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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.


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...

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Amir Pnueli: Ahead of His Time

Remembering a legacy of practical and theoretical innovation.

Rebuilding For Eternity
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Rebuilding For Eternity

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

Growing Europe's Nanowires
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Growing Europe's Nanowires

European researchers engaged in the NODE project have devised a cutting-edge technology for "growing" nanowires in a vertical configuration, which could lead to...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

From ACM TechNews

­niversity of Toronto Physicists Lay the Groundwork for Cooler, Faster Computing

Researchers at the University of Toronto (UT) have discovered new behaviors of light that could lead to faster optical information processing and compact computers...

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New Open Source Stack Saves Money

Vienna University of Technology researchers have created the Open Source EtherNet/IP Adapter Stack for connecting a wide range of industrial products that already...

Network Analysis Reveals True Connections
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Network Analysis Reveals True Connections

Northwestern University researchers have developed a universal method that can correctly analyze a variety of complex networks. The researchers tested their method...

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Scientists, IT Community Await Exascale Computers

The information technology (IT) industry discussed the challenges it faces in developing exascale systems, a new generation of supercomputers that promise to be...

Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize
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Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize

University of Bristol postdoctoral researcher Rio Yokota was a member of the team that won the first Gordon Bell prize in the price per performance category of...

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22 Stories ­nderground: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

Down a road that winds through the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just across from a cow pasture, the bucolic scenery of Butler County is interrupted by...

Gallium Nitride Transistor Could One Day Power Laptops, Cars
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Gallium Nitride Transistor Could One Day Power Laptops, Cars

A Cornell researcher has created an extremely efficient transistor made from a material that may soon replace silicon as king of semiconductors for power applications...

Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution
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Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution

Computer scientists at University of California, San Diego are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help identify air pollution hot spots. The...

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Reconfigurable Computing Research Pushes Forward

Alan George, director of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC), says that challenges and objectives...
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