CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Gerhard R. Joubert, Germany (Conference Chair)
Erik D'Hollander, Belgium
Frans J. Peters, The Netherlands
Henk Sips, The Netherlands
Ruud Sommerhalder, The Netherlands

STEERING COMMITTEE

Frans Peters, The Netherlands (Steering Committee Chair)
Bob Hiromoto, USA
Janusz Kowalik, USA
Masaaki Shimasaki, Japan
Dennis Trystram, France

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Henk Sips, The Netherlands (Programme Committee Chair)
Erik D'Hollander, Belgium (Programme Committee Vice-Chair)

Adeli, H. (USA)

Hiromoto, R. (USA)

Schweizerhof, K. (D)

Arabnia, H. R. (USA)

Indermark, K. (D)

Sloot, P. (NL)

Arbab, F. (NL)

Hertzberger, L.O. (NL)

Roose, D. (B)

Bal, H. (NL)

Keqin, L. (USA)

Smith, A. (USA)

Bjorstad, P. E. (USA)

Kober, R. (D)

Stüben, K. (D)

Bode, A. (D)

Kroll, N. (D)

Sunderam, V.S. (USA)

Chapman, B. (UK)

Leca, P. (F)

Tezduyar, T. (USA)

Chassin de Kergommeaux, J. (F)

Mellor-Crummey, J. (USA)

Valero, M. (E)

De Bosschere, K. (B)

Mierendorf, H. (D)

Van Campenhout, J. (B)

Deuflhard, P. (D)

Ferreira, A. (F)

Nagel, W. (D)

Dongarra, J. (USA)

Oyanagi, Y. (J)

Vorst, H. van der (NL)

Duff, I.S. (UK)

Paul, W. (D)

Voss, H. (D)

Fox, G. (USA)

Petkov, N. (NL)

Wesseling, P. (D)

Gemund, A. van (NL)

Philips, W. (B)

Wittum, G. (D)

Gentzsch, W. (D)

Quinn, M.J.(USA)

Zhang, F. (CDN)

Grandinetti, L. (I)

Reuter, A. (D)

Zhu, C.-Q. (PRC)

Hempel, R. (D)

Roman, J. (F)

Zima, H. (A)

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Ruud Sommerhalder (Organising Committee Chair)
Dick Epema
Cees Witteveen

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Frans Peters, The Netherlands (Finance Chair)

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION

ParCo 99 is organised by the non-profit foundation ParCo Conferences in co-operation with the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

WELCOME TO ParCo99

The international conference ParCo99 will be held during the last few months of the century during which the first electronic parallel computers were developed. The next millennium will see the increased use of parallel computing technologies at al levels of main stream computing. The majority of computer hardware will use these technologies to achieve higher compute speeds, high speed access to very large distributed databases and greater flexibility through heterogeneous computing. These developments will result in the extended use of all types of parallel computers in virtually all areas of human endeavour. Compute-intensive problems in emerging areas such as financial modelling and multimedia systems will, in addition to traditional application areas of parallel computing, such as scientific computing, stimulate this development. Parallel computing as a field of scientific research and development will change from a niche position concentrating on solving compute-intensive scientific and engineering problems to becoming one of the fundamental computing technologies.

The conference aims to give a retrospective view of what has been achieved in the parallel computing field and also give a prospective view of future developments. In this the application aspects of parallel computing are given a special position. This is reflected in the themes of the invited talks.

The conference organisers planned the conference such that you will have many opportunities to meet with fellow researchers. We do hope that you will participate in the scientific activities, the industrial session and will use the social activities to make new, and renew old, contacts. The informal nature of the conference allows for easy interaction with fellow delegates.

Please feel free to contact any member of the Conference Committee if you have questions or need assistance.

PROGRAM

The program consists of invited and contributed papers - which will be presented in classic or interactive form - as well as an industrial session. The papers selected highlight a wide range of aspects pertaining to, for example, applications of parallel computers, software development methods and tools, numerical and non-numerical algorithms, architectures and performance analysis.

