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The Self-Managing, 'unbreakable' Internet?
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The Self-Managing, 'unbreakable' Internet?

High-powered Internet applications typically need teams of experts to maintain them. Not any more, say European researchers who have built a system to create applications...

Silicon-Germanium Electronics May Cut Spacecraft Weight
From ACM News

Silicon-Germanium Electronics May Cut Spacecraft Weight

Satellites and other spacecraft typically use bulky and expensive shielding to protect vital  microprocessors and other microelectronic integrated circuits from...

Code Breakthrough Delivers Safer Computing
From ACM TechNews

Code Breakthrough Delivers Safer Computing

Computer researchers at the University of New South Wales and NICTA say they have proven that an operating-system kernel was 100 percent free of bugs. The team...

From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Often Run Outdated Software

Supercomputing experts discussed the issue of supercomputing software during a recent conference in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Coalition...

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code
From ACM TechNews

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code

Code analysis vendor Coverity reports that the number of defects in open source projects is on the decline. 

Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All
From ACM TechNews

Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All

Stephen Wolfram has set the ambitious goal of converting the global corpus of knowledge into a computable format through WolframAlpha.com, a computational knowledge...

Shaping the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Debating Net Neutrality
From Communications of the ACM

Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
From Communications of the ACM

Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...

Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help
From ACM TechNews

Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help

Willow Garage researchers are developing robots that ask human for help when they cannot recognize objects. Willow Garage computer scientist Alan Sorokin has designed...

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap
From ACM News

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap

Researchers are working on "self-healing" electronic materials that could lead in time to computer components that can fix themselves when they break.

From ACM News

Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

From ACM News

Quantum Computers Are Coming

WHATEVER happened to quantum computers? A few years ago, it seemed, it was just a case of a tweak here, a fiddle there, and some kind of number-crunching Godzilla...

Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009
From ACM TechNews

Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009

This year's ACM conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Appliances (OOPSLA 2009) will be held in Orlando, Fla., from October 25-29. OOPSLA...

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable
From ACM News

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable

Nanomaterials  are widely expected to be a foundation of future electronics. A key component of  tomorrow's nanoelectronic circuits is stable nanowires that work...

Internet Pioneer Cerf ­rges IPv6 Migrations
From ACM TechNews

Internet Pioneer Cerf ­rges IPv6 Migrations

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) needs to be implemented now to enable the Internet to continue to grow, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf said during an event at...

Can You Trust Crowd Wisdom?
From ACM TechNews

Can You Trust Crowd Wisdom?

A researcher who studied the voting patterns on Amazon.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and the book review site BookCrossings says a small group of users...

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off
From ACM TechNews

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off

Aircraft manufacturers eager to reduce the weight of planes are looking into the replacement of copper wiring with wireless networks. Imbuing fly-by-wireless networks...

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits
From ACM TechNews

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) researchers are developing a material that could enable a computer circuit to repair itself. The researchers have...

Nsf Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds
From ACM TechNews

Nsf Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds

University of Delaware National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientists have received a $1,064,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct...
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