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I managed an open meeting of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) at the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) (about 50 attendees) in April 2010 (and another one is planned at the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) in June 2010). This one hour meeting was very productive, with a lot of discussions. The intersection of two communities ( TPDS and IPDPS) is relatively small; most people who regularly publish in IPDPS (including best paper award winners) never published in TPDS. The main reason appears to be the fact that journal publications are, in most cases, not required for promotions in many countries (e.g., the US). Such a requirement exists in countries like China, Portugal, and Spain, which explain their higher interest in TPDS.
The page budget for TPDS will increase in 2011, with about a 10 to 15 percent increase in the number of papers to be published. This will help with the backlog issue. The conversion of some regular full size (15 double column format pages) papers to the short paper + supplementary file became our primary tool for backlog reduction. The short paper + supplementary file are still one single paper, consisting of two files, and therefore there is no loss of the main contribution. The short paper should explain the content of the supplementary file. The “short paper” is a temporary label for the paper as it is associated with the same page length limitations. The practically unlimited size of the supplementary file provides even more space than a “regular paper” without the supplementary file. TPDS cover pages will not indicate any “short paper” labels. These papers will be accepted as regular papers; with an 8 page limit for the portion in the printed (hardcopy) TPDS, and with the supplementary file appearing only in the online TPDS next to the main 8 page document.
The TPDS editorial board increased further (to 46 members in June 2010) so that its members receive on average now about 1.5 new papers to handle each month. Chunming Qiao and Ricardo Bianchini felt overloaded and resigned from the board, and their dedicated service to TPDS has been greatly appreciated by the community. It is my pleasure to introduce new editors to you. Ananth Grama, Frank Mueller, and Paolo Santi were added in April, Olivier Beaumont, Li Xiao, and Dong Xuan started in May, while Srinivas Aluru, Sanjay Ranka, and Dajin Wang joined the board in June 2010. Their biographies are below. We are looking forward to their contribution to the TPDS community and are thankful for their agreement to serve us.