INVITED SPEAKERS

Noted researchers were invited to give their views on particular aspects of parallel computing during plenary sessions:

Paolo Ciancarini (I):

Coordination Languages

Dennis Gannon (USA):

The Information Power Grid and the Problem of Component Systems for High Performance Distributed Computing

Jerzy Leszczynski (USA):

Explosive Advances in Computational Chemistry - Applications of Parallel Computing in Biomedical and Material Science Research

Richard Robb (USA):

A Vision for Image Computing and Visualization in Medicine

David Womble (USA):

Challenges in the Practical Application of Parallel Computing

EXHIBITION AND INDUSTRIAL SESSIONS

A number of companies will exhibit new products and will discuss R&D issues in an industrial session as part of the scientific program.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY

17 Aug 1999

WEDNESDAY

18 Aug 1999

THURSDAY

19 Aug 1999

FRIDAY

20 Aug 1999

 

9:00

 

Invited Paper:

Richard Robb

Invited Paper:

Dennis Gannon

Invited Paper:

Paolo Ciancarini

9:00

9:30

Opening

 

       

10:00

Invited Paper:

David Womble

Session 3

CFD

Multigrid I

Performance I

Session 7

Real World Ap. III

Linear Systems II

Scheduling I

Session 10

Performance II

Tools & Envir.

Program. Models II

10:00

11:00

Coffee/Tea Break

11:00

11:30

Session 1

Real World Ap. I

Linear Systems I

Compilers

Session 4

Comp. Physics

Multigrid II

Architectures I

Session 8

Mechanical Appl.

Cluster Comput.

Scheduling II

Session 11

Image Proces. II

Linear Syst. III

I/O Systems

11:30

12:30

Lunch

 

Closing Session

13:00

13:10

14:00

Session 2

Real World Ap. II

Image Proces. I

Run-time Systems

Session 5

Medical Appl.

Multigrid III

Program. Models I

Session 9

Invited Paper:

Jerzy Leszczynski

13.45-14.45

   

15:00

Coffee/Tea Break

15:30

Coffee/Tea Break

Interactive Paper Session

15.00-16.30

   

16:00

 

 

 

Interactive Paper Session

Session 6

Industrial Session

     

17:00

         

17:30

   

Conference Dinner

17.00-22.00

   

18:00

Reception

       

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

MONDAY, 16 AUGUST 1999

16:00-18:00

Registration at the Conference Centre

16:30-18:00

Reception: Cocktail in the Conference Centre

 

TUESDAY, 17 AUGUST 1999

09:30-10:00

Introduction by the Conference Chairman Gerhard Joubert

Opening by Egbert Torenbeek, Vice Dean of the University

10:00-11:00

Invited Paper
Chair: Gerhard Joubert

David Womble (USA): Challenges in the Practical Application of Parallel Computing

11:00-11:30

Coffee/Tea Break

SESSION 1

 

Session 1A: Applications: Real World I
Chair: Gerhard Joubert

Session 1B: Algorithms: Linear Systems I
Chair: Heinrich Voss

Session 1C: Software: Compilers
Chair: Farhad  Arbab

11:30-12:00

V. Hernández, A.M. Vidal, F. Alvarruiz, J.M. Alonso, D. Guerrero, P.A. Ruiz

Hiperwater: A high performance computing demonstrator for water network analysis

M.J. Martin, I. Pardines, F.F. Rivera

Left-looking strategy for the modified Cholesky factorization on NUMA multiprocessors

W. Ecker, J. Mades, T. Schneider, A. Windisch, K. Yang

A scalable multithreaded compiler frontend

12:00-12:30

G. Erbacci, G. de Fabritiis, G. Bellanca, P. Bassi, R. Roccari

Performance evaluation of a FDTD parallel code for microwave ovens design

E.M. Daoudi, M. Zbakh

Communication overhead for parallel sparse Cholesky factorization on a reconfigurable network

Ch. Wicke, L. Bic, M. Dillencourt

Compiling for fast state capture of mobile agents

12:30-14:00

Lunch

SESSION 2

 

