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Editor's Note

Laxmi N.

Pages: 1185-1187

It is my pleasure to inform you that TPDS's submission-to-publication time has been reduced to 18 months. More importantly, the average time for a first decision on a paper is approximately four months for all papers handled in 2005 and 2006, which is comparable to the best conferences in our areas. We received 425 regular papers and 25 special issue papers in 2006. Although the total number of submissions to TPDS remains healthy, I would like to see more submissions in parallel processing architectures, systems, and application areas. Our acceptance rate of papers was 24 percent for all papers submitted in 2005, and so far, it is 13 percent for 2006 papers, which speaks of the high quality of our journal.

Drs. Tim Davis, Jennifer Hou, George Karypis, Koji Nakano, Yavuz Oruç, Cauligi Raghavendra, Anand Sivasubramaniam, and Ivan Stojmenovic have completed their terms and retired from the Editorial Board recently. I sincerely thank them for their time and effort, which contributed to the improvement in quality of TPDS. I also take this opportunity to welcome and introduce a few distinguished researchers to the Editorial Board of TPDS. Drs. Azzedine Boukerche, Fabrizio Petrini, Asim Smailagic, Pradip K. Srimani, and Masafumi Yamashita are appointed as new Associate Editors. Their short biographies and areas of research are given below. I am confident they will contribute to further enhancing the quality and timeliness of TPDS.

As always, I invite comments and suggestions from authors, reviewers, and readers on how to improve the quality of this transaction. I also seek your help in spreading the word about TPDS to your colleagues.

