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Boisvert Elected Chair of IFIP Working Group

October 2000

Ronald F. Boisvert

Ronald Boisvert, Chief of ITL's Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division, was recently elected Chair of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 2.5 on Numerical Software. Working Group 2.5 is part of IFIP's Technical Committee 2 on Software: Theory and Practice. Founded in 1974, the group seeks to improve the quality of numerical computation by promoting the development and availability of sound numerical software. Yearly meetings are held to exchange information, and to work on group projects, such as white papers, workshops, and conferences. The group is highly international, with members from the US, Austria, Canada, Belguim, China, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Members represent academic institutions, software and hardware companies, and government laboratories. Yearly meetings alternate between North America and elsewhere, and include a open workshop in which local researchers are invited to participate. The outgoing Chair is Dr. Margaret Wright of Bell Laboratories.

Boisvert's election took place at the Working Group's meeting held at the National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada on September 30-October 1, 2000. The meeting was followed by the Working Group's 8th Working Conference. The theme of the invitational conference was "Software Architectures for Scientific Computing Applications". The meeting gathered together about 35 invited participants from industry, government and academia to assess the state-of-the-art in this area of emerging importance. Boisvert is co-editor of the conference proceedings with Dr. Ping Tak Peter Tang of Intel Corporation. The proceedings will be published in book form by Kluwer Academic Press in early 2001.

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