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Making Information Flow Explicit in HiStar
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Making Information Flow Explicit in HiStar

Features of the new HiStar operating system permit several novel applications, including privacy-preserving, untrusted virus scanners and a dynamic Web server with...

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Technical Perspective: Power Efficiency as the #1 Design Constraint

Moore's Law, and associated observations by Bob Dennard, describe key technical...

Understanding Sources of Ineffciency in General-Purpose Chips
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Understanding Sources of Ineffciency in General-Purpose Chips

To better understand what improvement in processor efficiency is possible, we quantify the performance and energy overheads of a 720p HD H.264 encoder running on...

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Technical Perspective: Making Browser Extensions Secure

Vulnerabilities in browsers and their extensions have become the primary venue through which cyber criminals compromise the security...

Vetting Browser Extensions For Security Vulnerabilities with VEX
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Vetting Browser Extensions For Security Vulnerabilities with VEX

The browser has become the de facto platform for everyday computation and a popular target for attackers of computer systems. Among the many potential attacks that...

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Technical Perspective: Skintroducing the Future

Two critical goals for mobile devices seem intrinsically in conflict. For carrying, the smaller the better. Yet for...

Skinput
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Skinput: Appropriating the Skin as an Interactive Canvas

Skinput is a technology that appropriates the skin as an input surface by analyzing mechanical vibrations that propagate through the body. Specifically, we resolve...

Debugging in the (Very) Large
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Debugging in the (Very) Large: Ten Years of Implementation and Experience

Windows Error Reporting (WER) is a distributed system that automates the processing of error reports coming from an installed base of a billion machines. WER has...

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Technical Perspective: Is Scale Your Enemy, Or Is Scale Your Friend?

Scale has been the single most important force driving changes in system software over the last decade. Its impact is...

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Technical Perspective: FAWN: A Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes

The emergence of wimpy processors and FLASH met a promising deployment scenario in the field of large-scale data centers. The energy efficiency potential of these...

FAWN
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FAWN: A Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes

This paper presents a fast array of wimpy nodes — FAWN — an approach for achieving low-power data-intensive data-center computing.

Dremel: Interactive Analysis of Web-Scale Datasets
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Dremel: Interactive Analysis of Web-Scale Datasets

Dremel is a scalable, interactive ad hoc query system for analysis of read-only nested data. By combining multilevel execution trees and columnar data layout, it...

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Technical Perspective: Data Analysis at Astonishing Speed

The importance of data analysis has never been clearer. Globe-spanning scientific collaborations are exploring...

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Technical Perspective: Complex Financial Products: Caveat Emptor

CDOs are examples of financial derivatives, with a value that depends on the underlying assets with which they are linked. These kinds of complex financial products...

Computational Complexity and Information Asymmetry in Financial Products
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Computational Complexity and Information Asymmetry in Financial Products

Securitization of cash flows using financial derivatives transformed the financial industry over the last three decades. Derivatives...

Liability Issues in Software Engineering
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Liability Issues in Software Engineering: The Use of Formal Methods to Reduce Legal Uncertainties

This paper reports on the results of a multidisciplinary project involving lawyers and computer scientists with the aim to put forward a set of methods and tools...

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Technical Perspective: Liability Issues in Software Engineering

The paper by LeMétayer et al. addresses one technical issue in a large and serious problem in the production...

VL2: A Scalable and Flexible Data Center Network
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VL2: A Scalable and Flexible Data Center Network

VL2 is a practical network architecture that scales to support huge data centers with uniform high capacity between servers, performance isolation between services...

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Technical Perspective: VL2

The Internet is increasingly a platform for online services running on rack after rack of servers. With the advent of large data centers, the study of the networks...

DRAM Errors in the Wild
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DRAM Errors in the Wild: A Large-Scale Field Study

While a large body of work exists on DRAM in lab conditions, little has been reported on real DRAM failures in large production clusters. In this paper, we analyze...
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