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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,...

Why We Compute
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Why We Compute

Why do we, as researchers and practitioners, have this deep and abiding love of computing? Why do we compute? I suspect it is a deeper, more primal yearning, one...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Electronic Voting Systems
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Electronic Voting Systems

 What are the implications of electronic voting? Which countries are using this system? What are the advantages of using such systems? And what are the problems...

What Will 2010 Bring?
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What Will 2010 Bring?

What changes will we see in 2010 in computing?

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...

Technology
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Technology

A short review of some of the hidden social and environmental costs of technology.

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?

Cray and Fernbach Award Winners
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Cray and Fernbach Award Winners

This year, I have the honor and privilege to chair the selection committee for the Seymour Cray and Sidney Fernbach awards, which recognize outstanding contributions...

Student Research Competition at Grace Hopper
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Student Research Competition at Grace Hopper

Highlights of the top six posters/presentations at the Student Research Competition

The Fallacy of Rankings
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The Fallacy of Rankings

The list of the world's fastest computers will soon be announced. As always, we can expect the latest announcement to garner interest among the technological community...

HPC: Making a Small Fortune
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HPC: Making a Small Fortune

There is an old joke in the high-performance computing community that begins with a question, “How do you make a small fortune in high-performance computing?” There...

When Petascale Is Just Too Slow
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When Petascale Is Just Too Slow

Evolution or revolution, it’s the persistent question. Can we build reliable esascale systems from extrapolations of current technology or will new approaches be...

What To Do With Those Idle Cores?
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What To Do With Those Idle Cores?

So many processors on our desktops.  Four cores, eight cores, soon we will see hundreds of cores.  Almost all of them are going to be idle most of the time.  If...

Connecting the Two Ends: Mobile Clouds
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Connecting the Two Ends: Mobile Clouds

  In 1959, the colorful and brilliant physicist, Richard Feynman, gave a seminal lecture to the American Physical Society entitled, "There's Plenty of Room at...
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