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|Alma mater||Technion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|Known for||Software transactional memory, wait-free algorithms|
|Awards||Gödel prize, Dijkstra prize|
|Fields||Computer science: concurrent and parallel computing|
Nir Shavit (Hebrew: ניר שביט) is an Israeli computer scientist. He is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Tel Aviv University and a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nir Shavit received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1984 and 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1990. Shavit is a co-author of the book The Art of Multiprocessor Programming, is a winner of the 2004 Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science for his work on applying tools from algebraic topology to model shared memory computability, and a winner of the 2012 Dijkstra Prize for the introduction and first implementation of software transactional memory. He is a past program chair of the ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) and the ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA).
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