaired by a person
appointed by the IFIP 10.4 working group chair. The other members of the award
committee will be appointed by the working group chair in consultation with the award
The award committee is renewed annually and will be constituted no later than December
1 of the year preceding the award year. The committee will complete its deliberation and
selection process in time to make the award at the DSN conference, typically the last week
Conflict of interest policy
Persons having a conflict of interest with a nominated paper cannot be members of the
award committee. A person must declare a conflict of interest if he/she:
Was involved in writing a nominated paper.
Is currently from the same institution as an author of a nominated paper.
Was the PhD advisor or advisee of one of the authors of a nominated paper.
Is a relative of an author of a nominated paper.
About Jean-Claude Laprie
was Directeur de
Recherche at LAAS-CNRS.
his entire career to
research on the
formalization, and his contributions to the formulation
of the concepts and methodologies of dependability,
rapidly led to national and international recognition.
He received the IFIP Silver Core in 1992, the Silver
Medal of French Scientific Research in 1993, and the
Grand Prize in Informatics of the French Academy of
Science in 2009. He was made Chevalier de l'Ordre
National du Mérite in 2002.
Randell's System Structure for Software Fault Tolerance paper laid the foundations for several decades of research into computing systems capable of tolerating residual design faults in software. Until then, fault-tolerant computing had only been concerned with physical faults affecting computer hardware. This paper introduced the concept of redundancy of design (which we now call design diversity or design dissimilarity) in which multiple software components of independent design operate as a redundant set, in a way analogous to standby sparing in hardware. The concepts of recovery blocks, of checkpointing and recovery, and the domino effect, all of which became commonplace terms in decades of research on fault-tolerance, were introduced in this paper.
Wensley, Lamport, Goldberg, Green, Levitt, Melliar-Smith, Shostak and Weinstock pioneered the notion of Software-Implemented Fault Tolerance in their famous paper SIFT: The Design and Analysis of a Fault-Tolerant Computer for Aircraft Control. The SIFT system made breakthroughs in fundamental theory and algorithms for achieving reliable distributed system operation in the presence of Byzantine failure modes, specifically focusing on the key problems of clock synchronization and consensus. The team developed and demonstrated the first software-based implementation of a fault-tolerant computer using these algorithms, and were among the first to create extensive analytical proofs of correctness of their algorithms. The impact of this work goes far beyond this implementation in that its groundbreaking conceptual framework spawned an entire new area of distributed systems theory and underlies many existing fault-tolerant computer designs.
Kopetz and Bauer's paper on the Time Triggered Architecture described a design pattern for dependable real-time computing that has had an outstanding impact on industry. Research prototypes developed at the Vienna University of Technology were refined into commercial products by a spin-off company that now supplies hardware and software products to major actors in the aerospace, automotive, railway, robotics and electrical energy industries. Indeed, time-triggered systems are the most commonly-used fault-tolerance approach in current critical real-time system architectures. Instantiations of the approach are notably deployed in the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787.
To nominate a paper for the J.C. Laprie Award via this website please fill out the form below completely.
Paper upload will take place on a separate page. Nominations must be made before
November 25 of the year preceding the award year.