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Intermittent Net and Mobile/Cloud Development
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Intermittent Net and Mobile/Cloud Development

Intermittent Net: The Importance of Distributed Thinking in Mobile/Cloud Application Development (and Usage)

What Does 'Big Data' Mean?
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What Does 'Big Data' Mean?

It is interesting to note that a substantial subset of the computer science community has redefined their research agenda to fit under the marketing banner of "Big...

Designing APIs For Mobile Performance Best Practices
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Designing APIs For Mobile Performance Best Practices

While there are many ways of tackling these unique obstacles of mobile performance, this article is largely focused on things that can be done from an API, or backend...

Possible Hadoop Trajectories
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Possible Hadoop Trajectories

Hadoop has spread rapidly in the last few years as a platform for parallel computation in Java, but we believe a lot of improvement will be required for serious...

Exciting New Research Presented at Grace Hopper
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Exciting New Research Presented at Grace Hopper

The Grace Hopper Conference includes a Ph.D. Forum that showcases the research of current Ph.D. students, with the additional goal of providing support and mentoring...

Analog Computing: Time For a Comeback?
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Analog Computing: Time For a Comeback?

Use of the word "computer" conjures certain images. One of them, so deeply ingrained that we rarely question it, is that computing is digital. The alternative,...

Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors
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Embracing Noise or Why Computer Scientists Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Errors

Precision is not required in everything or even most things.  Failures are best handled by expecting them all the time, not treating them as exceptions.  We should...

Software Verification Turns Mainstream
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Software Verification Turns Mainstream

Verification is maturing to the point where it will become integrated into mainstream software development.

2010 Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach Awards
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2010 Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach Awards

This year, I again had the honor and privilege to chair the selection committee for the IEEE Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach awards, both of which were presented...

SC10: Green500 and Booth 'Awards'
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SC10: Green500 and Booth 'Awards'

 SC10 has included several lists that rank supercomputers according to different criteria. The November 2010 Green500, focusing on energy efficiency, is out and...

Watts Humphrey: In Honor of a Pioneer
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Watts Humphrey: In Honor of a Pioneer

Watts Humphrey left us a few weeks ago. His contributions to professional software engineering have been essential.

HPC and the Excluded Middle
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HPC and the Excluded Middle

Betwixt and between ubiquitous consumer software and the ethereal realm of ultra-high-performance computing, lies the excluded middle, the world of day-to-day computational...

Can Randomly Generated Code Fix Software Bugs?
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Can Randomly Generated Code Fix Software Bugs?

Can the principles of evolution be applied to software code and used to improve it? Stephanie Forrest thinks so—and has some encouraging data to prove it.  

Why Enterprises Are ­Uninterested in NoSQL
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Why Enterprises Are ­Uninterested in NoSQL

Here's my two cents worth on why an estimated 61% of enterprise users are either ignorant about or uninterested in NoSQL.

Simple HPC Wins
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Simple HPC Wins

You want to be the first person to design a successful, transistorized computer system, not the last person to design vacuum tube computer.  Any designer's challenge...

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The First ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC)

Earlier this summer the first ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. With three stellar keynotes and an exceptional program, the inaugural...

The Future of Electronic Design Automation, According to IBM
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The Future of Electronic Design Automation, According to IBM

To paraphrase Mr. Meyerson: A truly talented engineer is someone who, when his hand gets slammed in a doorway and is badly hurt, inserts his other hand in the doorway...

SC09 Reflections: The Need For Speed
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SC09 Reflections: The Need For Speed

SC09 (aka the “Supercomputing Conference”) was held during the week of November 16.  The conference set an attendance record this year – roughly 10,000 attendees...

Who Needs Massively Multi-Core?
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Who Needs Massively Multi-Core?

Do consumers want massively multi-core?  Or would they rather have lower power consumption and better memory bandwidth?  Are we building what people want?

The 'No SQL' Discussion Has Nothing to Do With SQL
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The 'No SQL' Discussion Has Nothing to Do With SQL

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about "No SQL" databases. This blog post considers the performance argument about No SQL databases; a subsequent posting...
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