MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL CHAIR AND PROGRAM CHAIR

On behalf of the HPSR 2005 Executive Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 2005 IEEE Workshop on High Performance Switching and Routing, which will be held in Hong Kong, P. R. China during 12-14 May 2005.

Current estimates and measurements predict that Internet traffic will continue to grow for many years to come. Driving this growth is the fact that the Internet has moved from a convenience to a mission-critical platform for conducting of and succeeding in business. In addition, the provision of broadband services to end users will prolong this growth for many years to come. As a result, there is a great demand for gigabit/terabit electronic routers and switches (IP routers, ATM switches, Ethernet switches) that knit together the constituent networks of the global Internet, creating the illusion of a unified whole. These switches/routers must not only have an aggregate capacity of gigabits/terabits coupled with forwarding rates of billions of packets per second, but they must also deal with nontrivial issues such as scheduling support for differentiated services, a wide variety of interface types, scalability in terms of capacity and port density, and backward compatibility with a wide range of packet formats and routing protocols.

HPSR has always been a good venue for advancing, presenting, and debating the technologies needed to deal with the above challenges such as scaling the Internet and improving its capabilities. As a result, we welcome researchers, academics, and industrials to participate in this Workshop.

We are very honored to host it in P. R. China. By participating in HPSR05, you will be able to experience the distinctive blend of East and West in this dynamic city. Feel the rush as you indulge in shopping. Savor culinary delicacies. Open your senses to Hong Kong's amazing skyline, bustling harbor and peaceful countryside. Come discover the diversity and sophistication. You'll love it! Thus we urge you to grab this golden opportunity of attending HPSR05.

Victor O.K. LI
HPSR05 General Chair

Mounir Hamdi
Technical Program Chair