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Issue No. 05 - May (2006 vol. 17)
ISSN: 1045-9219
pp: 401-402
Since I took over the charge as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) in January 2006, I have recommended a few changes in the review and publication of papers. My aim is to have decisions made within six months of submission of a paper, which means that outstanding papers can be accepted as fast as a conference. The name of the associate editor who handled a paper will be published along with the paper so as to give proper credit and recognition to his/her hard work. Finally, I have recommended changes in the scope of TPDS to include many emerging areas such as chip multiprocessors, grid computing, sensor networks, and peer-to-peer technologies among others.
I thank all the associate editors for their sincerity and devotion in handling the papers. In particular, Drs. Jim Plank, Mustaque Ahamad, and Jose Fortes who have completed their terms and retired from the editorial board recently. I very much appreciate their time and effort in processing the papers. I also take this opportunity to welcome and introduce a few distinguished researchers to the editorial board of TPDS. Drs. Ravi Iyer, Xiaohua Jia, Prasant Mohapatra, Behrooz Parhami, and Mukesh Singhal are appointed as new associate editors, and Dr. Xiaodong Zhang from the Ohio State University will take charge as the associate EIC. Their short biographies are given below. I am confident that they will immensely contribute to further enhancing the quality of TPDS.
I invite suggestions from authors, reviewers, and readers on how to improve the quality of this transaction. Please submit your high quality papers to TPDS. I shall do my best to cut down the review time and further increase the visibility of TPDS.
Laxmi N. Bhuyan

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Ravi Iyer received the PhD degree in computer science from Texas A&M University. He has been with Intel since 1999 and is currently working as a senior research scientist with the Systems Technology Lab. Previously, he also worked for the Computer Systems Laboratory at Hewlett Packard Laboratory and in the Enterprise Platforms Group at Intel Corporation. He has published more than 50 papers in the areas of computer architecture, server design, network protocols/acceleration, workload characterization, and performance evaluation. His current research focus is on large-scale CMP architectures and technologies. He has held program committee member positions in various conferences and workshops. Most recently, he was a program committee member for HPCA 2006 and a cochair for the Commercial Workloads Workshop (CAECW) held along with HPCA. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and is a member of the IEEE.

Xiaohua Jia received the DSc degree from the University of Tokyo in 1991. He is a tenured professor with the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong. Professor Jia has coauthored (coedited) five books, more than 80 international journal articles, and approximately 100 international conference papers. Many of his works were published in IEEE or ACM transactions and IEEE INFOCOM. He is an editor of five international journals and has been a general chair, program committee chair, or organization committee member of many international conferences or workshops, including international vice-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2005. His areas of expertise are operating systems, distributed algorithms, distributed systems, World Wide Web (WWW), multicast, routing protocols, ad hoc networks, and sensor networks.

Prasant Mohapatra received the PhD degree in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993. He is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. In the past, he was on the faculty at Iowa State University and Michigan State University. He has also held visiting scientist positions at Intel Corporation, Panasonic Technologies, Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore, and National ICT Australia (NICTA). He was/is on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, ACM WINET, and Ad Hoc Networks. He has been on the program/organizational committees of several international conferences. He was the program vice chair of INFOCOM 2004, and the program cochair of the First IEEE International Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON 2004). He has been a guest editor for IEEE Network, the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Computer. Dr. Mohapatra's research interests are in the areas of wireless networks, sensor networks, Internet protocols, and QoS. His research has been funded though grants from the US National Science Foundation, Intel Corporation, Siemens, Panasonic Technologies, Hewlett Packard, and EMC Corporation.

Behrooz Parhami received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1973. He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has research interests in computer arithmetic, dependable computing, and parallel processing; within the latter area, his work focuses on massively parallel architectures and interconnection networks. In his previous position with Sharif (formerly Arya-Mehr) University of Technology in Tehran, Iran (1974-1988), he was also involved in educational planning, curriculum development, standardization efforts, technology transfer, and various editorial responsibilities, including a five-year term as editor of Computer Report, a Persian-language computing periodical. His technical publications include more than 220 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, a Persian language textbook, and an English/Persian glossary of computing terms. Among his publications are three textbooks on parallel processing (Plenum, 1999), computer arithmetic (Oxford, 2000), and computer architecture (Oxford, 2005). He is a fellow of the IEEE, a chartered fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the ACM, and a distinguished member of the Informatics Society of Iran for which he served as a founding member and president from 1979-1984. He also served as chairman of the IEEE Iran Section (1977-1986) and received the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984. He has served on many conference committees and is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems.

Mukesh Singhal received the BEng degree in electronics and communication engineering with high distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, in 1980 and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, in May 1986. He is a full professor and Gartener Group Endowed Chair in Network Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Kentucky, Lexington. From 1986 to 2001, he was a faculty member in computer and information science at The Ohio State University. His current research interests include distributed systems, wireless and mobile computing systems, computer networks, computer security, and performance evaluation. He has published more than 175 refereed articles in these areas. He is a fellow of the IEEE. He is a recipient of 2003 IEEE Technical Achievement Award.

Xiaodong Zhang received the BS degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University in 1982, and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1989. He is the Robert M. Critchfield professor in engineering and the chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University. He was on the computer science faculty and the department chair at the College of William and Mary before joining Ohio State. His research interests include high-performance computing and distributed systems. He was the program director of advanced computational research at the US National Science Foundation, 2001-2004. He is the associate editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is currently an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Micro.
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