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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.


Type Theory Comes of Age
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Type Theory Comes of Age

Type systems are moving beyond the realm of data structure and into more complex domains like security and networking.

Alternate Interface Technologies Emerge
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Alternate Interface Technologies Emerge

Researchers working in human-computer interaction are developing new interfaces to produce greater efficiencies in personal computing and enhance miniaturization...

Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award
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Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award

Novel research has improved the simulation performance of hardware models created in SystemC. Preliminary experiments showed the researchers were able to speed...

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

From ACM News

Grid Computing and the Future of Cloud Computing

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of grid computing, a type of distributed computing that harnesses the power of many computers to handle large computational...

From ACM News

Google Patents Mapreduce

Google has received a patent for the technique known as MapReduce. The patent, number 7,650,331, applied for in 2004, is entitled "System and method for efficient...

Faster and More Efficient Software For the Air Force
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Faster and More Efficient Software For the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force should have more confidence in its software as a result of a new research project at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The Nebraska team...

Cerf ­rges Standards for Cloud Computing
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Cerf ­rges Standards for Cloud Computing

Vint Cerf, a co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols, ACM Fellow and A.M. Turing Award winner, and considered a father of the Internet itself, emphasized...

How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere
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How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere

Las Vegas casinos are incubators of the world's most advanced surveillance tech. Here's how the spy gear that helps Sin City has taught everyone from government...

New Algorithm Ranks Sports Teams Like Google's Pagerank
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New Algorithm Ranks Sports Teams Like Google's Pagerank

Sandia National Laboratory researcher Ed Feng has developed PowerRank, an algorithm for ranking sports teams that is similar to how Google's PageRank ranks Web...

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Trading Shares in Milliseconds

Today's stock market has become a world of automated transactions executed at lightning speed. This high-frequency trading could make the financial system more...

Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity
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Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity

Nearly seven months after highlighting the vulnerability of banking, energy and communications systems to Internet attacks, the White House on Tuesday is expected...

Putting the Squeeze on Data
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Putting the Squeeze on Data

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Piotr Indyk and graduate student Radu Berinde last year introduced two versions of a linear data-compression algorithm...

From ACM TechNews

Complex Integrated Circuits Made of Carbon Nanotubes

Stanford University researchers have developed the first three-dimensional (3D) carbon nanotube circuits. Three-dimensional nanotube circuits could be a major...

Robert Lovett Ashenhurst: 1929 - 2009
From Communications of the ACM

Robert Lovett Ashenhurst: 1929 - 2009

Former Communications editor-in-chief Robert L. Ashenhurst, who died last October at age 80, served ACM for 35 years with dedication, humor, and panache, according...

Future Internet Design Summit
From Communications of the ACM

Future Internet Design Summit

The National Science Foundation's meeting on Internet architectures focused on designs related to emerging social and economic realities. The four-day,  invitation...

New Search Challenges and Opportunities
From Communications of the ACM

New Search Challenges and Opportunities

If search engines can extract more meaning from text and better understand what people are looking for, the Web's resources could be accessed more effectively.

Automated Translation of Indian Languages
From Communications of the ACM

Automated Translation of Indian Languages

India faces a daunting task trying to manually translate among 22 official languages, but assistance, in the form of advanced technology enabled by a lot of hard...

Amir Pnueli: Ahead of His Time
From Communications of the ACM

Amir Pnueli: Ahead of His Time

Remembering a legacy of practical and theoretical innovation.

Rebuilding For Eternity
From Communications of the ACM

Rebuilding For Eternity

Buildings collapse. Wind and rain beat them, temperatures cycle from freezing to blistering, and random strikes of...
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