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Editor’s Note

Laxmi N.

Pages: pp. 145-146

It is my pleasure to inform you that the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) submission to publication time has now reduced to 10 months. More importantly, the average time for first decision on a paper is around four months for all papers handled in 2006 and 2007, which is comparable to the best conferences in our areas. However, conferences do not accept papers with major revisions, but we do. We received 462 regular papers and 23 special issue papers in 2007. Although the total number of submissions to TPDS remains healthy, I would like to see more submissions in parallel processing and distributed processing architectures, systems, and application areas. Our acceptance rate of papers was 26 percent for all papers submitted in 2007, which speaks of the high quality of our journal.

Drs. David Bader, Kai Hwang, Andrea Pietracaprina, Jang-Ping Sheu, and Denis Trystram 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. Cevdet Aykanat, Hong Jiang, Per Stenström, Yu-Chee Tseng, and Jon Weissman have been 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 a word about TPDS to your colleagues.

Laxmi N. Bhuyan


About the Authors

Cevdet Aykanat received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, and received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Ohio State University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. He worked as a research associate at the Intel Supercomputer Systems Division in Beaverton, Oregon. Professor Aykanat has been affiliated with the Department of Computer Engineering at Bilkent University, Turkey, since 1989 and has been the director of Bilkent Summer School since 2005. His research interests include parallel computing and its combinatorial aspects, parallel computer graphics applications, parallel data mining, hypergraph partitioning, load balancing, high-performance information retrieval and GIS, and grid computing. Professor Aykanat (co)authored approximately 50 articles in journals indexed by ISI. His publications received more than 300 citations in ISI journals. He has been the coordinator and principal investigator of several applied research projects funded by the European Union, TUBITAK, and Intel-SSD. He has been a member of the IFIP Working Group 10.3 (Concurrent Systems) since 2004. He is the recipient of the 1995 TUBITAK Investigator Award and the 2007 Parlar Science Award.
Hong Jiang received the BSc degree in computer engineering in 1982 from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China; the MASc degree in computer engineering in 1987 from the University of Toronto, Canada; and the PhD degree in computer science in 1991 from the Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Since August 1991, he has been at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he served as vice chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from 2001 to 2007 and is a professor of computer science and engineering. His present research interests include computer architecture, computer storage systems and parallel I/O, parallel/distributed computing, cluster and Grid computing, performance evaluation, real-time systems, middleware, and distributed systems for distance education. He has more than 150 publications in major journals and international conferences in these areas, including the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, ISCA, FAST, ICDCS, OOPLAS, ECOOP, ICS, HPDC, ICPP, etc., and his research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Defense (DOD), and the State of Nebraska. Dr. Jiang is a member of the ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, and ACM SIGARCH.
Per Stenström received the PhD degree in computer engineering from Lund University, Sweden, Â in 1990. Since 1995, he has been a professor of computer engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. His research interests are devoted to design principles for high-performance computer systems. He is an author of two textbooks and more than 100 publications in major journals and international conferences in this area. He has served on approximately 50 program committees of major conferences in the computer architecture field. He has been an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, is an editor of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilation Techniques. He has also acted as general as well as program chairman of ACM/IEEE ISCA (2001 and 2004, respectively), program cochair for IEEE HPCA (2008) and program chairman of IEEE IPDPS (2009). He is a member of the ACM and a fellow of the IEEE.
Yu-Chee Tseng received the PhD degree in computer and information science from the Ohio State University in January of 1994. He is professor (2000-present), chairman (2005-present), and associate dean (2007-present) in the Department of Computer Science, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan. He is also an adjunct chair professor at the Chung Yuan Christian University (2006-present). Dr. Tseng received the Outstanding Research Award from the National Science Council, ROC, in both 2001-2002 and 2003-2005, the Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Parallel Processing in 2003, the Elite I.T. Award in 2004, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio State University in 2005. His research interests include mobile computing, wireless communication, and parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Tseng serves on the editorial board for Telecommunication Systems (2005-present), the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2005-present), and the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2006-present).
Jon Weissman received the BS degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1984, and the MS and PhD degrees from the University of Virginia in 1989 and 1995, respectively, all in computer science. He is a leading researcher in the area of high-performance distributed computing. His involvement dates back to the influential Legion project at the University of Virginia while pursuing his PhD. He is currently an associate professor of computer science at the University of Minnesota, where he leads the Distributed Computing Systems Group. His current research interests are in Grid computing, distributed systems, high-performance computing, resource management, reliability, and e-science applications. He works primarily at the boundary between applications and systems. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an awardee of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (1995). He spent the 2007-2008 academic year as a research visitor at the National E-Science Centre and as an Honorary Fellow of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.
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