SPAA Test-of-Time Award

The SPAA Test-of-Time Award will recognize papers that have had a significant impact in the SPAA community and beyond. All regular papers that were published in a SPAA conference at least 10 years ago are eligible for the award.

Selection committee: The selection committee will consist of the SPAA Steering Committee and is headed by the Steering Committee Chair.

Nomination deadline: August 1 each year.

Nominations will be submitted to the SPAA Steering Committee Chair at and must include:

  • Name, address, and email address of the nominator
  • The nominated paper
  • A statement (at most 500 words) addressing why the paper should receive the award
  • Up to three supporting letters from experts in the field

Self-nomination is disallowed.

Nominations by a Steering Committee member are allowed.

After the nomination deadline, the committee will then rank the nominated papers according to the following selection criteria:

  • Impact of the paper within and outside of the community
  • Scientific quality of the paper

and will make a decision by October 1. The committee may pick either exactly one paper or no paper at all, if it feels that none of the nominations has had sufficient impact. If a paper is selected, the Steering Committee Chair will contact the authors of that paper and invite them to give a plenary talk at next year’s SPAA conference.

Funding: No funding will be provided for the award, but the author giving the plenary talk will get free registration and an honorarium to cover her/his travel expenses. The money for the honorarium will come from the registration fees for the current SPAA conference.

Award announcement: Each Test-of-Time Award will be published on the SPAA website and will be announced using standard mailing lists in the parallel and distributed computing communities.

Conflict of interest: The award committee will follow a conflict of interest policy that is consistent with that of ACM: