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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.


Herding Swarms of Microrobots
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Herding Swarms of Microrobots

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University demonstrated that they were able to control a group of microrobots to create complex patterns...

App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
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App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon

University of California, San Diego researchers working on the GreenDroid project have developed software that scans the Android operating system and its most popular...

Microsoft Browser Would Offer Personalization Along With Privacy Protection
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Microsoft Browser Would Offer Personalization Along With Privacy Protection

Microsoft researchers have developed RePriv, a browser that analyzes users' online behavior and controls how their personal information is released to sites that...

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Speedier Nanotube Circuits

Stanford University researchers recently expanded on an earlier study involving the development of faster nanotube circuits, which could lead to their use in complex...

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New Protocol Turbocharges the Web

Over the past 15 years, Web-based applications have gradually replaced those based on other networking protocols for everything from personal communications to...

The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor...

China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever
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China's Homemade Supercomputer May Be the Most Efficient Ever

China plans to launch a new homegrown supercomputer, the Dawning 6000, this summer, and it "could rival even Blue Gene/Q systems for performance per watt supremacy...

Silicon's Long Good-Bye
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Silicon's Long Good-Bye

Researchers make transistors out of a material that's better than silicon.

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

Electric Skin That Rivals the Real Thing
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Electric Skin That Rivals the Real Thing

Two separate research groups have developed pressure-sensing devices that can match human skin in sensitivity and flexibility. 

Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design
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Synaptic Behavior Captured By New Memristor Circuit Design

University of Tehran researchers Farnood Merrikh-Bayat and Saeed Bagheri have found that two memristors used in a series work more like a human brain using Hebbian...

Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones
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Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones

An international group of researchers has developed Misco, a version of Google's MapReduce algorithm powered by cell phones in a self-contained cloud computing...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Replacing metal wiring with fiber optics could change everything from supercomputers to laptops.

Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays
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Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays

Hewlett-Packard researchers are developing a composite material that use ambient light to create more vibrant colors for video-capable, low-power screens. 

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Pitting Cloud Against Cloud

Tools that benchmark performance promise to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of competing cloud providers.

Tiny Springs Could Reduce Microchip Waste
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Tiny Springs Could Reduce Microchip Waste

Palo Alto Research Center researchers led by Eugene Chow have developed a technique involving microscale springs that make computer chips more reliable and less...

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The Achilles' Heel of Your Computer

Device drivers account for most crashes and even introduce security problems; a new testing tool could provide an early warning.

The Challenge of Molecular Communication
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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Research led by Ph.D. student Sachin Kadloor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are investigating how much information can be exchanged via molecular...

Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips
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Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips

Intel engineers have created computer processors with circuits capable of random behavior, a development that could lead to secure cryptography keys.

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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Bacteria communicate with molecules, and now computer scientists want to copy them. Their first task: to derive a mathematical theory of molecular communication...
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