IBM today announced six employees as IBM Fellows for their contributions to the company and the IT industry.
And guess what? Two of the six are desis: Subramanian Iyer and Anant Jhingran.
IBM Fellows is the IT giant’s highest technical award. Only 217 individuals have earned this honor in the company’s history. Including the newly named Fellows, 73 are active employees.
Here are details of the two desis who received this distinction:
* An alumnus of IIT Bombay and UCLA, Dr. Subramanian (Subu) Iyer of the Systems and Technology Group at Hopewell Junction, New York is being recognized for innovations in semiconductor technology.
Subu Iyer is said to have led development and implementation of embedded DRAM technology – a dense memory that can be fabricated on high performance Logic chips – used in IBM systems ranging from high-end servers to BlueGene supercomputers to game chips. Other contributions of Iyer (and his team) include demonstrating the first SiGe heterojunction bipolar transistor used extensively in wireless communication, development of on-chip programmable electrical Fuses, a technology that allows semiconductor chips to “self-repair” and for the circuits on a chip to be reconfigured even after the chip has left fabrication facilities and development of IBM’s 45 nm CMOS technologies.
* Anant D. Jhingran of the Software Group in in San Jose, California and an alumnus of University of California, Berkeley, is being honored for contributions to IBM’s Information Management business.
Credited for work in the areas of data warehouse, business analytics, search and e-commerce software, Jhingran is said to have defined and brought out the first version of IBM’s Data Warehouse Edition, which included his innovations in core data warehouse capabilities, and combined it with mining, OLAP, and ETL technologies, bringing various parts together in a unified fashion. His work is described as the core software behind the current IBM Smart Analytics System, which provides clients with business insights from raw data.
Anant is also one of the principal technical leaders within IBM responsible for defining the middleware platform for cloud application delivery.
The four other new IBM Fellows are James C. Colson of the Software Group in Austin, Texas; Jeffrey A. Frey of the Systems and Technology Group in Poughkeepsie, New York; Alfred Grill, a researcher in Yorktown, New York; and Charles Johnson, a researcher based in Rochester, Minnesota.
IBM said technology originated by IBM Fellows include:
* Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) — the architectural basis for most high performance work stations and servers
* Thin-film heads — for high-density disk storage devices
* DRAM — the fundamental solid-state memory technology used in the industry
* Relational databases — one of the foundational technologies of knowledge management
* The Trackpoint — the little red pointing device for laptops
* Virtual memory — allows many users to share a single computer
* The Scanning Tunneling Microscope — the first instrument able to image atoms
* Fortran — one of the world’s most widely used computer languages
* RAMAC — the world’s first disk drive
* The AT bus — the basic architecture for IBM PCs