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Two US Scientists Win Top Award for Designing Communication Behind Internet

Two U.S. scientists have won what is widely considered the highest prize for computing, the A.M. Turing Award, for their work designing a set of computer communication standards that became the underpinnings of the Internet.

The award is considered the "Nobel Prize" of computing and carries with it a prize of $100,000.

This year's award honors Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn for their work in 1973, which defined the cornerstone of the Internet.

The two scientists created a communication system between different computers, allowing them to share information, a structure known as Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol or TCP/IP.

Mr. Cerf and Mr. Kahn have won a number of awards, and will officially receive the Turing prize at a banquet in June.

The award was named after British mathematician and computer science founder, Alan M. Turing. The cryptographer led the effort to crack the "enigma code," deciphering German messages during World War II.