Alan Adamson is SPECtacular

Another SPECtacular award from the SPEC annual meeting: Alan Adamson retired from IBM where he had been their primary SPEC Representative, held a number of different elective positions in SPEC, and earned deep respect and trust from his colleagues. Coming from the IBM Toronto Software Lab, Alan was a natural to lead SPEC's Java committee. Having put that very large committee in smooth running order, Alan was elected secretary to the Power committee helping it to produce the first industry standard power performance benchmark. Meanwhile he led the OSG steering committee which coordinates activities of all the SPEC OSG committees.

Alan genuinely cares about the well-being of SPEC and the people involved. He demonstrates incredible thoughtfulness and effectiveness in thinking about SPEC's benchmark development. He fosters the fun and friendly SPEC culture where there is always time to share a joke or a funny story if appropriate. At the same time he creates space for candid discussions of serious matter. Alan's leadership and personal effort has been a big contributor to the success of SPEC.

Alan continues to hold one position in SPEC, as a director, because members of the board of directors are elected as individuals, not as companies. Alan serves as a general chair of the 2010 WOSP/SIPEWInternational Conference on Performance Engineering, a joint conference of SPEC and ACM which brings together top academic researchers and industry practitioners in performance engineering.

You can follow Alan on his blog, for interesting insights on art, technology, politics, and life - where he is just as opinionated as ever, just as modest as ever, just as intolerant of stupidity, and just as tolerant of the people involved - even when we are opinionated, immodest, and stupid at times. For all his hard work in SPEC I can think of nobody more deserving of a relaxing retirement than Alan, and nobody whom we will miss more than him!

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I am a software engineer in San Diego, president of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (spec.org), formerly a mathematician and a violist.

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