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How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World
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How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World

A conference at UCLA on Thursday marked the 40th birthday of the Internet, which was created on Oct. 29, 1969, when a team led by Engineering Professor Leonard...

Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer
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Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer

China's National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has unveiled the Tianhe supercomputer, the fastest supercomputer in China. Tianhe runs at 563.1 teraflops...

Cell Phones Become Data Collection Tools For Global Development
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Cell Phones Become Data Collection Tools For Global Development

Computer scientists at the University of Washington have used the Android open-source mobile operating system to turn a cell phone into a versatile data-collection...

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Virtual Surgery Aims to Replace Risky Training

A new haptically enabled computer simulation system is undergoing clinical trials at Cork University Hospital in Ireland and Pecs University in Hungary. The virtual...

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Science at the Petascale: Roadrunner Results ­nveiled

Roadrunner, housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), recently completed its initial shakedown phase while performing accelerated petascale computer modeling...

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Wiser Owl Learns to ­nravel Doctor Talk

OWL 2, a new Internet language developed by an international team led by computer scientists from the University of Manchester and Oxford University, is designed...

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DARPA Looks to Send the Internet Into Orbit

There’ve been satellites orbiting Earth for half a century. But getting information to and from them is still a pain. Which is why Pentagon research arm Darpa is...

Embedded Design
From ICT Results

Embedded Design

Embedded computer systems must be fast and efficient. A European consortium has created a new modelling framework that lets designers strike the best balance between...

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Overseas Chinese Return to Start Companies

TIANJIN, China — This city in northeastern China is a long way from Sand Hill Road, home to the world's greatest concentration of venture capitalists. But a deal...

Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality
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Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality

In the not-too-distant future, it might be possible to slip on a pair of augmented-reality (AR) goggles instead of fumbling with a manual while trying to repair...

Scan of Internet ­ncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices
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Scan of Internet ­ncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices

A scan of the Internet by Columbia University researchers searching for vulnerable embedded devices has found that nearly 21,000 routers, Webcams, and VoIP products...

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Google Envisions 10 Million Servers

The computer industry had an opportunity to learn about the technical details of Google's infrastructure during LADIS 2009, ACM's recent SIGOPS International Workshop...

Parallel Course
From ACM News

Parallel Course

In 1995, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about 100 megahertz. Seven years later, in 2002, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about three gigahertz...

Where the Virtual World and Reality Meet
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Where the Virtual World and Reality Meet

Researchers in Barcelona are developing virtual reality spaces that incorporate touch-sensitive tiles and immersive animations. Pompeu Fabra University professor...

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Vulnerability Seen in Amazon's Cloud-Computing

A new study by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) suggests that leading cloud-computing...

Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics
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Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) professor Bhavani Thuraisingham, director of UTD's CyberSecurity Research Center, believes it is possible to establish data...

Acm, Ieee-CS Honor Pioneer of Grid Computing
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Acm, Ieee-CS Honor Pioneer of Grid Computing

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) have named Francine Berman the winner of the inaugural Ken Kennedy Award. Established this year, the award, named for...

Exploring New Frontiers
From Communications of the ACM

Exploring New Frontiers

The Expeditions in Computing program provides scientists with the funding to work on ambitious, often multidisciplinary research.

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Georgia Tech Wins Nsf Award For Next-Gen Supercomputing

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced its receipt of a five-year, $12 million award from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure...

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New Software Could Smooth Supercomputing Speed Bumps

Supercomputers have long been an indispensable, albeit expensive, tool for researchers who need to make sense of vast amounts of data. One way that researchers...
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