Its a special time of the year in more then one way.
In addition to getting together with your family and friends, it is also time to consider attending/leading sessions or writing papers, in several parallel programming conferences.
IWOMP 2010 is the premier conference for OpenMP and shared memory parallelism on C, C++ and Fortran.
It usually consists of user tutorials, paper presentations on what is coming next for OpenMP, and current ongoing research in shared memory parallelism, as well tools presentations.
BoostCon 2010 is a C++ conference on Boost, which is an Open Source library written by Boost experts. This year, we are planning a special session on Transactional Memory including a very special guest.
I have been the Program Committee for both of these and enjoy their development at driving new directions in these fields.
A few call for participations on IWOMP and BoostCon 2010 conferences