Session 2A: Applications: Real World II
Chair:David Womble

Session 2B: Algorithms: Image Processing I
Chair: Wolfgang Nagel

Session 2C: Software: Runtime Systems
Chair: Dennis Trystram

14:00-14:30

E. Arias, V. Hernández, J.E. Roman, A.M. Vidal

Hiperplast: An HPCN simulator for reinforced thermoplastics injection processes

Odej Kao

A parallel triangle operator for noise removal in true colour images

M. Ronsse, J. Chassin de Kergommeaux, K. De Bosschere

Execution replay for an MPI-based multi-threaded runtime system

14:30-15:00

H. Wang, G.M. Prabhu, E.S. Takle

Implementation and performance evaluation for a computation-intensive climate simulation application

R. Kutil, A. Uhl

Parallel adaptive 3-d wavelet analysis for fast and efficient video coding

D.D. Nikolopoulos, E.D. Polychronopoulos, Th.S. Papatheodorou, Ch.D. Antonopoulos, I.E. Venetis, P.E. Hadjidoukas

Achieving multiprogramming scalability of parallel programs on Intel SMP platforms: nano-threading in the Linux kernel

15:00-15:30

J.P. Geschiere, M. Bagni, R.A. van Maarseveen, M.P.G. Otten

Parallel SAR processing on Linux PCs enables operational radar remote sensing

S. Peng, S. Sedukhin, H. Nagata

A new scalable array processor for two-dimensional discrete fourier transform

M. Danelutto

Dynamic run time support for skeletons

15:30-16:00

Coffee/Tea Break

16:00-17:30

INTERACTIVE PAPER SESSION I

18:00-19:00

Guided tour of Delft

 

WEDNESDAY, 18 AUGUST 1999

SESSION 3

09:00-10:00

Invited Paper
Chair: Heinrich Voss

Richard Robb (USA): A Vision for Image Computing and Visualization in Medicine

 

Session 3A: Applications: CFD
Chair: Heinrich Voss

Session 3B: Algorithms: Multigrid and Irregular Problems I
Chair: Hai Xian Lin

Session 3C: Software: Performance Analysis I
Chair: Arjan van Gemund

10:00-10:30

A.V. Bogdanov, I.A. Grishin, G.O. Khanlarov, G.A. Lukianov, V.V. Zakharov

Two-level parallellization on direct simulation Monte Carlo of unsteady rarefield gas flows

J. Stiller, W.E. Nagel

MG-A toolbox for parallel grid adaption and implementing unstructured multigrid solvers

J. v. Katwijk, Y. Peng, J. Zalewski

Performance comparison of four software architectures for distributed computations

10:30-11:00

R. Keppens, G. Toth, J.P. Goedbloed

Parallel computational magneto-fluid dynamics

A.J. Barragan, J.S. Reeve

A two-dimensional parallel quadtree finite element mesh generator

R. Rabenseifner, S. Seidl, W. Nagel

Effective performance problem detection of MPI programs on MPP systems: From the global view to the detail

11:00-11:30

Coffee/Tea Break & Demonstration

SESSION 4

 

Session 4A: Applications: Computational Physics
Chair: Erik d'Hollander

Session 4B: Algorithms: Multigrid and Irregular Problems II
Chair: Hai Xian Lin

Session 4C: Architectures I
Chair: Dennis Trystram

11:30-12:00

M. Azizi, E.M. Daoudi, R. El Hani, A. Lakhouaja

Parallel non linear electromagnetic modelling with FEM

S. Lang

"UG", a parallel software tool for unstructured adaptive multigrids

N. Zingirian, M. Maresca

Bubble-driven optimization of instruction level parallel programs

12:00-12:30

A.J. Garcia-Loureiro, T.F. Pena, J.M.L. Gonzalez, L. Prat

Parallel implementation of a 3-D BJT device simulator

H. Schulze, R. Haupt, K. Hering

Experiments in parallel evolutionary partitioning

B. Goeman, H. Neefs, K. De Bosschere

Increasing the efficiency of value prediction in future processors by predicting less

12:30-14:00

Lunch & Demonstration

SESSION 5

 

