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Editor’s Note


Pages: pp. 289-291

In an effort to improve the quality and impact factor of this journal, I invite authors to submit short papers and survey papers. Short papers (brief contributions, concise papers, technical correspondences) are approximately half the size of a regular article and should contain contributions that are shorter in length but theoretically or practically valuable. Comments on recent IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) papers are also welcome if they include technical corrections and valuable additional insights and contributions. Survey papers should be aimed at attracting new researchers to a particular area and should be primarily of a tutorial nature. The main ideas should be presented in a clear and concise manner, with examples as appropriate, so that readers can grasp the essence without directly reading the references listed. An extensive and informative list of references with descriptions of the problems solved therein is also welcome.

One of my goals for TPDS is to raise its use, which is primarily measured by citations. The TPDS home page ( contains a list of the top cited articles for each year of TPDS. I believe that the presentation quality of the articles is an important prediction factor for their use. My editorial from the February 2010 issue contained brief suggestions on how to present research contributions. The full version of this article is available on the TPDS Web site.

It is time to thank some of our dedicated editorial board members who are retiring and to welcome new members to the board. I thank associate editors Ravishankar Iyer, Xiaohua Jia, Prasant Mohapatra, Behrooz Parhami, and Mukesh Singhal, whose term ended in February 2010, for their commitment and effort during their tenure on the board. I would like to express my deepest appreciation for their contribution. In addition, I welcome a group of distinguished and highly qualified new members to our board, whose term started in December 2009. These new members cover a wide range of specialized areas. I am very proud to present them to you. Their biographies appear below: JianNong Cao, Yiming Hu, Keqin Li, Xiang-Yang Li, Amiya Nayak, David Simplot-Ryl, and Damla Turgut. I believe they will bring new ideas and new enthusiasm to our journal and will continue to bring our readers the best research papers produced in our research community, in a timely fashion.

Ivan Stojmenovic


About the Authors

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JianNong Cao received the BSc degree in computer science from Nanjing University, China and the MSc and PhD degrees from Washington State University, all in computer science. He is a full professor and associate head of the Department of Computing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab in the same department. He is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, the National University of Defense Technology, Central South University, and Northwest Polytechnic University in China. His research interests include computer networks, mobile and pervasive computing, parallel and distributed computing, fault tolerance, and middleware. His main areas of expertise are the design and evaluation of algorithms and the development of system models and tools for computer networking and parallel/distributed computing. His recent research has focused on how to develop protocols/algorithms and build middleware and applications, more specifically within the context of pervasive computing and peer-to-peer computing. He has coauthored a book on mobile computing, coedited nine books, and published more than 280 papers in international journals and conference proceedings (including top journals IEEE TSE, IEEE TC, IEEE TPDS, IEEE TWC, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TVT; Computer, IEEE Internet Computing, CACM, JPDC, PMC, and top conferences ICDCS, PERCOM, INFOCOM, ICNP, WWW, DSN, SRDS).
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Yiming Hu joined the University of Cincinnati in 1999. He conducts research in the general areas of computer architecture and operating systems. He was the recipient of a 2000 US National Science Foundation Career Award. He has published papers in journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Computers ( TC) and IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS), and in almost all leading conferences, such as the International Symposium on Computer Architectures (ISCA), the International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), the ACM Joint International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (SIGMETRICS), the USENIX Technical Conference (USENIX), the Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), the International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP), and the International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED). He also holds two US patents. He has served in various capacities for numerous international conferences as the general chair, program chair, local arrangement chair, financial chair, and committee member. Prior to 1995, he was an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Huazhong of University of Science and Technology. Dr. Hu is a senior member of the IEEE.
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Keqin Li received the BS degree in computer science from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1985,and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Houston, Texas, in 1990. He has been a SUNY distinguished professor of computer science since 2009 at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His research interests are in design and analysis of algorithms, parallel and distributed computing, and computer networking, with particular interests in approximation algorithms, parallel algorithms, job scheduling, task dispatching, load balancing, performance evaluation, dynamic tree embedding, scalability analysis, parallel computing using optical interconnects, wireless networks, and optical networks. He has published more than 210 journal and conference papers and book chapters. He has also coedited six international conference proceedings and a book entitled Parallel Computing Using Optical Interconnections (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998). He has served in various capacities for numerous international conferences as program/steering/advisory committee member, workshop chair, track chair, and special session organizer. He received best paper awards at PDPTA ’96, IEEE NAECON ’97, and IEEE IPDPS ’00. He received a recognition award from the International Association of Science and Technology for Development in October 1998.
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Xiang-Yang Li received two BS degrees from Tsinghua University, China, in 1995 and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and 2001, respectively. He has been an associate professor since 2006 in the Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a member of the special class (of 20 students) in China prepared for the International Mathematics Olympics (IMO) from 1988 to 1990. His research interests span wireless ad hoc networks, game theory, computational geometry, and cryptography and network security. He has published approximately 80 conference papers in top-quality conferences such as ACM MobiCom, ACM MobiHoc, ACM SODA, ACM STOC, IEEE INFOCOM, etc. He has more than 50 journal papers published or accepted for publication. He is an editor of Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks: An International Journal and Networks: An International Journal. He served in various positions (such as the conference chair, local arrangement chair, financial chair, session chair, or TPC member) at a number of international conferences such as AAIM, IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MobiHoc, ACM STOC, and ACM MobiCom. In 2008, he published a monograph “Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks: Theory and Applications.” He is a senior member of the IEEE
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Amiya Nayak received the BMath degree in computer science and combinatorics and optimization from the University of Waterloo in 1981 and the PhD degree in systems and computer engineering from Carleton University in 1991. He has more than 17 years of industrial experience, working at CMC Electronics, Defense Research Establishment Ottawa (DREO), EER Systems, and Nortel Networks, in software engineering, avionics and navigation systems, simulation, and system level performance analysis. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems, the International Journal of Computers and Applications, the International Journal of Computer Information Technology and Engineering, and the International Journal of Computing and Information Science. Currently, he is a full professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are in the areas of mobile ad hoc and sensor networks, fault tolerance, and distributed systems/algorithms, with more than 140 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
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David Simplot-Ryl received the Graduate Engineer degree in computer science, automation, electronic, and electrical engineering and the MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Lille, France, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. In 1998, he joined the Fundamental Computer Science Laboratory of Lille (LIFL), where he is currently a professor. He received the Habilitation degree from the University of Lille in 2003. His research interests include sensor and mobile ad hoc networks, mobile and distributed computing, embedded operating systems, smart objects, and RFID technologies. Recently, he mainly contributes to international standardization about RFID tag identification protocols in partnership with Gemplus and TagSys companies. He writes scientific papers, book chapters, and patents and he received the Best Paper Award at the Ninth International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications (PWC ’04) and at the Second International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN ’06). Since 2008, he has been the scientific chair of INRIA Lille Nord Europe Research Centre. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
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Damla Turgut received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include wireless networking and mobile computing, wireless communication and coordination in embodied agents, and urban sensing. Dr. Turgut has published more than five dozen refereed technical papers and book chapters. Dr. Turgut serves as a member of the editorial board and of the technical program committee of ACM and IEEE journals and international conferences. She is a member of the IEEE, the ACM, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon honorary society.
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