Valmir C. Barbosa holds the electronics engineer degree (magna cum laude, 1980) and the master's degree in com-puter science (1982) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles (1986). He is a professor of systems engineering and computer science at UFRJ and has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Rio Scientific Center, at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, and at the Computer Science Division of the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in the areas of distributed and parallel processing, and of complex systems in general. He is the author of the books Massively Parallel Models of Computation (Ellis Horwood, 1993), An Introduction to Distributed Algorithms (MIT Press, 1996), and An Atlas of Edge-Reversal Dynamics (Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2000). He served on the editorial board of Parallel Computing between 1997 and 2005.
Giuseppe Lipari graduated in computer engineering from the University of Pisa in 1996, and received the PhD degree in computer engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in 2000. He is an associate professor of operating systems at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. His main research activities are in real-time scheduling theory and its application to real-time operating systems, soft real-time systems for multimedia applications, and component-based real-time systems.
Alessandro Mei received the Laurea degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1994, and the PhD degree in mathematics from the University of Trento, Italy, in 1999. In 1998, he was at the Department of EE-Systems of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, as a visiting scholar for one year. After holding a postdoctoral position at the University of Trento, in 2001 he joined the Faculty of the Computer Science Department, University of Rome "La Sapienza," Italy, as an assistant professor. His main research interests include algorithms for parallel, distributed, and optical systems, security of distributed systems and networks, and reconfigurable computing. He was presented with the Best Paper Award of the 16th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium in 2002, the EE-Systems Outstanding Research Paper Award of the University of Southern California for 2000, and the Outstanding Paper Award of the Fifth IEEE/ACM International Conference on High Performance Computing in 1998.
C. Siva Ram Murthy received the PhD degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1988. Since then, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, where he has been a professor since September 2000. He is the coauthor of the textbooks Parallel Computers: Architecture and Programming (Prentice-Hall of India), New Parallel Algorithms for Direct Solution of Linear Equations (John Wiley & Sons), Resource Management in Real-Time Systems and Networks (MIT Press), WDM Optical Networks: Concepts, Design, and Algorithms (Prentice Hall), and Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Architectures and Protocols (Prentice Hall). His research interests include parallel and distributed computing, real-time systems, lightwave networks, and wireless networks. He has published more than 200 research papers in these areas. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a senior member of the IEEE.
Bharadwaj Veeravalli received the BSc degree in physics, from Madurai-Kamaraj Uiversity, India, in 1987, the master's degree in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1991, and the PhD degree from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1994. He did his postdoctoral research in the Department of Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1996. He is currently with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Engineering (CIE) division, at The National University of Singapore, Singapore, as a tenured associate professor. His research interests include multiprocessor systems, cluster/grid computing, scheduling in parallel and distributed systems, bioinformatics and computational biology, and multimedia computing. He is one of the earliest researchers in the field of divisible load theory. He has published more than 75 papers in international journals and conferences. He is the coauthor of three research monographs in the areas of parallel and distributed systems, distributed databases, and multimedia systems. He guest edited a special isue on cluster/grid computing for the Internationl Journal of Computers & Applications ( IJCA) in 2004. He was recently invited to contribute to Multimedia Encyclopedia (Kluwer Academic, 2005). He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics-A and IJCA as an associate editor. He has served as a program committee member and as a session chair for several international conferences. He is a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.
Cho-Li Wang received the BS degree in computer science and information engineering from National Taiwan University in 1985. He received the MS and PhD degrees in computer engineering from the University of Southern California in 1990 and 1995, respectively. He is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hong Kong. His research interests include parallel architectures, operating systems, Java virtual machine, cluster/grid middleware, and performance benchmarking. He has published more than 90 papers in various peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Wang has served on numerous conference program committees and was a program cochair for the IEEE 2003 International Conference on Cluster Computing. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications ( JPCC) and Multiagent and Grid Systems ( MAGS).
Zhiwei Xu received the PhD degree from the University of Southern California in 1987. He is currently a professor and deputy director of the Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research areas include high-performance computer architecture, distributed systems, parallel programming, operating systems, and grid computing.