Dally, who has been in the press a lot lately slamming Intel's policy of shrinking chips has been given the Eckert-Mauchly Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE).
The two computing outfits described Dalley as a “visionary” for his work in advancing parallel processing in computing.
Dally headed Stanford University’s Computer Science department, led the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team that built pioneering parallel computing systems called the J-Machine and M-Machine, and designed the MOSSIM Simulation Engine at the California Institute of Technology.
Then he went to Nvidia where he recently claimed that “the CPU scaling predicted by Moore's Law is now dead.”
He said that performance gains from both parallel computing advances and from adding cores to microprocessors have largely superseded the paradigm of ever-increasing computer performance linked to Intel co-founder Gordon Moore’s prediction that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every 18 months or so.
At the time there were those who agreed with him, but others who felt it was more just a pop at Intel from Nvidia natterers.
The ACM and IEEE point out that Dally owns more than 75 patents and has published more than 200 papers.
He joins such past winners of the Eckert-Mauchly Award as supercomputing legend Seymour Cray and David Patterson, who pioneered instruction in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Nvidia's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, said in a statement that this recognition reflects how Bill's pioneering work in parallel processing is on its way to revolutionising computing.
“We are delighted to have the benefits of his singular talent as we endeavor through our GPUs to bring parallel computing to the world.”