Session 5A: Applications: Medical
Chair: Jerzy Leszczynski

Session 5B: Algorithms: Multigrid and Irregular Problems III
Chair: Bob Hiromoto

Session 5C: Software: Programming Models
Chair: Wolfgang Nagel

14:00-14:30

U. Hartmann

Modeling head biomechanics on parallel platforms

I. Altas, M. Hegland, S. Roberts, K. Burrage, R. Sidji

A parallel finite element surface fitting algorithm for data mining

E. Laure

Distributed high performance computing with OpusJava

14:30-15:00

A. Rhomberg, C. Brechbuhler, G. Szekely, G. Troster

A parallel architecture for interactive FEM computations in a surgery simulator

Th. Richert

Management of distributed dynamic data with algorithmic skeletons

M. Hamdan, G. Michael, P. King

A framework for nesting algorithmic skeletons

15:00-15:30

V. Positano, M.F. Santarelli, L. Landini, A. Benassi

Using PVM on computer network to perform fast pre-processing of large medical data set

L. Bergamaschi, G. Zilli

Parallel inexact Newton and interior point methods

R. Lepere, G. Mounie, D. Trystram, B. Robic

Malleable tasks: an efficient model for solving actual parallel applications

15:30-16:00

Coffee/Tea Break & Demonstration

 

Session 6: Industrial Session
Chair: Henk Sips

16:00-18:00

S. W. de Leeuw (HpaC - Delft)

High Performance Computing: The Delft Perspective

 

B. Hooijman (SGI)

Scalable Computing

 

F. Baetke (HP)

New Details on IA-64 and HP's Parallel Computing Strategy

 

J. Pareti (Compaq)

Scalable scientific computing at Compaq

 

THURSDAY, 19 AUGUST 1999

09:00-10:00

Invited Paper
Chair: David Womble

Dennis Gannon (USA): The Information Power Grid and the Problem of Component Systems for High Performance Distributed Computing

SESSION 7

 

Session 7A: Applications: Real World III
Chair: Davis Womble

Session 7B: Algorithms: Linear Systems II
Chair: Frans Peters

Session 7C: Software: Scheduling and Load Balancing I
Chair: Dick Epema

10:00-10:30

L. Hluchy, V.D. Tran, L. Halada, M. Dobrucky

Parallel ground water flow modelling

L. Bergamaschi, G. Pini, F. Sartoretto

Factorized Approximate inverse preconditioning of a parallel sparse eigensolver

K. Hwang, H. Jin, K. Chow

Comet: a communication-efficient load balancing strategy for multi-agent cluster computing

10:30-11:00

R. Reilein, G. Runger

Parallel cloud modeling

J. Cuenca, D. Gimenez

Implementation of parallel one-sided block Jacobi methods for the symmetric eigenvalue problem

A.G. Escribano, A.J.C. van Gemund, V. Gardenoso Payo, H.-X. Lin, A. Vaca Diez

Expressiveness versus optimizability in coordinating parallelism

11:00-11:30

Coffee/Tea Break

SESSION 8

 

Session 8A: Algorithms: Mechanical
Chair: Bob Hiromoto

Session 8B: Software: Cluster Computing
Chair: Paolo Ciancarini

Session 8C: Software: Scheduling and Load Balancing II
Chair: Dick Epema

11:30-12:00

J. Alonso, V. Hernández, A. Vidal

Hiperbuild: An efficient parallel software for 3D structural analysis of buildings

C. Best, N. Eicker, Th. Lippert, K. Schilling

Linux-clusters for Lattics Field theory

J.S. Sobolewski, S. Mamidi, W. Smith

Workload characteristics and effective scheduling in large parallel systems

12:00-12:30

A. Basermann, J. Fingberg, G. Lonsdale, B. Maerten, C. Walshaw

Dynamic multi-partitioning for parallel finite element applications

M. Gaus, G.R. Joubert, O. Kao, S. Riedel, S. Stapel

Distributed high-speed computing of multimedia data

J.M. Schopf

A practical methodology for defining histograms for predictions and scheduling

12:30-13:45

Lunch

SESSION 9

13:45-14:45

Invited Paper
Chair: Henk Sips

Jerzy Leszczynski (USA): Explosive Advances in Computational Chemistry - Applications of Parallel Computing in Biomedical and Material Science Research

