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IEEE Computer Society
Dallas Chapter
Electronic Newsletter
Sep 2001  (Volume 3, Number 1)
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Volume 3 Number 1
September 2001


1.  Welcome & Special Notices
2.  Dallas Chapter Meetings
3.  Publications News
4.  Upcoming Special Issues
5.  Calls for Papers
6.  Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
7.  Miscellaneous
8.  How to Subscribe/Unsubscribe

(not all content sections are used each month)


All readers are invited to check out our chapter's website at:

The kick-off meeting of our 2001-2002 season is on Thursday, September
20, when Matt McBride of Aurion Technologies will speak to us about
"Software Architecture, Software Architects, and the Battle for the

Note that the September meeting is in a different conference room at TI.
Meeting attendees should park and enter the TI building at the North
(rear) end, rather than at the usual South entrance.


Regular monthly meetings of the Dallas IEEE Computer Society are held at
the Texas Instruments South Campus site, 12500 TI Boulevard / 8505
Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas, on the second to last Thursday of each
month. Regular monthly meetings are open to the general public.  The
chapter holds regular meetings monthly, September through May.

Directions to the meeting location:

See the map at the chapter website . TI South
Campus is on the north side of Forest Lane, east of US75 (Central
Expressway), and west of Greenville Avenue.

Enter the site from Forest Lane at the traffic signal marked "TI
Entrance".  Preferred parking this month is at the extreme NE (rear)
corner of the building. There is additional visitor parking at the SE
corner of the building near the sundial.  Enter the public lobby at the
building's north end and ask the guard to direct you to the SCG
conference room, which is very near the NE entrance.

Meeting Time:

Lunch is optional in the meeting room starting at 11:30 AM.  The
technical presentation starts at 12:15 PM and generally ends by 1:00 PM.


Technical Presentations:  FREE

Lunch:  IEEE Members and Computer Society Affiliates - $7.00;
        Student Members - $5.00,
        Non-Members - $10.00.

If you want lunch, please make a reservation by Monday of the meeting
week with our online form
( ) or
contact Barbara Breuninger at 214-480-3230 (

Reservations are not needed if you plan to attend only the technical


2001-2002 season regular meeting dates & topics:

Thurs. 9/20/01 Matt McBride, Aurion Technologies
   "Software Architecture, Software Architects, and the Battle for the

TUES 10/16/01   John Randall, Zyvex Corporation
   "Assembly of parts with 7 orders of magnitude in size scale"

Thurs. 11/15/01  Topic TBD
Thurs   1/24/02   Topic TBD
Thurs   2/21/02   Topic TBD
Thurs   3/21/02   Topic TBD
Thurs   4/18/02   Topic TBD
Thurs   5/23/02   Topic TBD


September 2001 Meeting Details:

  Software Architecture, Software Architects, and the Battle for the

  Thursday 20 SEPT 2001
  Lunch: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  Talk: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

  Texas Instruments South Campus
  12500 TI Boulevard / 8505 Forest Ln.
  Dallas, TX
  (SCG Conference Room)

  Matt McBride
  Senior Software Architect
  Aurion Technologies

  Software architecture is a professional field that is loosely defined
and sometimes misunderstood.  At present, the software architect is
often considered to be a master of several disciplines, including
computer science and software engineering.  However, many highly
respected individuals in the software field are suggesting that the role
of the software architect must change and evolve in order to meet the
needs of future customers.  In this presentation, Matt will discuss the
profession of software architecture and the changing role of the
software architect.  Information regarding a new professional
organization for software architects, the Worldwide Institute of
Software Architects (WWISA), will also be presented.  Finally, two
competing enterprise software architectures (Microsoft's NET and Java's
J2EE) will be examined to determine what value they bring to the field
of software architecture.

  Matt McBride is a senior software architect based in the Dallas area.
He has worked as a software developer, database architect, and software
architect for both Fortune 100 companies and dot.coms. He is a
professional member of the ACM (, a senior member of the
IEEE (, a senior reviewer for IEEE Computer
(, and a founding member of the WWISA (
Matt is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.S.E.), the University of
North Texas (M.B.A.), and Southern Methodist University (M.S.C.S.); and
is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (Java 2) and a Sun Certified Java
Enterprise Architect (J2EE).

  Enter the TI South Campus at the site's SouthEast (SE) entrance off
Forest Lane just west of Greenville Avenue. Preferred parking for the
September meeting is in the visitor parking lot at the rear, NE corner
of the building. Enter the public lobby at the building's North end and
ask the guard to direct you to the SCG conference room (very near the
North entrance).

  Technical Presentation: FREE to both IEEE CS Members and the general
  Lunch: Members - $7.00; Non-Members - $10.00.
  Please reserve lunch by Monday, 17 September, with our online form at or by
contacting Program Chairman, Jack Carden, at 972-490-3004
( or Barbara Brueninger at 214-480-3230

Reservations are not needed if you plan to attend only the technical


EPIC-1: 1st Annual Workshop on Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing
Architectures and Compiler Technology, Held in conjunction with MICRO-34
1-5 Dec, Austin, Texas, Web: ,
Submission deadline: September 28, 2001, extended to October 5.

MSP-3: 3rd Workshop on Media and Stream Processors (previously known as
the Workshop on Media Processors and DSPs), held in conjunction with
MICRO-34, 1-2 Dec, Austin, Texas, Web: , Submission deadline: September 24,

MTV'02: Microprocessor Test and Verification, January 21-22, 2002,
Austin, Texas, Web: Deadline for submission of
abstracts: October 26, 2001


Conferences and Workshops in Texas that are potentially of interest to
area engineers and computer scientists.

23-26 Sep: 2001 International Conference on Computer Design - ICCD2001,
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Austin, TX.  Web:  Contact: Yiannos Manoli,

25-29 Nov: GLOBECOM 2001 - 2001 IEEE Global Telecommunications
Conference, San Antonio, TX, contact: Mr. T. Scott Atkinson,, web:

1-5 Dec: MICRO-34 The 34th International Symposium on Microarchitecture,
Austin Texas;  Web:

2 Dec: IEEE 4th Annual Workshop on Workload Characterization, Held in
conjunction with MICRO-34, Austin Texas, Web:

2 Dec: 4th Workshop on Feedback-Directed and Dynamic Optimization FDDO-4
In conjunction with MICRO-34 in cooperation with ACM SIGPLAN, Austin,
Texas, Web:

COMPILATION in conjuction with MICRO-34, Austin, Texas, Web:

1-5 Dec: EPIC-1: 1st Annual Workshop on Explicitly Parallel Instruction
Computing Architectures and Compiler Technology, Held in conjunction
with MICRO-34 1-5 Dec, Austin, Texas, Web:



P R O G R A M     Q U E S T I O N N A I R E
Please help us out with the planning future programs by indicating your
level of interest in the following topics:

L   M   i
o   e   g
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1 2 3 4 5 Potential Topic
              Future trends in software
              Future trends in hardware
              Wireless and Bluetooth technology
              Scientific programming
              Next generation of web
              Evolving uses of web - Voice over IP, etc.
              Digital Signal Processing
              Large Scale Computing
              Third Generation (3G) Wireless
              Medical Environment
              Computer Gaming Industry

Please indicate any other topic(s) that you can think of that you would
rate as a 4 or 5:

Please indicate for any topics above if you know of a potential speaker
by providing any contact information that you have for the speaker:

Responses can be emailed to Jack at the address below, or given to any
of the chapter officers at the September 20 meeting.


Jack Carden
Program Chairman
Dallas IEEE Computer Society
(972) 490-3004



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