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Mathematics and Computer Science Division

J. H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

In honor of the outstanding contributions of Dr. James Hardy Wilkinson to the field of numerical software, Argonne National Laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, and the Numerical Algorithms Group award a numerical software prize of US $3000.

Rules for Submission

Each author of an entry must be at most 40 years of age on January 1 of the year of the award. Each entry must contain the following:

  • Software written in a widely available high-level programming language.
  • A two-page summary of the main features of the algorithm and software implementation.
  • A paper describing the algorithm and the software implementation. The paper should give an analysis of the algorithm and indicate any special programming features.
  • Documentation of the software that describes its purpose and method of use.
  • Examples of use of the software, including a test program and data.

Selection Criteria

The award will be made to the entry that best addresses all phases of the preparation of high-quality numerical software, including the following:

  • Clarity of the paper and software implementation and documentation
  • Importance of application addressed by the software
  • Portability, reliability, efficiency and usability of the software implementation
  • Depth of analysis of the algorithm and the software
  • Quality of the test software


Requirements for submissions to the 2015 Prize will soon be available.

Previous Winners

  • 1991 prize: Linda Petzold for DASSL
  • 1995 prize: Chris Bischof and Alan Carle for ADIFOR 2.0
  • 1999 prize: Matteo Frigo and Steven Johnson for FFTW
  • 2003 prize: Jonathan Shewchuk for Triangle
  • 2007 prize: Wolfgang Bangerth, Guido Kanschat, and Ralf Hartmann for deal.II
  • 2011 prize: Andreas Waechter and Carl D. Laird for Ipopt