--- INACTIVE --- EWG PAREO, Parallel processing in operational research

Name--- INACTIVE --- EWG PAREO, Parallel processing in operational research
The PAREO group is saddened by the death of our colleague Stephan Tschoeke in an automobile accident on February 15, 2003. Stephan was a valued colleague and researcher in the area of parallel optimization and operational research, and will be sorely missed. The members of the PAREO group extend their sympathies to Stephan s family and to his collegues of the Paderborn University (Germany).

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  • Catherine Roucairol (PRiSM, University of Versailles, Versailles, France)
  • Theodor Crainic (CRT, University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada)
  • Jonathan Eckstein (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, U.S.A.)
  • Gerard Kindervater (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Bertrand Le Cun (PRiSM, University of Versailles, Versailles, France)
  • Celso Ribeiro (PUC do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Coordinator Bertrand Le Cun
    [email protected]
    Unviersity of Versailles
    PRiSM Laboratory
    45 Avenue des Etats-Unis
    Versailles France
    Phone: 33+ 1 39 25 40 50
    Url: http://www.prism.uvsq.fr/~blec
    Purpose and historyParallel computers may have a considerable impact on many areas of Operational Research (OR). Their use makes it possible to solve larger problems in less time, and thus leads to substantial savings. However, it is a non-trivial task to design effective algorithms for the parallel machines currently available, as well as to build suitable development environments and programming tools. Because of the considerable effort required to exploit the potential power of parallel architectures, in addition to the scarce contacts between the (classical) OR-community and specialists in Parallel Computing, many researchers in the field of Operational Research are not fully aware of the perspectives parallelism may offer.

    A broad variety of real-word problems in Operational Research appears to be practically intractable using traditional hardware. At the same time, it is generally expected that parallel processing will become a major tool in solving these problems.

    Unfortunately, current conferences on operational research (like the EURO meetings), are seldom attended by many specialists in parallel computing, while operational researchers appear unprepared to discuss the challenges of designing parallel algorithms, even if special sessions are organized. Conversely, conferences on parallel computing barely draw their attendees from the OR-community, as a good number of the topics at those conferences (such as architectures, parallel languages, etc.) are beyond their competence.

    This reinforces the need to run a working group interfacing between these two complementary disciplines. Consequently, EURO decided to create a working group on parallel processing (called PAREO). This working group is the meeting point for (European) researchers in operational research and computer scientists interested in the development of parallel algorithms for OR problems. Moreover, it will enable them to obtain a double competence in both operational research and (parallel) computer science.

    The PAREO working group aims to bring together researchers from both academia and industry who are interested in the development of parallel algorithms for problems in the area of operational research. Its main objective is to bridge the gap between the two complementary disciplines of operational research and parallel computing. The people concerned are from operational research working in domains like combinatorial optimization, mathematical programming, stochastic programming, and networks, and people from computer science dealing with issues such as performance and scalability of parallel systems, mapping of algorithms onto parallel computers, programming environments, and visual interfaces.
    MembersCurrently, there are 70 members. Membership of PAREO is free of charge. One can become a member by sending an email to [email protected]
    Past activitiesAnnual Meetings

    • The first meeting - PAREO98 was held in Versailles, France, July 8-10, 1998.

    • The PAREO group organized 2 sessions in the Informs99 conference in China

    • The PAREO2000 meeting was held in Paderborn, Germany, June 14-16, 2000, http://www.uni-paderborn.de/~PAREO2000/

    • The PAREO group organized 2 sessions in the EURO conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 9-11, 2001.

    • The PAREO2002 meeting. Conference in Guadeloupe, France, May 20-24, 2002

    • The PAREO2005 meeting. Conference Mont-Tremblant (Montréal), Canada
      January 16-21, 2005

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    Year established1997

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