SAN JOSE, Calif., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), the leading provider of solutions that address critical communications and productivity challenges facing healthcare, hospitality, retail and other mobile work environments, today announced that its founder and chief technology officer, Robert Shostak, PhD, has been awarded the 2013 Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing for his co-authored paper, "The Byzantine Generals Problem". Shostak, who worked with two other scientists on this fault-tolerance theory, Marshall Pease and Leslie Lamport, will be awarded the honor at the 43rd Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) this week in Budapest, Hungary. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120711/MM39184LOGO) The Jean-Claude Laprie Award recognizes outstanding papers that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of Dependable Computing. "The Byzantine Generals Problem" is the seminal paper on Byzantine Fault Tolerance, a design that enables a redundant system to handle malfunctioning computer components sending conflicting information to different parts of a system. This concept is expressed abstractly as a group of Byzantine generals, who, communicating only by messenger, must overcome their geographic separation and the traitors among them in order to make a unanimous decision about whether to attack an enemy army. Byzantine fault-tolerant algorithms must cope with communication failures in a way that allows the loyal generals (or non-faulty components) to reach an agreement. "I am elated to receive this award and to be recognized by this prestigious international forum on Dependable Computing," said Robert Shostak, co-founder of Vocera. "The relevance of this research to modern technology, including the Vocera communication system, is a powerful testament to the proven principles of Byzantine Fault Tolerance." Robert Shostak co-founded Vocera Communications, Inc. in 2000. Under his guidance, Vocera technology has consistently provided smarter ways to communicate that improve patient and customer satisfaction. The architecture of the system, including Vocera's clustering technology, embodies the principles of Byzantine Fault Tolerance. As a result, thousands of organizations nationwide trust the reliability and availability of the Vocera system. About Vocera CommunicationsVocera is the leading provider of mobile communication solutions that address critical productivity and safety challenges facing healthcare, hospitality, retail and other mobile work environments. One of the fastest growing mobile technology companies, Vocera is widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate that improve patient and customer satisfaction. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, Vocera® Voice Communication, Secure Messaging, and Patient Experience solutions are installed in more than 1,000 organizations worldwide. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices in Tennessee, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraCom on Twitter.