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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: Paris Beyond Frommer's

Can a computer automatically discover and tell us what makes Paris look so much like Paris? "What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?" offers a creative, inspiring new...

What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?
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What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?

Given a large repository of geo-tagged imagery, we seek to automatically find visual elements, for example windows, balconies, and street signs, that are most distinctive...

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Technical Perspective: Treating Networks Like Programs

"Software Dataplane Verification" takes existing static checking of networks to a new level by checking the real code in the forwarding path of a Click router using...

Software Dataplane Verification
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Software Dataplane Verification

We present the result of working iteratively on two tasks: designing a domain-specific verification tool for packet-processing software, while trying to identify...

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Technical Perspective: The Path to Light Transport

"Geometric Tools for Exploring Manifolds of Light Transport Paths" presents a technique to address the challenging problems of light transport.

Geometric Tools for Exploring Manifolds of Light Transport Paths
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Geometric Tools for Exploring Manifolds of Light Transport Paths

We provide a geometric solution to the longstanding problem of light simulations by representing light paths as points in an abstract high-dimensional configuration...

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Technical Perspective: Not Just a Matrix Laboratory Anymore

Mathematics is not difficult to find in Chebfun, the subject of "Computing Numerically with Functions Instead of Numbers."

Computing Numerically with Functions Instead of Numbers
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Computing Numerically with Functions Instead of Numbers

We present the Chebfun system for numerical computation with functions, which is based on a key idea: an analogy of floating-point arithmetic for functions rather...

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Technical Perspective: A Woodworker's Easy Fix

The authors of "Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design" have found a way to provide the user with instant feedback on how to fix unstable...

Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design
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Guided Exploration of Physically Valid Shapes for Furniture Design

The authors propose an interactive design framework for the efficient and intuitive exploration of geometrically and physically valid shapes.

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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: The Simplicity of Cache Efficient Functional Algorithms

In "Cache Efficient Functional Algorithms," Blelloch and Harper suggest we analyze the costs of functional algorithms by assuming objects are allocated sequentially...

Cache Efficient Functional Algorithms
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Cache Efficient Functional Algorithms

We present a cost model for analyzing the memory efficiency of algorithms expressed in a simple functional language.

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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...

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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...
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