By Anna Lynn Spitzer
December 14, 2004 -- Kane Kim, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and a Calit² academic participant, is the recipient of the 2005 Tsutomu Kanai Award from the IEEE Computer Society. The award, one of the most significant offered by the society, recognizes major contributions to state-of-the-art distributed computing systems and their applications. The award citation reads: "For fundamental and pioneering contributions to the scientific foundation of both real-time object-structuring based distributed computing and real-time fault-tolerant distributed computing." A crystal memento, a $10,000 honorarium and a certificate will be presented to Kim for his achievement. He will also receive a travel grant to attend two technical conferences.
Kim, who was elected a fellow of the IEEE in 1998, has also won the organization's Meritorious Service and Technical Achievement Awards. He won the Meritorious Service award in 1995 for "dedicated service as an editor on the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems since its inception." In 1998, he was awarded the organization's Technical Achievement Award for "major contributions to the scientific foundation for both real-time fault-tolerant computing and real-time object-oriented distributed computing."
Kim, an OptIPuter partner, works in the area of real-time object-based software and system engineering, as well as ultra-reliable distributed and parallel computing. The OptIPuter project aims to develop a powerful, distributed grid "infostructure" to support data-intensive, scientific research and collaboration, with applications in bioscience and earth science research. In his DREAM (Distributed Real-Time Ever Available Microcomputing) lab (http://dream.eng.uci.edu/Default.htm), Kim conducts conceptual, analytical and experimental research on real-time distributed object-oriented programming and software engineering. The methodology, facilitated by tools such as middleware that is capable of timely and fault-tolerant execution of application objects, endeavors to induce major improvements in programmers' productivity and real-time application software reliability.
Kim also originated the DRB technique and other basic approaches for the cost-effective design of ultra-reliable, fault-tolerant, real-time distributed and parallel computer systems. The applications for his research lie in areas of embedded computing, such as mobile computing, device networks, defense command control, air traffic control and transportation automation, as well as in multi-party video conferencing and network-based virtual reality.