Intermezzo – SPAA
February 23, 2010, 5:07 pm
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Just finished up reviews for SPAA yesterday – somehow Cindy Phillips convinced me to be on the program committee for both SPAA and IPDPS this semester.  It gives me a very clear idea of just how crazy she is to be the program chair for three conferences this year!

SPAA is one of the main conferences in distributed computing and will be in Santorini, Greece (see above) this year so you should come.  There were many really good papers that I reviewed.  However, I didn’t really notice any new, emerging themes or trends in research topics.  There were many old standbys: gossiping, power-aware computing, shared memory, distributed algorithms, fault-tolerance (and fail-stop and Byzantine), sensor networks.  Also, a surprising lack of game theory, particularly in comparison to what you’d see at PODC.  I wonder if the research climate is mirroring the economic one: people are hunkering down with the trusted and stable research areas instead of branching out into anything weird.  Probably this is a good phase to go through periodically.  See you in Greece!