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HPC: Computational Performance vs. Human Productivity
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HPC: Computational Performance vs. Human Productivity

One of the themes at SC14 was the tension between developing programs that run fast vs. the time required by humans to develop and maintain fast-running programs...

Locality, Locality, Locality: A Note from SC14
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Locality, Locality, Locality: A Note from SC14

Steadily growing chips, systems, and application parallelism are driving the movement of data across larger distances in systems, and data locality is becoming...

Why Does HPC Matter?
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Why Does HPC Matter?

SC14 launched this year’s gala with a new plenary session to highlight the advancements that HPC enables in everything from soap to safer cars to the discovery...

Computing Is The Safe STEM Career Choice Today
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Computing Is The Safe STEM Career Choice Today

The US-BLS 2012-2022 employment projections predict that nearly 3 out of 4 new STEM jobs and 3 out of 5 total STEM jobs will be in computing.  

Building a Computationally-Literate Workforce
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Building a Computationally-Literate Workforce

Students must leave their formal training ready to take up the state of the practice in fields that routinely use computational tools, and ready to advance the...

HPC Every Day, Everywhere
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HPC Every Day, Everywhere

This Saturday the world's largest, and most influential, conference on high performance computing opens in Denver. Over the next week new advances in supercomputing...

Turing's 1936 Paper and the First Dutch Computers
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Turing's 1936 Paper and the First Dutch Computers

The following question has polarized the computer-science community: Did Alan Turing's 1936 paper 'On Computable Numbers' influence the early history of computer...

Why HCI Should Listen to Mothers
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Why HCI Should Listen to Mothers

A call for the HCI community to spend some design effort on helping new mothers with the considerable physical and emotional challenges they face.

Leaping the Exascale Chasm
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Leaping the Exascale Chasm

The global race is on to build ever-faster supercomputers, fueled by a combination of scientific and engineering needs to simulate phenomena with greater resolution...

Exascale Software: Just a Few Orders of Magnitude
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Exascale Software: Just a Few Orders of Magnitude

Extraordinary parallelism, unprecedented data locality and adaptive resilience: these are daunting architecture, system software and application challenges for...

Little's Law in the Exascale Era
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Little's Law in the Exascale Era

When performance optimization, reliability requirements, and energy management are convolved with component costs, device physics, system software services and...

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...
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