14:45-15:00

Coffee/Tea Break

15:00-16:30

INTERACTIVE PAPER SESSION II

17:00-22:00

Conference Dinner

 

FRIDAY, 20 AUGUST 1999

09:00-10:00

Invited Paper
Chair: Arjan van Gemund

Paolo Ciancarini (I): Coordination Languages

SESSION 10

 

Session 10A: Performance Analysis II
Chair: Arjan van Gemund

Session 10B: Support Tools and Environmentss
Chair: Farhad Arbab

Session 10C: Software: Programming Models
Chair: Wim Böhm

10:00-10:30

A. Radenski, B. Norris, W. Chenn

A generic all-pairs cluster-computing pipeline and its applications

G. Folino, G. Spezzano

A cellular environment for steering high performance scientific computations

Hansoo Kim, K. Gopinath, V. Kathail

Region based register allocation for EPIC processors with predication

10:30-11:00

M. Serrano, R.L. Suppi, E. Luque

STW: Switch Time Warp. A model for rollback reduction in optimistis PDES

Z. Ying, Z. Gunlin, X. Bin, L. Sanli, M. Qunsheng

Design of network interface supporting user-level message passing

A. Haidt

Dynamic load balancing with self-organizing maps

11:00-11:30

Coffee/Tea Break

SESSION 11

 

Session 11A: Image Processing II
Chair: Wilfried Philips

Session 11B: Algorithms: Linear Systems III
Chair: Frans Peters

Session 11C: I/O Systems
Chair: Erik d'Hollander

11:30-12:00

R. Doallo, J.M. Eiroa, J. Sanjurjo, J.M. Carazo

Bayesian image restoration: Parallel implementation on a SGI origin multiprocessor

R. Geus, S. Rollin

Towards a fast parallel sparse matrix-vector multiplication

F.E. Bustamante, K. Schwan

Active I/O streams for heterogeneous high performance computing

12:00-12:30

E. Reinhard, A. Chalmers, F.W. Jansen

Hybrid scheduling for realistic image synthesis

H.X. Lin

A framework for analyzing and designing parallel algorithms for the solution of tridiagonal systems

R. Lottiaux, Ch. Morin, T. Priol

File mapping in shared virtual memory using a parallel file system

12:30-13:00

M. Ferrero, L. Cavassa

MPEG1 and MPEG2 compression based on a workstation cluster

J. Cooper, M. Szularz, J. Weston

External selective orthogonalization for the Lanczoz algorithm in distributed memory environments

R. Todi, G.M. Prabhu, T. Benjegerdes, Jh. L. Gustafson

Performance evaluation of parallel file systems using realistic I/O workloads

13:00-13:10

Closing Session
Chair: Gerhard Joubert

13:15-

Lunch

 

INTERACTIVE SESSION 1

Authors

Title

S. Antonelli, S. Pelagatti

Using optimal partitioning strategies for skeleton allocation

D. Heras, V. Perez, J. Cabaleiro Dominguez, F. Fernandez Rivera

Study of data locality for iterative methods

C. Zlatea, T. Elrad

Patterns and coordination models for the design of parallel applications

L. Eeckhout, H. Neefs, K. De Bosschere

Estimating IPC of a block structured instruction set architecture in an early design stage

J.C. Moure, R.B. Garcia, Dolores Rezachs, E. Luque

Scalable simultaneous multithreading

Y. Yu

A 3D-Java tool to visualize loop dependences

G. Stuer, J. Broeckhove, F. Arickx

A message based reliable multicast protocol for distributed virtual environments

K. Ying, D. Arnow, G. Weiss

SWC: a small framework for webcomputing

E. Hernandez, Y. Cardinale, C. Figueria, A. Teruel

SUMA: a scientific metacomputer

A. Plastino, C.C. Ribeiro, N. Rodriguez

A tool for SPMD application development with support for load balancing

E. Gronke, R. Knauerhase, D. Cameron

A study of storage protocols using the VI architecture

J. Fijany, B.N. Toomarian, M. Spotnitz

Novel highly parallel and systolic architectures using quantum dot-based hardware

T.D. Viet, N.T. Giang, L. Hluchy

Parallel program model and environment

 

