The PDCS'03 conference was again a complete success. In addition to a strong technical program, we had an excellent Keynote Presentation, as well as, a tutorial on a very important topic.

* On Monday November 3rd, Professor Viktor K. Prasanna, Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as Professor of Computer Science, at the University of Southern California presented his Keynote Address entitled

"Energy Efficient Computations on FPGAs," where a methodology for optimizing the energy performance of FPGAs implementations was discussed. The performance of FPGAs was then compared to that of other systems.

* On Monday Nov. 3rd, Professor David Lilja from the University of Minnesota presented an excellent Tutorial entitled

"Statistical Tools for Reliable Performance Evaluation." The tutorial discussed several statistical tools for the analysis of the performance of different systems.

* Best Paper Awards
About 20% of the papers accepted were nominated (by the reviewers) for the Best Paper Awards. About 20% of those nominated received the award. The awards were announced during the Banquet on Tuesday November 4th. The six papers that received this award were:

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Dynamic Run-time Environments
392-041 A Heuristic Re-Mapping Algorithm Reducing Inter-Level Communication in SAMR Applications
by Johan Steensland and Jaideep Ray
Sandia National Labs

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Processor Architecture
392-113 A Processor Architecture for Simultaneous Processing Dataflow and Control-Flow Threads
by Shinya Ito, Ryosuke Kurebayashi, Hiroshi Tomiyasu and Hiroaki Nishikawa
University of Tsukuba,

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Fault-Tolerant Communication
392-189 An Optimal Fault-Tolerant Broadcasting Algorithm in Voronoi Cellular Networks
by Anne-Elisabeth Baert and David Seme'
Universite de Picardie Jules Verne

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Distributed Systems
392-232 Correctness of Mutual Exclusion Algorithms
by Neelam Soundarajan and Te-Hwang Lai
Ohio State University

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Distributed Computing Applications
392-246 Dharma: a Grid-enabled Domain-specific Metaware for Hydrology
by Daniel Andresen, Mitchell Neilsen, Gurdip Singh and Prasanta Kalita
Kansas State University and University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign

* Best Paper Award in the Area of Web-based Systems
392-261 A Weblet Environment to Facilitate Proxy Caching of Web Processing Components
by Wei Hao, Qingkai Ma, I-Ling Yen and Ingray Chen
University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech.

We have started the initial preparation for the 16th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems (PDCS'04) and we are considering several alternatives to enhance our technical program. The conference will be held on Nov. 8 - 11, 2004 in Cambridge Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You will all receive further announcements in the near future and we hope we can count again with your support.

Thank you very much for all your support and your efforts to make PDCS'03 a very successful conference, and we hope to see you all at the PDCS'04 Conference. Please keep in mind the possibility of organizing special sessions, and feel free to contact IASTED (calgary@IASTED.com) and/or me (teo@cs.ucsb.edu) with any comments and suggestions about possible improvements to the conference.

Sincerely Yours,

Teofilo F. Gonzalez
PDCS'03 Program Committee Chair

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