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Pages: pp. 37-38

Dear Readers,

I would like to share with you some of the great things that are happening with IEEE Computer Architecture Letters ( CAL).

Last June, CAL underwent a formal review with the IEEE Computer Society. This is done every few years with every Society periodical, to ensure, among other things, that uniform, high-quality standards are applied and that the needs of the readership are met. While, at the time of this writing, the final report is not yet available, I was very satisfied with the feedback received, where CAL was praised for its rigorous review process and for its effectiveness as an early-result, fast-turnaround venue.

Independent of the periodical review, a number of opportunities for improvement have been discussed within the Editorial Board. One such opportunity is to make review turnaround more consistently fast without sacrificing quality. While we are very happy that the average turnaround time is 25 days, which is better than our 30-day goal, about 30 percent of submissions still experience turnaround times greater than 30 days. Fast turnaround is a critically distinguishing feature of CAL, and we are working hard toward meeting it for all submissions.

We continue to work with HPCA’s Steering Committee and Program Chairs to make Best of CAL a permanent staple of the conference. At this event, authors of our best papers get the “conference limelight,” which matters a lot in our field. For those who have since published their work at a conference, it allows them another opportunity to tell the story, often from a different angle.

As is the case in many other Society periodicals, we have selected for the first time our Distinguished Reviewers of the Year. The selection process this year has looked primarily at how often a person has contributed with reviews for CAL submissions, and how diligent they have been in turning them in on time. Our Distinguished Reviewers this year are Rajeev Balasubramonian from the University of Utah, Hyesoon Kim from Georgia Tech, and Karu Sankaralingam from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, each with more than five CAL reviews under their belt for 2013! A special mention goes to Mark Hill from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who turned in high-quality reviews at record speed on multiple occasions. Congratulations to you all: your commitment to professional service is exemplary, and your effort is greatly appreciated.

I am also happy to announce three new members of our Editorial Board: Mainak Chaudhuri of IIT Kanpur, Diana Franklin of UCSB, and Diana Marculescu of CMU. They each add to what I believe is one of the strongest Editorial Boards in the IEEE Computer Society. I look forward to working with them.

Last, but not least, thank you to all the authors, whose hard work and high-quality contributions make CAL possible. We look forward to your contributions in 2014!

With warmest regards,

José F. Martínez


About the Authors

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Mainak Chaudhuri received the bachelor of technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and the MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. He is currently an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the IIT, Kanpur. His research interests include memory hierarchy for emerging parallel processors and design of scalable parallel algorithms.
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Diana Franklin received the PhD degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002. She is currently a tenured teaching faculty member and director of the Center for Computing Education and Diversity at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation CAREER award and an inaugural recipient of the NCWIT Faculty Mentoring Award. She was an assistant professor (2002-2007) and associate professor (2007) of computer science at the California Polytechnic State University, during which she held the Forbes Chair (2002-2007). Her research interests include parallel programming and architecture, computing education, and ethnic and gender diversity in computing. She has a new book coming out this spring, A Practical Guide to Gender Diversity for CS Faculty.
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Diana Marculescu received the Dipl. Ing. degree in computer science from the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1991 and the PhD degree in computer engineering from the University of Southern California in 1998. She is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation Faculty Career Award (2000-2004), an ACM-SIGDA Technical Leadership Award (2003), the Carnegie Institute of Technology George Tallman Ladd Research Award (2004), an ACM-SIGDA Distinguished Service Award (2010), and Best Paper Awards from IEEE Asia South-Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC 2005), the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD 2008), the International Symposium on Quality of Electronic Design (ISQED 2009), and the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (2011). She has been an IEEE Circuits and Systems Society distinguished lecturer (2004-2005) and chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (2005-2009). Her research interests include energy-, reliability-, and variability-aware computing and CAD for nonsilicon applications. She is an ACM distinguished scientist and a senior member of the IEEE.
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