Call for Papers

Annual IEEE Workshop on Fault-Tolerant Parallel and Distributed Systems

April 22-26, 2003 
Nice Acropolis Convention Center, Nice, France

Held in conjunction with the

International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium

Program Chair:

Dimiter Avresky, Northeastern University, ECE Department, Network Computing Lab


Increasingly large parallel computing systems provide unique challenges to the researchers in dependable computing, especially because of the high failure rates intrinsic to these systems. While commercial and scientific companies share the need for massive throughput and low latency, dependability of service is also a concern. In addition to providing uninterrupted service, commercial systems must be free from data corruption. Achieving dependability in highly scalable parallel and distributed systems poses a considerable challenge. As the number of components increases, so does the probability of a component failure. Therefore, improved fault-tolerant technology is required for high scalable parallel and distributed systems.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss issues related to these issues of fault-tolerant parallel and distributed systems. All aspects of design, theory and realization of parallel and distributed systems are of interest.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Dependable distributed systems

- Scalable uninterruptible computing

- Fault-tolerant protocols for distributed systems

- Fault tolerance in clusters of workstations and PCs

- Fault-tolerant interconnection networks

- Fault-tolerant parallel programming

- Using COTS for designing dependable network-based computing systems

- Portable checkpointing for heterogeneous distributed systems

- Fault injection in parallel and distributed systems

- Dependability evaluation of fault-tolerant parallel and distributed systems

- Dependable Biocomputing

- Dependable Quantum Computing

Program Committee:

J. Bruck, Caltech, USA

B. Ciciani, University of Roma, Italy
K. Grosspietch, FIAIS, Germany
J. Hayes, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
H. Hellwagner, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
B. Johnson, University of Virginia, USA
T. Katayama,  AIST, Japan
C. Katsinis, Drexel University, USA
H. Levendel, Motorola, USA
Q. Li, Santa Clara University, USA
F. Lombardi, Northeastern University, USA
E. Maehle, University of Lubeck, Germany
P. Mehra, Hewlett Packard, USA
C. Petitpierre, EPFL, Switzerland
D. Powell, LAAS-CNRS, France
M. Raynal, IRISA, France
J. Sifakis, UMR Verimag, France

The workshop is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Techical Committee on Parallel Processing. For further information, please contact the Program Chair:

To submit papers, send by e-mail a copy of your manuscript (maximum 20 pages long including figures and references) describing original unpublished research to D. R. Avresky by December 15, 2002. The authors of selected papers will be notified by January 10, 2003. Camera-ready papers are due by January 24, 2003. The selected papers will appear in the workshop proceedings.