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Soon after Java became popular for Internet applications, many other fields began looking at it. While Java's original thrust was client-side applets, today its dominant use is in large enterprise servers running business middleware. Its original client-side use is of secondary importance. Java for high-performance computing has been a popular issue and the subject of annual workshops over the last seven years, including the latest event, Java Grande ISCOPE, JGI'02, (http://charm.cs.uiuc.edu/javagrandeIscope/) held in Seattle from 3-5 November 2002. This meeting series joined forces with the International Symposium on Computing in Object-Oriented Parallel Environments (ISCOPE), aimed primarily at object-oriented methods in science and engineering with an emphasis on the use of C++.