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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.


Seeing the Forest For the Trees
From ACM TechNews

Seeing the Forest For the Trees

New object recognition systems that deconstruct images into ever smaller elements, using methods developed at MIT and UCLA, should be much more efficient than previous...

Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?
From ACM TechNews

Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?

Researchers have developed a way to use water to transfer layers from one surface to another by exploiting the fact that different materials have different hydrophilicity...

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area
From ACM TechNews

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area

D.E. Shaw Research will house Anton, its new 512-node supercomputer, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center beginning next fall. 

Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores

The Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, has developed BarrelFish, an operating system designed to overcome the latency problem in multi-core computers...

The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner
From ACM News

The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner

With nearly 600 hours of testing completed, Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is in the thick of its nearly year long flight test program. Delays in the program have...

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery
From ICT Results

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery

We know more about the cosmos than we do about the human brain, but work by European researchers is allowing scientists to probe further into the mysteries of...

From ACM TechNews

N.y. Bomb Plot Highlights Limitations of Data Mining

The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City shows the limitations of data-mining technology. Using data mining to search for potential terrorists is similar...

An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication
From ACM TechNews

An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication

Tel Aviv University's Koby Scheuer has developed a nano-based filtering device using silicon rubber that is designed to enable faster communications over optical...

Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets
From ACM News

Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets

Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals--unlike the PC market...

Complex Software Systems
From ICT Results

Complex Software Systems

Researchers from Israel and six EU countries have carried out pioneering work on self-healing software capable of automatically and autonomously detecting, identifying...

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics

Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung researchers have developed a way to capture the piezoelectric power generated when a touchscreen flexes under a user's touch...

Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions
From ACM News

Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions

NIST has announced that 11 university teams will square off next week in two contests designed to prove the viability of advanced technologies for robotic manufacturing...

Mastering Multicore
From ACM TechNews

Mastering Multicore

MIT researchers have developed software that makes computer simulations of physical systems run more efficiently on multicore chips. 

Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer
From ACM News

Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer

They can't wait to do computational chemistry at a quadrillion calculations per second. Petascale computing will give three researchers at Iowa State University...

Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane

Toshiba researchers have developed a quantum cryptography system they say is fast enough to encrypt a video transmission. 

From ACM TechNews

Mit Researchers Boost Efficiency of Wireless Power

Wireless power transmission systems become increasingly efficient as more devices are being powered, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Thacker Wins Turing Award
From Communications of the ACM

Thacker Wins Turing Award

Microsoft's Charles P. Thacker named 56th recipient of ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
From Communications of the ACM

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!
From Communications of the ACM

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!

The relational model of data management, which dates to 1970, still dominates today and influences new paradigms as the field evolves.

Modeling the Astronomical
From Communications of the ACM

Modeling the Astronomical

Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.
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