Parallel Processing Systems:  Present and Future Trends



Moderator: Mads Nygċrd

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway






Dr. Hamid Abachi, Monash University, Australia

Dr. Ratan Guha, University of Central Florida, US

Dr. Antonio Nebro, University of Malaga, Spain

Dr. Domenico Talia, Università della Calabria, Italy

Dr. Mark Wachowiak, Nipissing University, North Bay, Canada




To date, a large number of research activities have taken place with particular focus on improving different aspects of parallel processing systems design including speed, reliability, fault tolerance, flexibility, compatibility, availability, cost and size. 


Implementation of an appropriate interconnectivity scheme of a network is an important part of the design of parallel computer architecture.  Its topology and architecture directly influence overall capability and performance of a parallel system.  That is one of the reasons that we encounter many scientists and researchers continuing to develop different parallel processing architectures in order to further improve the above mentioned parameters. 


This panel will discuss the current state-of-the-art in high performance parallel processing systems, the gaps that exist, and the future trends and directions of these systems. 




Hamid Abachi received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from University of Wales in Britain in 1981.  He has been in academic life for more than 25 years.  Hamid has also worked and gained a wide spectrum of practical experiences in heavy to light industries.  From 1991 to present he has held a faculty position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, at Monash University in Australia.  He is the Director of the International Program, and Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) studies as well as the Professional Development Programs.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Systems Journal in the USA and WSEAS Transactions on Computer Research.  He has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences.  In addition, Hamid is also a member of Technical Program Committees and a reviewer of more than 60 international conferences where in a number of occasions he has been invited to serve as the conference chair. He is a Fellow of IET (formally IEE, The Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK) and a Fellow of IEAust (Engineers Australia).  Hamid is also a Senior Member of the IEEE, USA.  His prime research areas include the modeling and simulation of Parallel Processing Systems, Design of Advanced Computer Architectures, Fault-tolerant Distribution and Parallel Systems.  He has many journal and international conference papers in these areas. 


Ratan Guha Panel Notes

is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida.  He received his B.Sc. degree with honors in Mathematics and M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Calcutta and received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970.  He has authored over 125 papers published in various computer journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. His research has been supported by grants from ARO, NSF, STRICOM, PM-TRADE, NASA, and the State of Florida.  He has served as a member of the program committee of several conferences, as the general chair of CSMA’98 and CSMA’2000 and as the guest co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Simulation Practice and Theory.  He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and SCS and served as a member of the Board of Directors of SCS from 2004 to 2006. He is currently serving in the editorial board of two journals: International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (IJITST) published by Inderscience Enterprises, and Modelling and Simulation in Engineering published by Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 


Antonio J. Nebro Panel Notes received his M.S. and Ph.D.  degrees in Computer Science from the University of Malaga, Spain, in 1992 and 1999, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Malaga, Spain. He has coauthored several book chapters, and over 30 papers. His current research interests include the design and implementation of parallel evolutionary algorithms, multi-objective optimization, grid computing applied to meta-heuristic techniques, and applications to telecommunications and bioinformatics.


Domenico Talia is a professor at DEIS, Università della Calabria, Italy.  Domenico Talia is a full professor of computer science at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Calabria, Italy, a research associate at ICAR-CNR in Rende, Italy and a partner at Exeura s.r.l. He received the Laurea degree in Physics at University of Calabria. His research interests include grid computing, distributed knowledge discovery, parallel data mining, parallel programming languages, and peer-to-peer systems.  Dr. Talia published four books and about 200 papers in international journals such as Communications of the ACM, IEEE Computer, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TSE, IEEE TSMC-B, IEEE Micro, ACM CS, FGCS, Parallel Computing, IEEE Internet Computing and conference proceedings. He is a member of the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Future Generation Computer Systems journal, the International Journal on Web and Grid Services, the Parallel and Distributed Practices journal, and the Web Intelligence and Agent Systems International journal. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the CoreGRID Network of Excellence. He is serving as a program committee member of several conferences and is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.


Mark Wachowiak Panel Notes is currently an Assistant Professor at Nipissing University in North Bay, Canada.  He has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at Robarts Research Institute in London, Canada, where he helped plan and build a supercomputing facility in the Imaging Laboratories.  He also held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.  He obtained the Doctorate degree from the University of Louisville, USA, in 2002, and was awarded the Best Dissertation Award for his work in particle swarm optimization.  Dr. Wachowiak’s research interests are high-performance computing and parallel algorithms in scientific computing, grid computing, biomedical applications including imaging, bioinformatics, proteomics, and systems biology, and parallel global optimization.  His recent work has focused on parallel optimization techniques for medical image alignment.  He has been an invited speaker at several high-performance computing conferences. 


Mads Nygċrd was born in Mosjĝen, Norway in 1953, and he has taken both his Master of Science (Siv.Ing.) and Doctor of Science (Dr.Techn.) degrees at NTH (the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim), respectively in 1979 and 1990. From 1983 to 1997 he worked for SINTEF (the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim) as Section Head, Research Manager and Principal Research Scientist in several different Information and Communication Technology departments. In 1997 he joined NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim) as Full Professor in the Computer and Information Science department. Over the years he has also held Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Stavanger, Stavanger (1997-2005) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ċs (1994-1997). He has further for longer periods of time worked full time for UNDP (the United Nations Development Program) developing Information and Communication Technology educations in Bangkok, Thailand (1988) and Beijing, China (1984), and part time for OECD (the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in a task force on Road-Vehicle Communication Systems (1989-1992). His main research interests are distributed systems and operating systems, and he has in that capacity had longer sabbatical stays at the Imperial College in London, England (2001) and the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa (2000), and shorter sabbatical visits at the University of Maryland in Maryland College Park, USA (2002-2003) and the Georgetown University in Washington D.C., USA (2002-2003). He has more than 50 international research publications, he was the Organization Committee Chair for the Very Large Data Base 2005 conference, and he was the Panel Chairman for an International Evaluation of the Danish Computer Science Programmes in 2006. In the period 1989-1993 he was Member of the Board of Directors of SINTEF (the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim), and in the period 2002-2006 he was Member of the Master of Engineering Board of NTNU (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim). Finally over the last 20 years he has been engaged as Chairman / Member of Several Different Boards of TEKNA (the Norwegian Society of Chartered Technical and Scientific Professionals).