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Again: The One Sure Way to Advance Software Engineering
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Again: The One Sure Way to Advance Software Engineering

There is one proven way to improve the state of software, following the the airline industry's spectacular improvements of safety. The IT industry ignores it. Why...

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...

Welcome to SC10: Opening Keynote, Top500 List
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Welcome to SC10: Opening Keynote, Top500 List

SC10—the premier conference for supercomputing—has begun. This post touches on a few highlights from the first day of the full technical program, including the...

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.

To Videolecture or Not
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To Videolecture or Not

Should conferences cover the cost of a videolecture or not?  I say "yes."

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.  

Fixing the Process of Computer Science Refereeing
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Fixing the Process of Computer Science Refereeing

There is a simple way to make refereeing better, almost overnight. It takes a bit of courage, but it would restore honesty and quality to the process.

Technology Transfer: A Contact Sport
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Technology Transfer: A Contact Sport

The success or failure of technology transfer depends on many factors. No single mechanism is guaranteed to succeed, though there are many mechanisms that are likely...

Barbara Liskov Keynote Grace Hopper Conference
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Barbara Liskov Keynote Grace Hopper Conference

In her Grace Hopper keynote talk, Barbar Liskov reflected on her research journey and the work for which she was given the Turing Award.

Talking With PCAST
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Talking With PCAST

I told three stories at PCAST — The Google Story, Model Checking, and Machine Learning — as a way to illustrate the importance of sustained federal funding of basic...

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...

Why Is Great Design So Hard?
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Why Is Great Design So Hard?

Why is good design so hard to accomplish for organizations? People are coming to the realization that design really matters, but it's not that they don't want to...

In Vivo, In Vitro, In Silico
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In Vivo, In Vitro, In Silico

These “grand challenges” of systems biology encompass almost every aspect of modern computing, from numerical and symbolic methods through data management and analytics...

Web Applications Crave Memory
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Web Applications Crave Memory

Big web applications are hungry for RAM.  They want lots of low power RAM.  And they want little else.

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...

Malvertisements Growing as Online Security Threat
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Malvertisements Growing as Online Security Threat

Malvertisements are attempts to inject malware and scareware into advertisements, leveraging the reach that advertising networks have. This blog entry examines...

On Social Networks, Political Campaigns and Threats
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On Social Networks, Political Campaigns and Threats

 Brief discussion on how social networks are now the battlefield of political campaigns, death threats and more.
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