INTERACTIVE SESSION 2

Authors

Title

J. Blanquer, V. Hernández, J. Ramírez, A. Vidal

HIPERCIR: A scalable PC-based parallel system for medical imaging

A.S. Charao, I. Charpentier and B. Plateau

A framework for parallel multithreaded implementation of domain decomposition methods

B. Wery, F. Quartier

The asynchronous object-oriented programming model for parallel systems

P. Bobbie, R. Giroux, S. Roper, C.W. Birmingham, M. Arradondo, H. Williams

Distributed computation and real-time visualisation of the ising model in MPI environment

M. Protonotarios, I. Vyridis, Ch. Nikolaidis, Th. Varvarigou

Vehicle routing with time windows and stochastic demand

L. Fournerie, B. Lecussan

Implementing a functional approach for parallel resolution of irregular problems on distributed multiprocessors

O. Posdziech, R. Grundmann, S. Seidl, W.E. Nagel

Three-dimensional direct numerical simulation of flow problems with electromagnetic control on parallel systems

R. Ahrem, P. Post, K. Wolf

Multi-physics computations with a communication library for the coupling of simulation codes on distributed systems

M. Coli, F. Marra, P. Palazzari

Performances of hole based, chaotic and minimal fully-adaptive routing algorithms under fixed resource constraint

P. Brezany, P. Czerwinski, R. Koppler, K. Sowa, J. Volkert

Advanced visualization and data distribution steering in an HPF parallellization environment

M. Andretta, S. Di Gregorio, M.A. Mazzanti, R. Rongo, R. Serra, W. Spataro, M. Villani

Cellular automata model for parallel simulation of contamination processes by oil in porous soils

A.P.W. Bohm, J.P. Hammes

On the memory performance of pure and impure, strict and non-strict functional programs

O. Hammami

Hardware counters based partitioning of the evolutionnary algorithms on SMP with superscalar microprocessors

T. Postiau, P. Fisette, J.-D. Legat

Fine grain parallellization of multibody system equations of motion

M.P. van Lohuizen

Parallel processing of natural language parsers

G. Arnold, Th. Lippert, Th. Moschny, K. Schilling

Parallellization of umbrella Monte Carlo algorithm

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

PROCEEDINGS

The proceedings of the conference will be published after the conference. All delegates who paid the full registration fee will receive a copy. All papers will be reviewed at the conference and authors will be informed about acceptance shortly after the conference. It should be noted that presentation of a paper does not automatically guarantee its acceptance for publication.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference is English.

LOCATION

The conference will be held at the auditorium of the Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 5, Delft, The Netherlands.

INDUSTRIAL SESSION AND DEMONSTRATION

During the conference the High Performance Applied Computing centre of TU Delft offers demonstrations on cooperation with SGI. On Wednesday there are presentations from HpaC and insdustry, and Hewlett Packard and SGI provide demonstrations.

REGISTRATION FEE

The basic registration fee includes: tea/coffee, lunches and participation in the scientific programme.

The full registration fee additionally includes: a copy of the proceedings and participation in the social programme.

CANCELLATIONS

A full refund minus a handling charge of 40,00 Euro will be made in all cases in which a written application is submitted to the Conference Office before 1 August 1999.

PAYMENTS

Please refer to the Registration Form or the conference home page for information about the possibilities to make payments.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information is given below. For any additional information required, please contact the Conference Office.

Parco99 Lecture Halls

The conference uses the following rooms and spaces of the auditorium, mainly located on the second floor. (The letters S, D, C, I, P, Q, X, and H refer to the ground-plan of this second floor).

Lecture halls:

  • S: hall of the senate (dutch: senaatszaal)
    Opening and closing sessions
    invited lectures
    all A-sessions
  • D: lecture room D (dutch: collegezaal D)
    all B-sessions
  • C: lecture room C (dutch: collegezaal C)
    all C-sessions

Interactive Presentations

  • I: Interactive presentations

Registration desk:

  • P: on monday 16th
  • Q: from tuesday 17th onwards

Industrial demonstrations:

  • X: committee room 3 (dutch: commissiekamer 3)

Lunch:

  • H: van Hasselt hall (dutch: zaal)

Lunches

Lunches on 17, 18, 19 and 20th august are served in the van Hasselt hall (van Hasselt zaal in Dutch). To participate, it is required that you visibly wear your badge.

