26th EUROMICRO CONFERENCE
Informatics: Inventing the Future

Maastricht, the Netherlands
September 5th-7th, 2000

Message from the General Programme Chairman

It is time again to Call for Papers now for EUROMICRO 2000 and what is more they are to be distributed at the silver jubilee of Euromicro. That might be the reason that I am abusing my position as the program chairman. Let me backflash a little in the history of EUROMICRO having just paging through the old proceedings. They occupy about a meter on my bookshelf and I am wondering sometimes how much space is needed for me. I am with EUROMICRO since the very beginning and it was great to observe how our field has been changing ever since and how it is reflected in the old volumes of Euromicro. Let me stress only a few facts from the many.

The first event in 1975 in Nice was called a Workshop on the Microarchitecture of Computer Systems (General Chairman: Rodnay Zaks, Programme Chairman: Reiner Hartenstein). From '76 (Venice, General Chair: Mariagovanna Sami, Programme Chair: Jan Wilmink) we called the annual meeting a Symposium until '93 (Barcelona, Organizing Chair: Mateo Valero, Programme Chair: Ferenc Vajda). We have been using the term „Euromicro Conference” since '94 (Liverpool, Organizing Chair: Malcolm Taylor, Program Chair: Kurt Judmann). The general session structure has been first changed to parallel tracks and we selected separate team coordinators in 1990 (Amsterdam, Organizing Chair: Mario Stevens, Programme Chair: Don Fay). The programme subcommittees responsible for the parallel tracks have been introduced in1992 (Paris, Organizing Chair: Francis Jutand, Programme Chair: Benny Graff Mortensen). Finally, since the '98 Vasteras conference (Organizing Chair: Lennart Lindh, Programme Chair: Francisco Tirado) it moved to a multi- workshop model.

During this period our periodical also developed from „Euromicro Newsletter" via „Microprocessing and Microprogramming" to the present „Journal of System Architecture". Separate workshops have been launched on Parallel and Distributed Processing and on Real Time Systems.

The topics of the conferences were always ahead of time. Just a few samples: Object Oriented Design, Petri Nets, Vertical Migration, Fuzzy Systems, Genetic Algorithms, Network Computing, Software Engineering, Fault Tolerance, Neural Networks, RISC Systems, etc.

According to our routine in 2000 we keep the traditional Euromicro topics as Digital system Design and successful Workshop themes on Multimedia and Telecommunications and Software Process and Product Improvement and extend them with a new workshop on Medical Informatics.

Naturally we use now the World Wide Web in almost all phases of conference organization (Call for Papers, referencing, paper submission, programme distribution, registration, etc.). Therefore it would be the high time now to find out the opinion of the conference participants on using the new means as CDs and the Web for publishing conference and workshop proceedings.

We just hope - following this anniversary - will be able to speed up and go ahead for the Maastricht conference together with the old and new friends of Euromicro.

Ferenc Vajda
General Programme Chairman