Laxmi N. Bhuyan


About the Authors

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Azzedine Boukerche is a full professor and holds a Canada Research Chair position at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada. He is the founding director of the PARADISE Research Laboratory at uOttawa. Prior to this, he held a faculty position at the University of North Texas and McGill University, Canada. He worked as a senior scientist in the Simulation Sciences Division, Metron Corporation, located in San Diego, California. He also spent a year at the JPL/NASA-California Institute of Technology where he contributed to a project centered around the specification and verification of the software used to control interplanetary spacecraft operated by the JPL/NASA Laboratory. His current research interests include distributed and mobile systems, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, distributed and mobile computing, wireless multimedia, QoS service provisioning, performance evaluation and modeling of distributed systems, large-scale distributed interactive simulation, and parallel discrete event simulation. Dr. Boukerche has published several research papers in these areas and he received several awards for his work. He is a cofounder of the QShine International Conference on Quality of Service for Wireless/Wired Heterogeneous Networks (QShine '04), served as a general chair for several conferences, and as a technical program committee member of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences related to parallel and distributed systems, wireless networking and mobile computing, ad hoc and sensor networks, wireless multimedia, and distributed simulation systems. He served as a guest editor for several international journals, including the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing ( JPDC) (special issue on routing for mobile ad hoc, special issue for wireless communication and mobile computing, and special issue for mobile ad hoc networking and computing), ACM/Kluwer Wireless Networks, ACM/Kluwer Mobile Networks Applications, and the Journal of Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing. He is serving as a general vice chair for the Third IEEE Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (DCOSS 2007), and the program cochair for Globecom 2007 and 2008 - Ad Hoc and Sensor Networking Symposium and the International Conference on Wireless and Optical Communication Networks (WOCN '07) and a vice program chair for ICPP 2008. Dr. Boukerche serves as an associate editor and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, the Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks, the Wiley International Journal of Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing, the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine, and the SCS Transactions on Simulation. He also serves as a steering committee chair for the ACM Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation for Wireless and Mobile Systems Symposium, the ACM Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks, the IEEE Workshop on Performance and Management of Wireless and Mobile Networks, and the IEEE Distributed Simulation and Real-Time Applications Symposium. Dr. Boukerche recently published the book on Algorithms for Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing (Chapman & Hall/CRC 2005).
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Fabrizio Petrini is a senior researcher of the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. Before his appointment at TJ Watson, he was a laboratory fellow in the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a member of the technical staff of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a research fellow in the Computing Laboratory at Oxford University (UK), a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, and a member of the technical staff at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. His research interests include various aspects of supercomputers, including multicore processors, high-performance interconnection networks and network interfaces, fault-tolerance, job scheduling algorithms, parallel architectures, operating systems and parallel programming languages. He received numerous awards from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for contributions to supercomputing projects and from other organizations for scientific publications. He served as general and technical cochair of Hot Interconnects from 2005 to 2007, general cochair of the Workshop on System Management Tools for Large-Scale Parallel Systems from 2005 to 2007, and general cochair of the International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications in 2005.
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Asim Smailagic is a research professor at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, College of Engineering, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He is also director of the Laboratory for Interactive and Wearable Computer Systems at CMU, which has pioneered more than 30 generations of wearable computers over the last 15 years, and several prototypes of pervasive context aware computer systems. Dr. Smailagic received the Fulbright postdoctoral award at Carnegie Mellon in computer science in 1988. He has been a program chairman or cochairman of IEEE conferences more than 10 times. He is chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems. He has acted as coeditor, associate editor, and guest editor in leading archival technical journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems, the Journal on Pervasive and Mobile Computing, the Journal on VLSI Signal Processing, the Journal on Information Technology, etc. He codeveloped an interdisciplinary concurrent design methodology and is widely recognized for his pioneering work in the design and rapid prototyping of wearable computers. Dr. Smailagic has written or edited books in the areas of mobile computing, digital system design, field programmable gate arrays, and VLSI systems. His book on rapid design and prototyping of digital systems using field programmable logic has been used as a textbook at more than two dozen universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. He has given keynote lectures at many representative international conferences. He has published more than 120 scientific papers in archival technical journals and conferences, and some of them received the best paper awards. He participated in several major research projects that represent milestones in the evolution of computer system architectures: from CMU's Cm* Multiprocessor System and Edinburgh Multi-Microprocessor Assembly (EMMA) to CMU's parallel and distributed computer systems, and the current projects on wearable computer systems, smart modules computers, CMU Communicator, Aura pervasive context aware computing, and quality of life technologies. He has served on numerous advisory boards, US National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels, and consulting assignments.
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Pradip K. Srimani received the PhD degree in radio physics and electronics from the University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India, in 1978. He is a professor of computer science at Clemson University, South Carolina (he was the department chair between August 2000 and December 2006). He had previously served on the faculties of the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, Gesselschaft fuer Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung, Bonn, West Germany, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and the University of Technology, Compiegne, France. His research interests include parallel and distributed algorithms, mobile computing, computer networks, and graph theory applications. He has authored/coauthored more than 200 papers in journals and conferences and edited two books for the IEEE Computer Society Press. He served in the past as editor-in-chief for the IEEE Computer Society Press and as a member of the editorial boards of IEEE Software, the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and Parallel Computing. He has served as a Distinguished Visiting Speaker and Chapter Tutorial Speaker for CS for the past several years. He has guest edited special issues for the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Parallel Computing, Computer, Software, the Journal of Computer and Software Engineering, the Journal of Systems Software, VLSI Design, the International Journal of Systems Science, etc. He has served on the national IEEE Computer Society/ACM task force on curriculum design for computer science and computer engineering He has also served many conferences in various capacities as program chair, general chair, and tutorial speaker. Currently, he serves as a Commissioner of Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. He is a fellow of IEEE.
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Masafumi Yamashita received the BE and ME degrees from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan in 1974 and 1977, respectively. He received the doctor of engineering degree from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan in 1981. From 1980 to 1985, he was with the Department of Information and Computer Sciences, Toyohashi University of Technology, Aichi, Japan. In 1985, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at Hiroshima University as an associate professor, and was a professor from 1992 to 1998. Since 1998, he is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Communication Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He has held visiting appointments many times with Simon Fraser University, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interest includes theoretical aspects in distributed computing, in particular, distributed algorithms, molecular computing, and autonomous mobile robot algorithms. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers of Japan, the Information Processing Society of Japan, SIAM Japan, the IEEE, and the ACM.
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