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Editor’s Note


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I am pleased to note that, in the IEEE 2012 First and Second Quarter Submission to (online) Publication reports, the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems ( TPDS) is the fastest among all of the transactions in the IEEE Computer and IEEE Communications Societies to accept and publish papers, with 33 weeks, on average, and 30.8 median weeks (in the second quarter). I am grateful to all of the editors and reviewers for their hard work and for making TPDS a timely journal (without compromising the review quality). The November 2012 issue featured papers accepted mostly in January 2012, so from the acceptance to actual publication, the backlog now appears to be about 10 months.

The number of submissions (and hopefully our research community) continues to grow. TPDS had 956 submissions in 2011, which is a 26 percent increase over 2010 and a 40 percent increase over 2009. In addition, the special issue on cyber-physical systems, published in September 2012 (19 papers), attracted 82 submissions. There was 986 submissions in 2012, plus two special issues (cloud computing with 101 submissions and security, trust, and privacy with 164 submissions). Since the page budget increase did not match the surge in the number of submissions, the paper page limit was set (in May 2012) to 10 pages in the main file, plus a supplementary file. The “main file” should contain readable text with a clear description of all the contributions made in the paper, while the supplementary file (of practically unlimited page length) would contain further detail.

TPDS is among the first IEEE transactions to adopt the OnlinePlus publication model. The abstract booklet and disk is distributed on a quarterly basis to subscribers, and authors will now receive 10 complimentary reprints of their paper (starting with 2013 issues).

The TPDS editorial board drafted a new scope, which was approved at the IEEE TAB meeting in June 2012. It was important to modernize the scope by introducing active and “hot” research areas, and bring to the forefront important applications domains: heterogeneous many-core systems; networks on chips, accelerator architectures, autonomic computing, green computing, distributed event processing,� distributed aspects of social and information centric networking, cloud computing, data centers, delay-tolerant and vehicular networks, mobile software systems, and cyber-physical systems. It was also important to “open the door” for the future elimination from TPDS of the outdated area of “peer-to-peer computing” by eliminating it from the scope description, so that, at an appropriate time, submissions could be administratively rejected for not being in the focus of TPDS. The language itself was modernized and made more concise. “Fault resilience” replaced “reliability, fault tolerance, and dependability,” and duplicate occurrences of some words are deleted: “algorithms,” “distributed systems,” and “operating systems.” The new scope can be seen at

Two editorial board meetings in 2012 were held at IEEE IPDPS in Shanghai (we were honored by the attendance and discussions by IEEE CS President John Walz) and IEEE ICDCS in Macau. Most discussions were about raising the impact factor of TPDS. The primary obstacle to a higher impact factor seems to be citations made to prior conference versions instead of the corresponding TPDS version. To address this issue, the model J1C0 would be discussed and adopted with some conferences. Papers would be accepted by conferences, but will be published first in the journal (J1) at the time of the conference event, and never in the conference proceedings (C0), so that there would be no choice on what to cite, and no delay between conference and journal publications. I am considering two options: directly forwarding to TPDS the few best papers from the conference, and publishing the whole IEEE conference proceedings as a special issue of TPDS (the later requires approval from the IEEE).

The TPDS Media Center has been launched as a multimedia Webpage for this scholarly archival journal. In the Media Center, TPDS will interview outstanding researchers or engineers for their experiences and opinions on a variety of theoretical or technological topics. Meanwhile, the Media Center serves as a platform for world-wide researchers to contribute high quality and live research results to the parallel and distributed systema community. The Media Center is now accepting media content submission from both authors of TPDS papers and researchers who want to share and advertise their recent research works or projects. Each submitted article in the Media Center should be in the form of a blog composed by some multimedia content, like a video and audio clip, as the main medium, and supported by certain brief text descriptions. The scope of the submission can range from the design of systems for new applications, new exciting technologies, to demonstrating new parallel and distributed computing paradigms and solutions. We hope that the TPDS media center can assist our readers by facilitating their introduction to the latest development in the field.

