Message from the Tutorial Chair

Rich Sincovec, SAC'2000 Tutorial Chair

We are looking forward to the four tutorials that will be presented at SAC'2000 on Sunday, March 19, 2000. Two tutorials will run concurrently from 9:00 to noon and two from 1:30 to 4:30. The topics of the tutorials cover a spectrum of areas that we expect to be of significant interest to a large number of SAC'2000 attendees.

The tutorial by Rajiv Khosla and Ernesto Damiani introduces a human-centered methodology for the development of e-commerce applications. Participants will learn how XML (a new emerging standard) can be used for modeling and adapting supplier-centered models with consumer-centered ones and vice versa. The title of the tutorial is `Human-Centered Electronic Commerce.'

Robustness is one of the most important requirements of modern distributed systems. In the tutorial `Self-Stabilzation: A New Paradigm for Fault Tolerance in Distributed Systems and Algorithms' to be presented by Pradip K. Srimani, he describes a self-stabilization way of looking at distributed system fault tolerance that enables systems to recover from failures automatically without any interference by an external agency.

Albert M. K. Cheng will present a tutorial on the `Design and Analysis of Real-Time and Multimedia Communication Systems.' The implementation of such systems requires efficient transmission, access and storage of multimedia information. This tutorial describes the use of imprecise computation techniques to yield a balanced tradeoff between the quality of the multimedia information transmitted and the available resources for transmission in a networked environment.

If you are using high-performance computing, especially clusters, to solve problems, then you should be interested in the tutorial `Bulk Synchronous Parallelism in Practice' by D. B. Skillicorn. This tutorial will enable you to get better performance from your existing software and hardware, make better choices on how to upgrade them, and facilitate choices among different implementation techniques without much experimentation and analysis.

All attendees should find at least one of these tutorials interesting. We encourage you to register for one or two of them as early as possible.