This paper describes the process by which we built the SAT-based Feasibility Checker, a crucial element of the 2016-17 U.S. FCC "incentive auction" design.
Neil Newman, Alexandre Fréchette, Kevin Leyton-Brown From Communications of the ACM | January 2018
"Automatically Accelerating Non-Numerical Programs by Architecture-Compiler Co-Design," by Simone Campanoni, et al., proposes a modest hardware extension to support...James Larus From Communications of the ACM | December 2017
HELIX-RC is a compiler/microprocessor co-design that opens loops to parallelization by decoupling communication from thread execution in conventional multicore...Simone Campanoni, Kevin Brownell, Svilen Kanev, Timothy M. Jones, Gu-Yeon Wei, David Brooks From Communications of the ACM | December 2017
"Heads-Up Limit Hold'em Poker Is Solved," by Michael Bowling, et al., takes the counterfactual regret minimization method for approximating a Nash equilibrium to...David Silver From Communications of the ACM | November 2017
This paper is an extended version of our original 2015 Science article, with additional results showing Cepheus' in-game performance against computer and human...Michael Bowling, Neil Burch, Michael Johanson, Oskari Tammelin From Communications of the ACM | November 2017
"A Large-Scale Study of Programming Languages and Code Quality in GitHub," by Baishakhi Ray, et al., studies whether programming language choice and code quality...Jeffrey S. Foster From Communications of the ACM | October 2017
What is the effect of programming languages on software quality? In this study, we gather a very large data set from GitHub in an attempt to shed some empirical...Baishakhi Ray, Daryl Posnett, Premkumar Devanbu, Vladimir Filkov From Communications of the ACM | October 2017
This paper introduces an interface-driven approach to building scalable software.
Austin T. Clements, M. Frans Kaashoek, Eddie Kohler, Robert T. Morris, Nickolai Zeldovich From Communications of the ACM | August 2017
"IronFleet: Proving Safety and Liveness of Practical Distributed Systems," by Chris Hawblitzel, et al., describes mechanically checked proofs for two non-trivial...Fred B. Schneider From Communications of the ACM | July 2017
We demonstrate the methodology on a complex implementation of a Paxos-based replicated state machine library and a lease-based sharded key-value store. With our...Chris Hawblitzel, Jon Howell, Manos Kapritsos, Jacob R. Lorch, Bryan Parno, Michael L. Roberts, Srinath Setty, Brian Zill From Communications of the ACM | July 2017
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
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
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