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Editor’s Note


Pages: pp. 1057-1059

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.

Ivan Stojmenovic


About the Authors

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Srinivas Aluru is the Ross Martin Mehl and Marylyne Munas Mehl Professor of Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, and the Bajaj Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He conducts research in parallel algorithms and applications, high-performance computing on large-scale parallel systems as well as emerging architectures, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms. He pioneered the development of parallel methods in computational biology which made a significant impact in the assembly and analysis of large genomes. His contributions to parallel scientific computing are in the development and applications of parallel Fast Multipole Method, parallel spatial data structures, space-filling curves, and parallel random number generation. He published two books and more than 100 technical papers in journals and peer-reviewed conferences. He is a recipient of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award (1997), the IBM Faculty Award (2002), the Iowa State University Foundation award for mid-career achievement in research (2006), best paper awards at IPDPS 2006 and CSB 2005, and best paper finalist recognition at SC 2007 and SC 2002. He served as program chair for BiCoB 2009 and HiPC 2007, and as program vice chair for several conferences including BIBM 2009, SC 2008, IPDPS 2007, ICPP 2007, HiPC 2006, and SC 2003. He is a fellow of the IEEE.
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Olivier Beaumont received the PhD degree from the University of Rennes in 1999 and his HdR from the University of Bordeaux in 2004. He is currently a senior researcher at INRIA Bordeaux Sud-Ouest (France). His main research interests are parallel and distributed algorithms on distributed memory architectures, peer-to-peer networks, grid and cloud computing, and scheduling. Currently, he is working on the design of realistic and tractable models for the Internet topology and on the design and analysis of randomized distributed algorithms, in particular in the context of content distribution. He is the author of more than 20 papers in international journals and 50 in international conferences. He has been a member of the program committee of more than 20 international conferences.
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Ananth Grama received the BEngg degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, the MS degree in computer engineering from Wayne State University, and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He is a professor of computer science at Purdue University. He is a past recipient of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award and a Purdue University Faculty Scholar award. His research interests span the areas of parallel and distributed computing algorithms and applications. His work on distributed infrastructure deals with programming models and algorithms for wide-area networks. His work on parallel computing targets numerical as well as combinatorial algorithms. He has (co)authored several papers on topics related to parallel and distributed computing and a textbook, Introduction to Parallel Computing: Design and Analysis of Algorithms, with Vipin Kumar, Anshul Gupta, and George Karypis. He is a member of American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) and Sigma Xi.
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Frank Mueller received the PhD degree from Florida State University in 1994. He is an associate professor of computer science and a member of multiple research centers at North Carolina State University. Previously, he held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. He has published papers in the areas of parallel and distributed systems, embedded and real-time systems, and compilers. He is a member of ACM SIGPLAN, ACM SIGBED, and a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society. He is a recipient of a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, an IBM Faculty Award, a Google Research Award, and a Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation.
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Sanjay Ranka received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota in 1988 and the BTech degree in computer science from IIT, Kanpur, India, in 1985. He is a professor in the Department of Computer Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His current research interests are energy efficient computing, high-performance parallel and distributed computing, data mining, and informatics. Most recently, he was the chief technology officer at Paramark, where he developed real-time optimization software for optimizing marketing campaigns. He has also held positions as a tenured faculty member at Syracuse University and as a visitor at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs. He has coauthored two books, 70 journal articles, and 110 refereed conference articles. His recent work has received best paper runner up award at KDD-2009, a best paper award at ICN 2007, and a nomination for the 2008 Robbins Prize for the best paper in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology. He is a fellow of the IEEE and AAAS, and a member of IFIP Committee on System Modeling and Optimization. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He is the program chair for the 2010 International Conference on Contemporary Computing and was the cogeneral chair for the 2009 International Conference on Data Mining.
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Paolo Santi received the Laurea degree and the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Pisa in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He has been part of the research staff at the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica del CNR in Pisa, Italy, since 2001, first as a researcher and now as a senior researcher. During his career, he visited the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001 and Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. His research interests include fault-tolerant computing in multiprocessor systems (during his PhD studies) and, more recently, the investigation of fundamental properties of wireless multihop networks such as connectivity, topology control, lifetime, capacity, mobility modeling, and cooperation issues. He has contributed more than 50 papers and a book in highly reputed conferences and journals in the field of wireless ad hoc and sensor networking. Dr. Santi has been general cochair of ACM VANET 2007 and 2008, technical program cochair of IEEE WiMesh 2009, and he is involved in the organizational and technical program committee of several conferences in the field. Since February 2008, Dr. Santi has been an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He is a member of IEEE Computer Society and a senior member of the ACM and SIGMOBILE.
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Dajin Wang received the BEng degree in computer engineering from the Shanghai University of Science and Technology in 1982, and the PhD degree in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1990. Since then, he has been with the Department of Computer Science at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. He became a full professor of computer science in 2002. He received several university awards for his scholarly accomplishments, and in 2009 was awarded the highest professor rank of the university. He has held visiting positions in other universities, and has consulted in industry. His main research interests include interconnection networks, fault tolerant computing, algorithmic robotics, parallel processing, and wireless ad hoc and sensor networks. He has published approximately 60 papers in these areas. His works appeared in major journals including the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, the IEEE Transactions on Reliability, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and Parallel Computing. He has served on the program committees of influential conferences and workshops including ICDCS, IPDPS, and MASS.
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Li Xiao received the PhD degree in computer science from the College of William and Mary in 2002. He is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University. Her research interests are in the areas of distributed and networking systems, peer-to-peer networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless mesh networks, and design and implementation of experimental algorithms. Her research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Microsoft Research, the Internet2 program, and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. She is currently on the editorial board of Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications. She has served as workshop program chair, conference vice chair and track chair, and technical program committee member for various conferences in the areas of distributed systems and computer networks.
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Dong Xuan received the BS and MS degrees in electronic engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China, in 1990 and 1993, and the PhD degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University in 2001. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University (OSU). His research interests are in distributed computing, computer networking, and cyberspace security. He has published more than 90 papers in these areas. His research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Army Research Office (ARO), and SBC Ameritech. He has served on the technical program committees (TPC) for many distributed computing and computer networking conferences such as IEEE ICDCS, RTSS, INFOCOM, ICNP, PERCOM, ACM MOBIHOC, etc. He is vice TPC chair of IEEE ICDCS 2010 and IEEE MASS 2010, and co-TPC chair of IEEE NAS 2010. He received the US NSF CAREER Award in 2005 and the Lumley Research Award from the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2009.
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