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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.

Consumerization of It and Research
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Consumerization of It and Research

When a corporate, government, or university IT department of the 1970s debated an upgrade to its IBM S/370 mainframes, it is doubtful that the IT director was in...

Internet Information Freedom Revisited.
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Internet Information Freedom Revisited.

Many countries have started to control access to information on Internet for their citizens, most famous case being China, but Latin America does not escape this...

A Personal View of the Future of Personal Computing
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A Personal View of the Future of Personal Computing

The future of computers will be created by a conjunction of several key aspects of technology.

Investigating Old Problems in a New Light at Cscw, Day 2
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Investigating Old Problems in a New Light at Cscw, Day 2

This post will give a summary of one paper each from sessions on Groupware Technologies, the experimental CSCW Horizons, and Everyday Healthcare.

Paucity to Plethora: Jevons Paradox
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Paucity to Plethora: Jevons Paradox

I suspect much of computing is still socially conditioned by its roots in computational paucity to recognize fully the true opportunity afforded by computational...

What Will 2010 Bring?
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What Will 2010 Bring?

What changes will we see in 2010 in computing?

Showcasing European Computer Science
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Showcasing European Computer Science

Retrospective on the 2009 European Computer Science Summit and the launch of ACM Europe

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...

Extreme Agility at Facebook
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Extreme Agility at Facebook

Robert Johnson, director of engineering at Facebook was the last keynote at OOPSLA 2009.  Robert’s talk: “Moving Fast at Scale - Lessons Learned at Facebook”, aimed...

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?

Wrapping up Oopsla, Looking Forward For Splash
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Wrapping up Oopsla, Looking Forward For Splash

Like all good things, OOPSLA 09 concluded last Thursday.  A great conference with many interesting presentations, I'm already looking forward for the next one :...

Developing Software For the Outer Space
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Developing Software For the Outer Space

Making good software is hard.  Making software that has to work without defects on a different planet is extremely hard. Today Gerard Holzmann explained how NASA...
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