The Caltech Infospheres Project, led by CRPC Executive Committee Member K. Mani Chandy, was awarded $50,000 by Novell for its pioneering work in the area of personal networks. The project explores the theory and implementation of compositional systems that support peer-to-peer process communication across the Global Information Infrastructure (GII). (See "Infosphere Infrastructure Release 1.0b1 Available," this issue.)

Chandy and Caltech graduate student Adam Rifkin won the Best Paper Award in Software Technology at the 30th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) held January 7 - 10. The paper, entitled "Systematic Composition of Objects in Distributed Internet Applications," is scheduled to be published in the October 1997 issue of the British Computer Society's The Computer Journal.

CRPC Facilities Director and Executive Committee member Paul Messina recently received a joint grant of $136,000 from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and DARPA to investigate a "Hybrid Technology Multi-Threaded Architecture" to support PetaOps computing, or computing that involves one thousand trillion operations per second. Messina and Caltech colleague Thomas Sterling will lead an interdisciplinary team of collaborators to determine the feasibility and detailed structure of a parallel architecture integrating the combined capabilities of semiconductor, superconductor, and optical technologies.

CRPC Technical Steering Committee member Virginia Torczon has been elected to a three-year term on the Council of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Torczon is one of 12 members-at-large elected by the SIAM membership. The primary responsibilities of the council are to formulate the scientific policy of SIAM, monitor its technical activities, and propose new activities.

Intermediate school teacher Judy Woods, a 1996 Master Teacher in the CRPC-sponsored GirlTECH program, was on a grant-writing committee that secured $30,000 from Aldine District Title One Funds for infrastructure at Reed Intermediate School in Houston. Woods credits the CRPC for her Internet training, grant-writing support, and ideas about how to bring computer technology into the classroom. The school is using the funds to install Internet connections in the library, classrooms, and computer lab. Woods received a $68,000 Technology grant from the Aldine district in January to buy computers and software to create a math enrichment lab to be used both during and after school. She plans to write a grant to complete the infrastructure for Reed.

GirlTECH '96 participant Karen Green, teacher and technology specialist at Stehlik Intermediate School in Houston, helped secure a technology grant of nearly $70,000 for the Aldine District school. Green is currently working to provide a LAN for the fifth grade which will bring the Internet into each classroom. In addition, a multimedia lab with state-of-the-art computers and a large network server will be available to fifth- and sixth-grade classes.

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