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Albert Zomaya

TC EIC

 

A Word from the Editor-in-Chief,
Albert Y. Zomaya

 

 

 

Call for Papers: IEEE Transactions on Computers Special Section on Computer Arithmetic

Guest Editors Alberto Nannarelli, Peter-Michael Seidel, and Ping Tak Peter Tang [http://www.computer.org/portal/web/tc] seeking original manuscripts for the IEEE Transactions on Computers Special Section on Computer Arithmetic. Submission deadline: September 15, 2013.

 

Computer arithmetic is fundamental to the design of general-purpose and domain-specific processors. Novel arithmetic algorithms and hardware designs are needed to satisfy the power-performance requirements of numerically-intensive applications in a variety of areas including scientific computing, cryptography, multimedia, graphics and digital signal processing. Specialized number representations and encodings play a significant role in the design of arithmetic algorithms and their implementations. Additionally, understanding the fundamental properties of finite precision number systems is essential in the engineering of efficient arithmetic algorithms, as well as the current and future emerging technologies are important in influencing the design and the implementation of such algorithms.

The full Call for Papers can be found here: http://www.computer.org/cms/Computer.org/transactions/cfps/cfp_tcsi_arith.pdf

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Progressive Congestion Management Based on Packet Marking and Validation Techniques

by Joan-LLuis Ferrer, Elvira Baydal, Antonio Robles, Pedro Lopez, and Jose Duato

 

Congestion management in multistage interconnection networks is a serious problem not completely solved. In order to avoid the degradation of network performance when congestion appears, several congestion management mechanisms have been proposed. Most of these mechanisms are based on explicit congestion notification. For this purpose, switches detect congestion and depending on the applied strategy, packets are marked to warn the source hosts. In response, source hosts apply some corrective actions to adjust their packet injection rate. Although these proposals seem quite effective, they either exhibit some drawbacks or are partial solutions. Some of them introduce some penalties over the flows not responsible for congestion, whereas others can cope only with congestion situations that last for a short time. In this paper, we present an overview of the different strategies to detect and correct congestion in multistage interconnection networks, and propose a new mechanism referred to as Marking and Validation Congestion Management (MVCM), targeted to this kind of lossless networks, and based on a more refined packet marking strategy combined with a fair set of corrective actions, that makes the mechanism able to effectively manage congestion regardless of the congestion degree. Evaluation results show the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed mechanism.

The full article can be found here: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TC.2011.146

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Essential Sets: Industry's Interest in Computer Arithmetic Research: Part I, Dr. Schwarz's view

Dr. Eric Schwarz describes the important aspects of computer arithmetic research. He provides a list of current questions that need to be solved by research and also what topics are the most interesting to industry.

 

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Essential Sets: Industry's Interest in Computer Arithmetic Research: Part II, Dr. Hu's view

Dr. Hu describes the important aspects of computer arithmetic research. He provides a list of current questions that need to be solved by research and also what topics are the most interesting to industry.

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Concurrent On-Line Testing and Error/Fault Resilience of Digital Systems

Guest editor Cecilia Metra discusses the "Concurrent On-Line Testing and Error/Fault Resilience of Digital Systems" theme issue for IEEE Transactions on Computers. View the issue here:

http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/transactions/tc#3