Among other accomplishments, Herlihy helped to develop transactional memory, a technique that allows computers with multiple processors to coordinate shared data revisions in real time. Both Intel and IBM have incorporated the technique into hardware architecture in recent years. Herlihy’s many publications during his nearly 30-year academic career have been cited nearly 20,000 times. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and the 2013 winner of the IEEE Computer Society’s prestigious W. Wallace McDowell Award.
“I am very gratified," Maurice says, "that the value of research in distributed computing, once considered of mostly theoretical interest, has been recognized in this way."