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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.


Always Improving Performance
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Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

Your Wish Is My CMD
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Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

Neural Net Worth
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Neural Net Worth

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun this month will receive the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made...

A New Movement in Seismology
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A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

Rewarded for RISC
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Rewarded for RISC

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients David Patterson and John Hennessy developed the "dangerous" idea that software should be simpler so it can be executed more quickly...

Going Serverless
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Going Serverless

Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the...

A Block on the Old Chip
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A Block on the Old Chip

Block copolymers may help transistors shrink to tinier dimensions.

Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog
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Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog

Analog circuits consume less power per operation than CMOS technologies, and so should prove more efficient.

Weaving the Web
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Weaving the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a paradigm shift that changed the world with his invention of the World Wide Web, Hypertext Transport Protocol, and Hypertext Markup...

Head-Mounted Displays to Aid the Disabled
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Head-Mounted Displays to Aid the Disabled

Products like the Oculus Rift and Google Glass could help ameliorate physical and perceptual impairments.

Plenty of Proteins
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Plenty of Proteins

The growth of structural biology brings new challenges for the world's protein data archive.

General Agreement
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General Agreement

Leslie Lamport contributed to the theory and practice of building distributed computing systems that work as intended.

A Touch of Security
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A Touch of Security

Biometrics hold promise, but haven’t yet paid off in consumer devices.

Stopping the Leaks
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Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

­ist Conference Presents Prototype Interface Projects
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­ist Conference Presents Prototype Interface Projects

User interfaces have moved beyond mice and keyboards to touch screens, voice controls, and visual inputs like the Microsoft Kinect as was demonstrated at  the recent...

Quantum Computing Claims Produce ­Uncertainty
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Quantum Computing Claims Produce ­Uncertainty

A Canadian company developing a quantum computer made news in May when it sold a system to defense manufacturer Lockheed-Martin for $10 million, though skeptics...

Information Theory After Shannon
From Communications of the ACM

Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'
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