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Technical Perspective: 3D Image Editing Made Easy

The authors of "Extracting 3D Objects from Photographs Using 3-Sweep" present an important step toward achieving 3D editing.

Extracting 3D Objects from Photographs Using 3-Sweep
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Extracting 3D Objects from Photographs Using 3-Sweep

We introduce an interactive technique to extract and manipulate simple 3D shapes in a single photograph.

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Technical Perspective: The Chemistry of Software-Defined Batteries

A time-tested principle in computer systems design is to use an interface to separate an abstraction from its implementation. "Software-Defined Batteries" represents...

Software-Defined Batteries
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Software-Defined Batteries

In this paper, we present a new hardware-software system, called Software Defined Battery, which allows system designers to integrate batteries of different chemistries...

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Technical Perspective: FPGA Compute Acceleration is First About Energy Efficiency

"A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large-Scale Datacenter Services" presents a research deployment of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) in a Microsoft...

A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large-Scale Datacenter Services
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A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large-Scale Datacenter Services

We describe a medium-scale deployment of a composable, reconfigurable hardware fabric on a bed of 1,632 servers, and measure its effectiveness in accelerating the...

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Technical Perspective: If I Could Only Design One Circuit . . .

"DianNao Family: Energy-Efficient Hardware Accelerators for Machine Learning" shows a deep understanding of both neural net implementations and the issues in computer...

DianNao Family
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DianNao Family: Energy-Efficient Hardware Accelerators for Machine Learning

We introduce a series of hardware accelerators (i.e., the DianNao family) designed for Machine Learning (especially neural networks), with a special emphasis on...

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Technical Perspective: The Power of Parallelizing Computations

"Efficient Parallelization Using Rank Convergence in Dynamic Programming Algorithms" shows how some instances of dynamic programming can be effectively parallelized...

Efficient Parallelization Using Rank Convergence in Dynamic Programming Algorithms
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Efficient Parallelization Using Rank Convergence in Dynamic Programming Algorithms

This paper proposes an efficient parallel algorithm for an important class of dynamic programming problems that includes Viterbi, Needleman-Wunsch, Smith-Waterman...

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Technical Perspective: Naiad

"Incremental, Iterative Data Processing with Timely Dataflow" describes Naiad, which combines three classes of dataflow systems, supporting high-throughput batch...

Incremental, Iterative Data Processing with Timely Dataflow
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Incremental, Iterative Data Processing with Timely Dataflow

We describe the timely dataflow model for distributed computation and its implementation in the Naiad system. 

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Technical Perspective: Jupiter Rising

As "Jupiter Rising" makes clear, many of the Internet mechanisms for maintaining large-scale networks are suboptimal when the datacenter is largely homogeneous,...

Jupiter Rising
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Jupiter Rising: A Decade of Clos Topologies and Centralized Control in Google's Datacenter Network

We present our approach for overcoming the cost, operational complexity, and limited scale endemic to datacenter networks a decade ago.

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Technical Perspective: The Dawn of Computational Light Transport

What would the world look like if we had a chance to observe it with a trillion frame-per-second video camera? "Imaging the Propagation of Light through Scenes...

Imaging the Propagation of Light Through Scenes at Picosecond Resolution
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Imaging the Propagation of Light Through Scenes at Picosecond Resolution

We present a novel imaging technique, which we call femtophotography, to capture and visualize the propagation of light through table-top scenes with an effective...

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Technical Perspective: Toward Reliable Programming for Unreliable Hardware

"Verifying Quantitative Reliability for Programs that Execute on Unreliable Hardware" by Carbin et al. addresses challenges related to a bug, how likely it is to...

Verifying Quantitative Reliability for Programs that Execute on Unreliable Hardware
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Verifying Quantitative Reliability for Programs that Execute on Unreliable Hardware

We present Rely, a programming language that enables developers to reason about the quantitative reliability of an application — namely, the probability that it...

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Technical Perspective: Why Didn't I Think of That?

Until now, the database in a Web application has been treated as a global variable, accessible to all. In "Ur/Web: A Simple Model for Programming the Web," Adam...

Ur/Web
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Ur/Web: A Simple Model for Programming the Web

This paper presents Ur/Web, a domain-specific, statically typed functional programming language that reduces the nest of Web standards for modern Web applications...
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