We describe DeepDive, a system that combines database and machine learning ideas to help to develop knowledge base construction systems.
Ce Zhang, Christopher Ré, Michael Cafarella, Christopher De Sa, Alex Ratner, Jaeho Shin, Feiran Wang, Sen Wu From Communications of the ACM | May 2017
"Exploiting Vector Instructions with Generalized Stream Fusion" points out that stream fusion by itself is not well suited for generating bulk instructions such...Guy Blelloch From Communications of the ACM | May 2017
Programmers should not have to sacrifice code clarity or good software engineering practices to obtain performance. This work shows how to attain this goal for...Geoffrey Mainland, Roman Leshchinskiy, Simon Peyton Jones From Communications of the ACM | May 2017
"Certifying a File System Using Crash Hoare Logic: Correctness in the Presence of Crashes" presents a big step toward real-world file systems that are crash-safe...Gernot Heiser From Communications of the ACM | April 2017
This paper introduces Crash Hoare logic, which extends traditional Hoare logic with a crash condition, a recovery procedure, and logical address spaces for specifying...Tej Chajed, Haogang Chen, Adam Chlipala, M. Frans Kaashoek, Nickolai Zeldovich, Daniel Ziegler From Communications of the ACM | April 2017
What is the most drastic way to reduce the cost of communication for parallel data processing algorithms? This is the question studied in "Reasoning on Data Partitioning...Leonid Libkin From Communications of the ACM | March 2017
We introduce a framework for reasoning about data partitioning to detect when we can avoid the data reshuffling step.
Tom J. Ameloot, Gaetano Geck, Bas Ketsman, Frank Neven, Thomas Schwentick From Communications of the ACM | March 2017
One unfortunate fact about protocols is that as they get older and applied to more scenarios — and TLS is used basically everywhere — they tend to gain weight....Eric Rescorla From Communications of the ACM | February 2017
We systematically test popular TLS implementations and find unexpected transitions in many of their state machines that have stayed hidden for years. We show how...Benjamin Beurdouche, Karthikeyan Bhargavan, Antoine Delignat-Lavaud, Cédric Fournet, Markulf Kohlweiss, Alfredo Pironti, Pierre-Yves Strub, Jean Karim Zinzindohoue From Communications of the ACM | February 2017
"HACC: Extreme Scaling and Performance Across Diverse Architectures" describes the Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC) framework, which uses a novel...Valentina Salapura From Communications of the ACM | January 2017
In this Research Highlight, we demonstrate the success of HACC on two very different machines, the CPU/GPU system Titan and the BG/Q systems Sequoia and Mira, attaining...Salman Habib, Vitali Morozov, Nicholas Frontiere, Hal Finkel, Adrian Pope, Katrin Heitmann, Kalyan Kumaran, Venkatram Vishwanath, Tom Peterka, Joe Insley, David Daniel, Patricia Fasel, Zarija Lukić From Communications of the ACM | January 2017
A time-tested principle in computer systems design is to use an interface to separate an abstraction from its implementation. "Software-Defined Batteries" represents...Srinivasan Keshav From Communications of the ACM | December 2016
In this paper, we present a new hardware-software system, called Software Defined Battery, which allows system designers to integrate batteries of different chemistries...Anirudh Badam, Ranveer Chandra, Jon Dutra, Anthony Ferrese, Steve Hodges, Pan Hu, Julia Meinershagen, Thomas Moscibroda, Bodhi Priyantha, Evangelia Skiani From Communications of the ACM | December 2016
"A Reconfigurable Fabric for Accelerating Large-Scale Datacenter Services" presents a research deployment of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) in a Microsoft...James C. Hoe From Communications of the ACM | November 2016
We describe a medium-scale deployment of a composable, reconfigurable hardware fabric on a bed of 1,632 servers, and measure its effectiveness in accelerating the...Andrew Putnam, Adrian M. Caulfield, Eric S. Chung, Derek Chiou, Kypros Constantinides, John Demme, Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Jeremy Fowers, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Jan Gray, Michael Haselman, Scott Hauck, Stephen Heil, Amir Hormati, Joo-Young Kim, Sitaram Lanka, James Larus, Eric Peterson, Simon Pope, Aaron Smith, Jason Thong, Phillip Yi Xiao, Doug Burger From Communications of the ACM | November 2016
"Efficient Parallelization Using Rank Convergence in Dynamic Programming Algorithms" shows how some instances of dynamic programming can be effectively parallelized...James Larus From Communications of the ACM | October 2016
This paper proposes an efficient parallel algorithm for an important class of dynamic programming problems that includes Viterbi, Needleman-Wunsch, Smith-Waterman...Saeed Maleki, Madanlal Musuvathi, Todd Mytkowicz From Communications of the ACM | October 2016
"Incremental, Iterative Data Processing with Timely Dataflow" describes Naiad, which combines three classes of dataflow systems, supporting high-throughput batch...Johannes Gehrke From Communications of the ACM | October 2016
We describe the timely dataflow model for distributed computation and its implementation in the Naiad system.
Derek G. Murray, Frank McSherry, Michael Isard, Rebecca Isaacs, Paul Barham, Martin Abadi From Communications of the ACM | October 2016