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Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd
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Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd

Hybrid human/computer database systems promise to greatly expand the usefulness of query processing by incorporating the crowd. Such systems raise many implementation...

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Technical Perspective: High-Performance Virtualization: Are We Done?

"Bare-Metal Performance for Virtual Machines with Exitless Interrupts" shows how to enable a virtual machine to attain "bare metal" performance from high-speed...

Bare-Metal Performance For Virtual Machines with Exitless Interrupts
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Bare-Metal Performance For Virtual Machines with Exitless Interrupts

We present ExitLess Interrupts (ELI), a software-only approach for handling interrupts within guest virtual machines directly and securely.

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Technical Perspective: In-Situ Database Management

"NoDB: Efficient Query Execution on Raw Data Files" investigates extending a DBMS so it can use the file data in situ, without having to load it first.

NoDB
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NoDB: Efficient Query Execution on Raw Data Files

We here present the design and roadmap of a new paradigm in database systems, called NoDB, which do not require data loading while still maintaining the whole feature...

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Technical Perspective: Corralling Crowd Power

"Soylent: A Word Processor with a Crowd Inside," introduces an exciting vision of using crowd workers to power an interactive system — here, a word processor —...

Soylent
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Soylent: A Word Processor with a Crowd Inside

This paper introduces architectural and interaction patterns for integrating crowdsourced human contributions directly into user interfaces.

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Technical Perspective: Virtual Reality in Your Living Room

The authors of IllumiRoom investigate what AR/VR could look like in a truly social environment — the living room.

Illumiroom
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Illumiroom: Immersive Experiences Beyond the TV Screen

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system that surrounds a television with projected light, bringing video games, and film experiences out of the TV screen and into...

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Technical Perspective: Programming Multicore Computers

"Can Traditional Programming Bridge the Ninja Performance Gap for Parallel Computing Applications" advocates an appealing division of labor between a developer...

Can Traditional Programming Bridge the Ninja Performance Gap For Parallel Computing Applications?
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Can Traditional Programming Bridge the Ninja Performance Gap For Parallel Computing Applications?

Current processor trends of integrating more cores with SIMD units have made it more to extract performance from applications. It is believed that traditional...

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Technical Perspective: The Specialization Trend in Computer Hardware

Specialization improves energy-efficiency in computing but only makes economic sense if there is significant demand. A balance can often be found by designing...

Convolution Engine
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Convolution Engine: Balancing Efficiency and Flexibility in Specialized Computing

We present the Convolution Engine (CE) — a programmable processor specialized for the convolution-like data-flow prevalent in computational photography, computer...

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Technical Perspective: Rethinking Caches For Throughput Processors

As GPUs have become mainstream parallel processing engines, many applications targeting GPUs now have data locality more amenable to traditional caching. The...

Learning Your Limit
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Learning Your Limit: Managing Massively Multithreaded Caches Through Scheduling

This paper studies the effect of accelerating highly parallel workloads with significant locality on a massively multithreaded GPU.

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Technical Perspective: Getting Consensus For Data Replication

The following paper is a breakthrough in which the authors offer a formula to calculate the probability of reading data that was not written by one of the K most...

Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS
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Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS

Eventual consistency is often "good enough" for practitioners given its latency and availability benefits. In this work, we explain this phenomenon and demonstrate...

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Technical Perspective: The Interplay of Neuroscience and Cryptography

An ideal scheme for password storage would enable a password with more than 20 bits of randomness to be input and output from the brain of a human being who is...

Neuroscience Meets Cryptography
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Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks

We present a defense against coercion attacks using the concept of implicit learning from cognitive psychology. We use a carefully crafted computer game to allow...

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Technical Perspective: Silicon Stress

Moore's Law has been the mainstay of semiconductor electronics since the invention of the transistor and its application to the integrated circuit. Implicit in...
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