Albert Zomaya resigned from the board in August 2012 (because of his demanding duties as EIC of the IEEE Transactions on Computers), after three years of excellent service to the TPDS community. I welcome a group of distinguished and highly qualified new members to our board, covering a wide range of specialized areas. Jun Wang, Rodrigo Francisco de Mello, and My T. Thai started their terms in April 2012. Xu Li, Jaime Lloret-Mauri, and Dakshnamoorthy Manivannan joined the board in July 2012, while WenZhan Song was appointed in August 2012. I am very proud to present them to you. Their biographies appear below.

Ivan Stojmenovic


About the Authors

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Xu Li received the PhD (2008) degree from Carleton University, Canada, the MSc (2005) degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and the BSc (1998) degree from Jilin University, China, all in computer science. He is a research engineer at Huawei Technologies Canada. Prior to joining Huawei, he worked at Inria, France, as a tenured research scientist, and at the University of Waterloo and the University of Ottawa as a postdoctorate research fellow. In 2004, he held a visiting researcher position at National Research Council Canada. From 1998 to 2002, he spent four years in industry developing network security products. His research interests are in the areas of wireless networking, security, and mobile computing, along with more than 70 refereed publications. He is on the editorial boards of the Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, and Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networks. He is/was a guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Mobile Networks and Applications, Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, Journal of Communications, and Computer Communications.
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Jaime Lloret ( received the MSc degree in physics in 1997, the MSc degree in electronic engineering in 2003, and the PhD degree in telecommunication engineering (Dr. Ing.) in 2006. He is a Cisco Certified Network Professional Instructor. He worked as a network designer and administrator in several enterprises. He is currently an associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is the head of the research group “communications and remote sensing” of the Integrated Management Coastal Research Institute and “active and collaborative techniques and use of technologic resources in the education (EITACURTE)” Innovation Group. He is currently vice chair of the Internet Technical Committee (IEEE Communications Society and Internet Society) and the vice chair for the Europe/Africa Region of Cognitive Networks Technical Committee (IEEE Communications Society). He is the IARIA New Research Initiatives Board Chair. He has one research book, and more than 165 research papers. He also published 11 educational books, and more than 55 educational papers. He has been the coeditor of 15 conference proceedings, edited 10 books, and was guest editor for several journals including IEEE Communications Magazine. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Networks Protocols and Algorithms, IARIA Journals Board Chair (eight journals) and is associate editor of five international journals with impact factor. He has been involved in more than 160 program committees of international conferences and in many organization and steering committees. He led many national and international projects. He has been the general chair of SENSORCOMM 2007, UBICOMM 2008, ICNS 2009, ICWMC 2010, and eKNOW 2012, and cochairman of ICAS 2009, INTERNET 2010, MARSS 2011, IEEE MASS 2011, SCPA 2011, and ICDS 2012. He is the cochairman of IEEE SCPA 2012 and GreeNets 2012, and chair of MIC-WCMC 2013. He is an IEEE senior member and IARIA fellow.
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Dakshnamoorthy Manivannan received the MSc degree in mathematics from the University of Madras, India. He received the PhD degree in computer and information science from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in 1997. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Manivannan has published his research work in the following areas: fault-tolerance and synchronization in distributed systems, routing in wormhole and ad hoc networks, channel allocation in cellular networks, wireless personal area networks, and sensor networks. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles in international journals (most of which were published by the IEEE, ACM, Elsevier, Springer, and Oxford University Press) and international conferences. Dr. Manivannan is a technical editor for IEEE Communications Magazine. He is also on the editorial boards of Information Sciences, Wireless Personal Communications, the International Journal on Advances in Telecommunications, the International Journal on Advances in Networks and Services, and the International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements. He served as a program chair for two international conferences and served as a program committee member for more than 40 conferences. He served on numerous proposal review panels of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and also served as a reviewer for the Singapore Ministry of Education Research and Development Program and the United States Israel Binational Science Foundation. At the University of Kentucky, he served on more than 35 PhD committees and graduated four PhD students. Dr. Manivannan is a recipient of the Faculty CAREER Award from the NSF. He is a senior member of the IEEE and the ACM.
