Professor Brett D. Fleisch, recognized leader in Parallel and Distributed Systems, was invited to the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Software Systems to participate in a strategic directions workshop for software systems programs. This historic event marks the formative planning of MPI for Software Systems under the leadership of Dr. Peter Druschel, Founding Director.

Established in November 2004, the MPI for Software Systems performs world-class basic research in all areas related to the design, analysis, modeling, implementation and evaluation of complex software systems. It joins over 80 other institutes run by the Max Planck Society, which conduct world-class basic research in medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology and the humanities. The MPI for Software Systems is located at and works closely with the MPI for Informatics, the computer science departments at the University of Kaiserslautern and the Saarland University, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Fraunhofer Institutes for Experimental Software Engineering and for Industrial Mathematics, and other computing research centers within the Kaiserslautern-Saarbruecken computer science cluster.

The goal of the workshop was to engage leaders in the (broadly definded) software systems area to discuss key research challenges, methods and approaches that are needed to address these challenges. This International forum described at Max Planck Institute (MPI) Strategic Directions Workshop, was held in Kaiserslautern, Germany, September 22-23, 2005.