Kenneth P. Birman and Thomas A. Joseph's paper Exploiting Virtual Synchrony in Distributed Systems, Dec 1987, received a 2013 Hall of Fame award last week at the 11th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. Robbert VanRenesse was also chair of the Dennis Ritchie PhD award committee. Photos from the event are below:

Ken with his frist PhD student, Tommy Joseph

Robbert van Renesse explaining how the Dennis Ritchie PhD award was created and the problem that arose when it turned out that Dennis himself (co-inventor of Unix, inventor of C) never got his PhD

 

Robbert awarding the first PhD award to Roxana Geambasu, a new faculty member at Columbia University