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Editor’s Note


Pages: pp. 737-738

The IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) has accumulated an important backlog. TPDS is considering the option of becoming an online journal, and submissions continue to increase (at an approximated 20 percent annual increase during the last two years). Because space available in print does have its limitations, the editorial board has no other option but to apply a more rigorous review process. Each paper will receive at least three reviews and will be read by an editor before reaching a decision about “minor” or even “major” revisions. We expect to make more than 500 final (“accept” and “reject”) decisions this year, and could accommodate approximately 130 papers. Therefore, our goal is to achieve about a 25 percent acceptance rate, measured with respect to final decisions only. This rate is needed to prevent backlog from increasing even further. We are also considering converting some papers submitted as regular ones to short papers (with a supplementary file added for missing detail), and considering presentation issues, readability, and the use of published papers more carefully. TPDS will also focus toward its official scope description instead of a wide interpretation of processing any submission related to parallel and distributed systems. This process also naturally leads to the increase in the quality of accepted papers, and hopefully to an increase in TPDS’s impact factor compared to other competing and/or IEEE journals.

To reduce the burden of individual Associate Editors, the number of editors has started to increase, from 32 (throughout 2009) to 39, by the addition of seven new editors in March 2010. More editors will be added soon to increase expertise in areas where we receive more papers. It is my pleasure to introduce the following new AEs: Jose Flich, Y. Charlie Hu, Mahmut Kandemir, Symeon Papavassiliou, Xueyan Tang, Jingyuan Zhang, and Si Qing Zheng. I would like to thank them for agreeing to serve on the Editorial Board. Their biographies are below. Please feel free to send me your feedback and suggestions about the journal and its direction. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ivan Stojmenovic


About the Authors

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Jose Flich received the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Technical University of Valencia (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia), Spain, in 1994 and 2001, respectively. He joined the Department of Computer Engineering (DISCA), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, in 1998, where he is currently an associate professor of computer architecture and technology. His research interests are related to high-performance interconnection networks for multiprocessor systems, cluster of workstations, and networks-on-chip. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. Professor Flich also developed RECN, the only truly scalable congestion management technique proposed to date. He has served as a program committee member for different conferences, including ICPP, IPDPS, HiPC, CAC, ICPADS, and ISCC. He is currently the cochair of the CAC and INA-OCMC workshops. He is the coordinator of the NaNoC EU-funded project (, starting in January 2010.
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Y. Charlie Hu received the MS and MPhil degrees from Yale University in 1992 and the PhD degree in computer science from Harvard University in 1997. He is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and (by courtesy) computer science at Purdue University. From 1997 to 2001, he was a research scientist at Rice University. He cofounded iMimic Networking, Inc., in 1999 which developed high performance web caching software. Dr. Hu’s research interests are in wireless networking, overlay networking, operating systems, and distributed systems. He has published more than 120 papers in these areas, and in top networking and system conferences such as OSDI, NSDI, HPCA, SigComm, Sigmetrics, HotOS, HotNets, IMC, and CoNEXT. Dr. Hu received the Honda Initiation Grant Award in 2002 and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2003. He served as a TPC vice chair for the 2004 International Conference on Parallel Processing and the 2007 International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, and was a cofounder of the International Workshop on Mobile Peer-to-Peer Computing. Dr. Hu is a senior member of the IEEE and the ACM.
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Mahmut Kandemir is a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Microsystems Design Lab. Dr. Kandemir’s research interests are in optimizing compilers, embedded systems, I/O and high performance storage, and power-aware computing. He is the author of more than 80 journal publications and more than 300 conference/workshop papers in these areas. He has served in the program committees of 40 conferences and workshops. His research is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Department of Energy (DoE), and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). He is a recipient of the US NSF CAREER Award and the Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Research Award. He currently serves as the graduate coordinator of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State.
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Symeon Papavassiliou is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Before joining NTUA, he was an associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), while from 1995 to 1999, he was a senior technical staff member at AT&T Laboratories in New Jersey. Dr. Papavassiliou was awarded the Best Paper Award at INFOCOM ’94, the AT&T Division Recognition and Achievement Award in 1997, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2003. He was the director of the Broadband, Mobile, and Wireless Networking Laboratory (2000-2004) and the associate director of the New Jersey Center for Wireless Networking and Internet Security (2002-2004). From August 2006 to August 2009, he served on the Board of the Greek National Regulatory Authority on Telecommunications and Posts. Dr. Papavassiliou has an established record of publications in the field of computer and communication networks, with more than 170 technical journal and conference published papers. His main research interests lie in the areas of mobile wireless networks, with emphasis on resource allocation and scheduling, sensor networks, ad hoc networks, autonomic networks, and stochastic system and protocol performance evaluation.
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Xueyan Tang received the BEng degree in computer science and engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1998, and the PhD degree in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2003. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include distributed systems, mobile and pervasive computing, wireless sensor networks, Web, and Internet. He has published more than 50 technical papers in the above areas, mostly in prestigious journals and conference proceedings including the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Computers. He coedited a book entitled Web Content Delivery (Springer). He has served as a program committee member for many international conferences. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
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Jingyuan Zhang received the bachelor’s degree from Shandong University in 1984, the master’s degree from Zhejiang University in 1987, and the doctoral degree from Old Dominion University in 1992. He is an associate professor with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama. His current research mainly focuses on practical aspects of concurrent and distributed computing. Specifically, he conducts research and development to support multiple cursors within a single computer that enables multiple users to simultaneously work with a computer with a wall-sized or table-sized display, and to create an operating system for multiple colocated computers that allows multiple users to collaborate through the computers within a single room. He is also active in the areas of wireless networks and parallel processing. Prior to joining the University of Alabama, he was a principal computer scientist with ECI Systems and Engineering, where he led the software development for a firearm training system. He was awarded the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award twice within three years with ECI.
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Si Qing Zheng received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1987. After being on the faculty of Louisiana State University for 11 years since 1987, he joined the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is currently a professor of computer science, computer engineering, and telecommunications engineering. He served as the head of the Computer Engineering Program and Telecommunications Engineering Program, and associate head of the Computer Science Department and Electrical Engineering Department, all at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include algorithms, computer architectures, networks, parallel and distributed processing, performance evaluation, circuits and systems, hardware/software codesign, real-time and embedded systems, and telecommunications. He has edited nine books and published more than 250 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He was a consultant for several high-tech companies, and he holds 16 patents. He has served in various capacities for numerous international conferences as general chair, program chair, track chair, and steering/advisory/program committee member.
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