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DEPARTMENT: Letters to the editor
"Orchestrating Coordination in Pluralistic Networks" by Peter J. Denning et al. (Mar. 2010) offered guidance for distributed development teams. I can vouch for the issues …
Communications' Virtual Extension brings more quality articles to ACM members. These articles are now available in the ACM Digital Library.
From the early days of computers, people have speculated that computers would be used to supplement our intelligence. In the last decades, most of the work toward this dream has …
DEPARTMENT: CACM online
The mouse's days are numbered. Computer interfaces that remove user-system barriers are in the works and are intuitive enough for first-time users to throw away the manual.
A better understanding of heavy-tailed probability distributions can improve activities from Internet commerce to the design of server farms.
The electrical grid isn't the only utility acquiring intelligence, as water and gas meters throughout the U.S. gain radio communication capabilities and …
Researchers are developing new techniques to gauge employee productivity from information flow.
Remembering a rich legacy in verification, languages, and concurrency.
Awards were recently announced by ACM and the American Association for the Advancement of Science honoring leaders in the fields of computer science and technology.
COLUMN: Privacy and security
Developing effective privacy protection technologies is a critical challenge for security and privacy research as the amount and variety of data collected about individuals increase exponentially.
COLUMN: Inside risks
Designing privacy into systems at the beginning of the development process necessitates the effective translation of privacy principles, models, and mechanisms into system requirements.
COLUMN: The profession of IT
Parallel computation is making a comeback after a quarter century of neglect. Past research can be put to quick use today.
COLUMN: Kode Vicious
Dear KV, I've been working with some code that generates massive data sets, and . . . I'm finding that more and more often I have to explain my data to people who are either …
COLUMN: Law and technology
Over several years, Intel paid billions of dollars to its customers. Was it to force them to boycott products developed by its rival AMD or so they could sell its microprocessors at lower prices?
Researchers in computer science departments throughout the U.S. are violating federal law and their own organization's regulations regarding human subjects research—and in …
ACM Fellow and A.M. Turing Award recipient Edward A. Feigenbaum, a pioneer in the field of expert systems, reflects on his career.
Elastic computing has great potential, but many security challenges remain.
Emulating a video system shows how even a simple interface can be more complex—and capable—than it appears.
A survey of powerful visualization techniques, from the obvious to the obscure.
SECTION: Contributed articles
Needed are generic, rather than one-off, DBMS solutions automating storage and analysis of data from scientific collaborations.
Conference acceptance rate signals future impact of published conference papers.
SECTION: Review articles
New algorithms provide the ability for robust but scalable image search.
SECTION: Research highlights
Surprises may be fun in real life, but not so in software. One approach to avoiding surprises in software is to establish its functional correctness, either by construction …
The trend towards processors with more and more parallel cores is increasing the need for software that can take advantage of parallelism. Writing correct …
When you decide to use a piece of software, how do you know it will do what you need it to do? Will it be safe to run? Will it interfere with other software you already have …
We report on the formal, machine-checked verification of the seL4 microkernel from an abstract specification down to its C implementation. We assume correctness of compiler, assembly code, hardware, and boot code.
COLUMN: Last byte
Last month (May 2010, p. 120) we posted a trio of brainteasers, including one as yet unsolved, concerning variations on the Ham Sandwich Theorem.
The Internet has changed the way I think, though, ironically, less than I expected.
SECTION: Virtual extension
Advances in wireless information technologies have placed users in a ubiquitous computing environment that allows them to access and exchange information anywhere and anytime through wireless handheld devices such as smartphones …
Organizations undertaking software development are often reminded that successful practice depends on a number of non-technical issues that are managerial, cultural and organizational in nature.
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) provides compelling evidence that software piracy continues to be a global problem. The growing worldwide use of PCs has contributed to a 84% increase in piracy losses since 2003, a number …
The year is 1787. Utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham publishes his ideas for a panopticon, a quite brilliant merger of architectural design with an understanding of human …
Model Driven Engineering (MDE) techniques support extensive use of models in order to manage the increasing complexity of software systems. Automatic model transformations play a critical role in MDE since they automate complex …
Some commentators have suggested that, in order to stay competitive, IT professionals should retool themselves to gain competency in specific in-demand technical skills. Thriving in a dynamic environment requires competency in …
Human innovation, in combination with the Internet, networking, and communications technologies have produced a new platform for social and business networking, formation of community, and communication.
The Internet has revolutionized the manner in which people interact. Web 2.0 applications supporting Web-based social networking through blogs, wikis and folksonomies have proven potent in changing users' perception and use of …