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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Dueling Algorithms
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Dueling Algorithms

There's an old joke about two hikers on a trail, one wearing hiking boots and the other running shoes. "Why the running shoes?" the first hiker asks. "In case...

Retooling Algorithms
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Retooling Algorithms

Charles Leiserson and his team are experts at designing parallel algorithms—including one for a chess-playing program that outperformed IBM’s Deep Blue.

3D Tv? How About Holographic Tv?
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3D Tv? How About Holographic Tv?

Using a single Xbox Kinect and standard graphics chips, MIT researchers demonstrate the highest frame rate yet for streaming holographic video.

Breaking Bottlenecks
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Breaking Bottlenecks

A new algorithm enables much faster dissemination of information through self-organizing networks with a few scattered choke points.

The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic
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The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic

A computer chip that performs imprecise calculations could process some types of data thousands of times more efficiently than existing chips.

When the Playroom Is the Computer
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When the Playroom Is the Computer

A block-shaped robot that seems to roll onto a computer screen is part of an educational-media system that gets kids out of their chairs.

Teaching Real-World Programming
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Teaching Real-World Programming

In an innovative software-engineering class, students meet for regular "code reviews" with senior programmers from Boston-area companies.

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Multicore May Not Be So Scary

Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more "cores," or processing units, to computer chips.

Sizing Samples
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Sizing Samples

Many scientific disciplines use computers to infer patterns in data. But how much data is enough to ensure that the inferences are right?

The MIT Roots of Google
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The MIT Roots of Google

Google’s App Inventor, which lets people with no previous programming experience build applications for mobile phones, draws on decades of MIT research.

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
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Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

An Internet 100 Times As Fast
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An Internet 100 Times As Fast

A new network design that avoids the need to convert optical signals into electrical ones could boost capacity while reducing power consumption.

Sketch-Interpreting Software
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Sketch-Interpreting Software

A new system that lets people enter data into a tablet computer simply by drawing diagrams on the screen could lead to interactive whiteboards.

Parallel Course
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Parallel Course

In 1995, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about 100 megahertz. Seven years later, in 2002, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about three gigahertz...
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