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Rodrigo Fernandes de Mello received the master’s degree from the Federal University of Sao Carlos, working with distributed and real-time systems. He completed the PhD degree at the University of São Paulo, São Carlos in 2003, also working with distributed computing, especially with process scheduling. Since then, he has been interested in intelligent approaches to understand application and resource behavior, which drove him to a complementary area which is machine learning and dynamical systems. He is currently an associate professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Department of Computer Science, University of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil. He has been strongly working with those two branches to propose new dynamical learning approaches which are applicable to distributed computing, but also to other domains. His research interests include autonomic computing, machine learning, scheduling, and bioinspired computing. He served on the editorial board for the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems (IJPEDS). He served as general cochair of the IEEE 11th International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2008, international liaison cochair of the Ninth IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications ISPA 2011, and publicity cochair and program committee member of about 100 conferences (most of them associated with IEEE).
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WenZhan Song is a tenured associate professor at Georgia State University. His research mainly focuses on sensor web, smart grid, and smart environment where sensing, computing, communication, and control play a critical role and need a transformative study. His research has received more than $6 million in research funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, USGS, Boeing, etc., since 2005, and resulted in more than 80 journal articles, conference articles, and book chapters. Dr. Song is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2010), and Chancellor Research Excellence Award (2010) at WSU Vancouver. His research has been featured in MIT Technology Review, Network World, Scientific America, New Scientist, National Geographic, etc. He served as journal editor (JPCC, AIT, JPEDS, JAISE), conference chair (MSN ’12, PerCom ’11, INSS ’11, etc.), TPC member (INFOCOM, PERCOM, ICC, GlobeCom, MASS, etc.), and reviewer for funding agency (NSF and NASA), and many journals and conferences.
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My T. Thai received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota in 2005. She is an associate professor in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Her research interests are centered on the combinatorial optimization and its connection to networks, including wireless ad hoc networks, sensor networks, and social networks. More specifically, the focus of her research is to design and analyze several new models and approximation algorithms for various fundamental problems, arising from the networking fields mentioned above. The results of her work have been published in more than 60 articles and 4 books since 2005. Dr. Thai has engaged in many professional activities, serving many conferences, such as being the PC chair of IEEE ISSPIT 2012, DIS 2011, and COCOON 2010. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization ( JOCO), Optimization Letters, and the Ad Hoc & Wireless Sensor Networks journal. She is also a guest editor of several other journals such as Algorithmica and Ad Hoc Networks, and a series editor of Springer Briefs in Optimization. She has received many research awards including a Provost’s Excellence Award for Assistant Professors at the University of Florida, a DoD Young Investigator Award, and a US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.
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Jun Wang received the PhD degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. He received the BEng degree in computer engineering from Wuhan University and the MEng degree in computer engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is a tenured associate professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Computer Architecture and Storage Systems (CASS) Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was named Charles N. Millican Faculty Fellow in EECS in 2010-2012. He is the recipient of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award 2009 and US Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Principal Investigator Award 2005. He has authored more than 60 publications in premier journals such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and leading HPC and systems conferences such as HPDC, EuroSys, ICS, Middleware, FAST, and IPDPS. He has graduated six PhD students who upon their graduations were employed by major US IT corporations (e.g., Google, Microsoft, etc.). He has served as an NSF and DOE grant panelist and TPC member for many premier conferences such as IPDPS, ICPP, and HiPC. He served on the editorial board for the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributes Systems ( IJPEDS). He serves on the steering committee for the Second International Workshop on Energy Consumption and Reliability of Storage Systems (ERSS 2012). He is an IEEE ScalaCom 2012 program committee vice chair. He serves as a program cochair (storage track) for the Seventh IEEE Conference on Network, Architecture, and Storage (NAS), June 2012. He cochaired the First International Workshop on Storage and I/O Virtualization, Performance, Energy, Evaluation, and Dependability (SPEED 2008), held together with HPCA. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
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