The PDCS'04 conference was again a complete success. Our conference continues to be a truly international conference. The current affiliation of the authors when grouped by geographical regions is:

Asia and Australia 25%
Europe 25%
Canada 9%
US 37%
Latin America 4%

In addition to a strong technical program, we had an excellent Keynote Presentations, one of which was shared with the Software Engineering and Applications Conference.

* On Tuesday November 9th, Professor H. T. Kung from Harvard University presented his Keynote Address entitled

When Your Cellphone Is Also Your PC and Settop Box: Opportunities and Challenges

Professor H.T. Kung is the William H. Gates Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Harvard. He discussed opportunities and challenges as cellphones become more powerful devices capable of replacing other communication and computation devices.

* On Wednesday November 10th, Professor Nancy Leveson from MIT presented her Keynote Address entitled

Application Software Reuse in Embedded Systems

Dr. Nancy Leveson is a professor in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and the Engineering Systems Division at MIT. She discussed issues related to safety when reusing software in the aerospace industry. This keynote presentation was joint with the Software Engineering and Applications Conference.

* Best Paper Awards
There were about 150 papers partitioned into 20 different technical sessions 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 served at the Museum of Science on Wednesday November 10th. The six papers that received this award were:

* A Fine-Grain Method for Solving the Partitioning Problem in Distributed Virtual Environment Systems
by Morillo, Orduna, Fernandez and Duato
Universidad de Valencia and Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain)

* Delta Dataflow Networks for Event Stream Processing
by Manohar and Chandy
Cornell and California Institute of Technology (USA)

* Provably Efficient Parallel Detection of Nondeterministic Races in Parallel Programs
by He, Wang, and Hsu
Singapore MIT Alliance and the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

* Securing Reputation Data in Peer-to-Peer Networks
by Dewan and Dasgupta
Arizona State University (USA)

* An Improved Performance by Low Rerouting Hops and Fault-tolerant Guaranteeing Dynamic Rerouting Multistage Interconnection Network
by Chen and Shih-Fu
Chao Yang University of Technology (Taiwan)

* The Synchronized Pipelined Parallelism Model
by Vadlamani and Jenks
University of California, Irvine (USA)

We have started the initial preparation for the 17th IASTED International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems (PDCS'05) and we are considering several alternatives to enhance our technical program. The conference will be held on Nov. 14 - 16, 2005 in Phoenix Arizona (USA). 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'04 a very successful conference, and we hope to see you all at the PDCS'05 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'04 Program Committee Chair

Sincerely Yours,

Teofilo F. Gonzalez
PDCS'03 Program Committee Chair

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