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Technical Perspective: Shedding New Light on an Old Language Debate

"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...

A Large-Scale Study of Programming Languages and Code Quality in GitHub
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A Large-Scale Study of Programming Languages and Code Quality in GitHub

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...

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Technical Perspective: Broadening and Deepening Query Optimization Yet Still Making Progress

"Multi-Objective Parametric Query Optimization," by Immanuel Trummer and Christoph Koch is a remarkable tour de force exploration of the combination of both parametric...

Multi-Objective Parametric Query Optimization
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Multi-Objective Parametric Query Optimization

We propose a generalization of the classical database query optimization problem: multi-objective parametric query (MPQ) optimization.

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Technical Perspective: Catching Lies (and Mistakes) in Offloaded Computation

The system described in "Pinocchio: Nearly Practical Verifiable Computation" refines an important theoretical advance by Gennaro et al. Together, these two works represent...

Pinocchio
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Pinocchio: Nearly Practical Verifiable Computation

To instill greater confidence in computations outsourced to the cloud, we introduce Pinocchio, a built system for efficiently verifying general computations while...

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Technical Perspective: Enlisting the Power of the Crowd

An important contribution of "Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd" is the observation that by using the crowd for the collection of new data, we are departing...

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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.

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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...

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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: 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: Progress in Visual Categorization

Our visual system helps us carry out our daily business. Our eyes and brain help us by measuring shapes, trajectories, and distances in world around us, and by...

Visual Object Detection with Deformable Part Models
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Visual Object Detection with Deformable Part Models

We describe a state-of-the-art system for finding objects in cluttered images. Our system is based on deformable models that represent objects using local part...

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Technical Perspective: Finding People in Depth

The following article by Shotton et al. describes a landmark computer vision system that takes a single depth image containing a person and automatically estimates...
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