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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...

The Power of Abstraction–Barbara Liskov's OOPSLA Keynote
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The Power of Abstraction–Barbara Liskov's OOPSLA Keynote

Barbara Liskov is the Turing Award winner for 2008 for her pioneering work in programming languages.  She was the keynote speaker in OOPSLA 2009 and talked about...

Taming the Clouds at OOPSLA
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Taming the Clouds at OOPSLA

OOPSLA 2009 workshops started yesterday (Sunday Oct 25th)  and featured two workshops on Cloud Computing.  The presence of a diverse audience led to many interesting...

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...

The Rise of Empirical Software Engineering (I): The Good News
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The Rise of Empirical Software Engineering (I): The Good News

Empirical software engineering papers, at places like the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), used to be terrible. There were exceptions, of...

Grace Hopper Keynote 1: Megan Smith
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Grace Hopper Keynote 1: Megan Smith

Megan Smith keynote at Grace Hopper

­Ubiquity
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­Ubiquity

Technology and information are ominpresent in Tokyo, but nobody seems to notice; a look at the future of ultra-integrated high technology. 

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...

High-Performance Computing: Where
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High-Performance Computing: Where

By definition, the raison d’être for high-performance computing is high performance, but floating point operations per second (FLOPS) need not be the only measure...

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...

The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment
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The Great Electronic Brain and the Rhetoric of Recruitment

We rarely talk about computers as "Electronic Brains" or "Thinking Machines." That seems presumptuous or audacious today.  Maybe that's exactly what we need to...

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...

Pipelining, Computing Innovation And Economic Growth
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Pipelining, Computing Innovation And Economic Growth

In this economic downturn, as everyone looks with a wary eye at discretionary spending, it is instructive to consider the role of computing technology and innovation...

Open Source in Latin America
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Open Source in Latin America

An introduction to open source and its applications in south america.
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