The PDCS'02 conference was again a complete success. We were very fortunate to have two excellent Keynote Speakers.

* On Monday November 4th, Professor H. T. Kung, the William H. Gates Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University presented his Keynote Address entitled

A Better Network Security Strategy:
Put Adversaries in a Disadvantage,

where several different approaches to Network Security were introduced and discussed.

* On Wednesday November 6th, Dr. Tom Leighton, Chief Scientist at Akamai Technologies and Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave his Keynote Address entitled

The Challenges of Delivering
Content and Applications on the Internet,

He discussed the technical aspects that need to be resolved in order to deliver, in a timely manner, data and information through the Internet to millions of destinations.

* On Tuesday Nov. 5th, Professor Masaaki Mizuno and Professor Gurdip Singh from Kansas State University presented an excellent Tutorial entitled

Aspect-Oriented Approach for
Synchronization in Concurrent and Embedded Systems.

The tutorial discussed new tools for the elegant and simple solution of synchronization problems in concurrent and embedded systems.

* During the Banquet we announced the Best Paper Awards. The five papers that received this award were:

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Parallelization Techniques
373-102 A Methodology of Binary-level Multithreading
by Kanemitsu Oostu, Takafumi Ono, Takashi Yokota, and Takanobu Baba
Utsunomiya University

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Network Routing
373-111 A Fast Parallel Routing Algorithm for Benes Group Switches
by Enyue Lu and S. Q. Zheng,
University of Texas at Dallas

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Processor Architecture
373-126 Architectural Support for 3D Graphics in the Complex Streamed Instruction Set
by Dmitry Cheresiz, Ben Juurlink, Stamatis Vassiliadis, and Harry A. G. Wijshoff
Leiden University and Delft University of Technology
(The Netherlands)

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Visualization Techniques
373-210 Visualization Enables the Programmer to Reduce Cache Misses
by Kristof Beyls, Erik H. D'Hollander, and Yijun Yu
Ghent University

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Distributed Computation
373-254 An Economics-Based Power-Aware Protocol for Computation
Distribution in Mobile Ad-Hoc Mobile Wireless Networks
by Li Shang, Robert P. Dick, and Niraj K. Jha
Princeton University

We have started with the initial preparation for the 15th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems (PDCS'03). The conference will be held on Nov. 3 - 5, 2003 in Marina Del Rey, CA and I will serve as the International Program Committee Chair. You will all receive further announcements in the near future and we hope we can again count on your support for 2003.

Thank you very much for all your support and your efforts to make PDCS'02 a very successful conference and we hope to see you all at the PDCS'03 Conference. Please feel free to contact IASTED (calgary@IASTED.com) and/or me (teo@cs.ucsb.edu) with any comments and suggestions about possible ways in which we could improve the conference.

Sincerely Yours,

Teofilo F. Gonzalez
PDCS'02 Program Committee Chair