Guided tour of Delft: Tuesday August 17.

On tuesday 17th august a guided tour of Delft is available. Between 17:30 and 18:00 participants walk to the tourist office, Markt 83-85; to get there, use the map in your conference bag or follow a participant who knowes his/her way around. Some English speaking guides will be waiting for you at the tourist office to show you the city and tell you something about its history and interesting places. The tour will take about an hour.

The guided tour brings you back to the tourist office. From there, you are on you own.

Conference dinner: Thursday, August 19.

The conference dinner will be at the "Kurhaus Hotel" Scheveningen. The dinner itself is in the main hall and it is a buffet. Participants will be seated by Kurhaus staff and subsequently take from the buffet whatever they want.

A limited selection of drinks is available; anything beyond this has to be paid for by the person placing the order.

It is worthwhile to take a walk around the hotel and along the beach before going back to your own hotel.

Participants go together to Scheveningen by tram; two tramcars have been hired by the conference for this purpose. For the way back participants receive tickets for the tram ride, but the journey is on an individual basis.

Tickets

Dependent on the type of your registration, tickets for the conference dinner have been made available to you during registration. Take your ticket(s) with you, as it (they) will be collected by ParCo staff before you may enter the dining area.

Schedule

Please note the changed timing of the afternoon sessions of thursday august 12th; the conference schedule has been slightly compressed to leave sufficient time to reach the tramstop. In particular, Interactive Session II is scheduled 15:00 - 16:30; between 16:30 and 17:10 participants proceed to the tramstop.

Departure: tramstop Delft CS (Central Station) 17:15. We must be at the stop at 17:10 and board the car as quickly as possible and immediately as it arrives; these cars cannot wait, there is only a small time-slot available for them.

Demonstrations: Wednesday, August 18.

On wednesday august 18th there is the industrial session. During wednesday there will also be demonstrations from HP, SGI and HPaC (TU Delft) in committee room 3 (dutch: commissiekamer 3), marked X on your ground-plan.

On wednesday HPaC also offers demonstrations of their virtual reality workbench. These demonstrations are organized in small groups of 5 persons and they take about 20 minutes. There is a demonstration every half hour, the first one starting at 10am, the final one starts at 3:30pm. These demonstrations take place in the building of the physics department, immediately neighbouring the auditorium. For every scheduled demonstration there will be a person at the registration desk to show you the way.

To participate, you must sign-up a list; this can be done at the registration desk.

Library services

The library is located behind the auditorium. Participants may use the PC's in the library to read mail and such activities requiring only ftp, telnet or a browser; on the condition of course that this doesn't interfere with the normal operation of the library.

The building is worth looking at. The library also offers a guided tour taking 30 - 45 minutes. Tours will be available on wednesday 12th august (two groups, at 3pm and 4pm) and thursday 13th august (one group, at 3pm) for groups of 7 to 10 persons. To participate, you have to sign up a list; this can be done at the registration desk. For every scheduled tour there will be a person at the registration desk to show you the way.

LOCAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

The closest main airport to Delft is Schiphol (Amsterdam). A direct train connection to Delft exists. Alternatives are to fly to Düsseldorf, Brussels (Zaventem) or Rotterdam and commute by train or rented car to Delft.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel accommodation can be booked directly through your travel agent. A list of hotels will be posted on the conference home page. Note that The Hague and Rotterdam, which offer a large selection of hotels, are close to Delft and can easily be reached by train or tram.

BEST PAPER AWARD

Awards for the best papers presented at the conference will be made. Two equal awards are available, one each for the best extensive and specialised paper.

CONFERENCE ADDRESS

ParCo99

Faculty of Information Technology and Systems

Department of Computer Science

P.O. Box 356

2600 AJ DELFT

The Netherlands

Tel: +31-15-2788700

Fax: +31-15-2787141

e-mail: parco99@tudelft.nl

WWW: http://www.parco99.tudelft.nl