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Technical Perspective: Does Your Experiment Smell?
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Technical Perspective: Does Your Experiment Smell?

"PlanAlyzer," by Emma Tosch et al., details PlanAlyzer software, the first tool to statically check the validity of online experiments.

PlanAlyzer
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PlanAlyzer: Assessing Threats to the Validity of Online Experiments

We present the first approach for checking the internal validity of online experiments statically, that is, from code alone.

Technical Perspective: Tracking Pandemic-Driven Internet Traffic
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Technical Perspective: Tracking Pandemic-Driven Internet Traffic

"A Year in Lockdown," by Anja Feldmann, et al., offers a detailed look at how Internet traffic changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Year in Lockdown
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A Year in Lockdown: How the Waves of COVID-19 Impact Internet Traffic

We review the impact of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic on Internet traffic in order to analyze its performance.

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Technical Perspective: Programming Microfluidics to Execute Biological Protocols

The approach taken in "BioScript," by Jason Ott, et al., is an example of how programming languages can help develop executable protocols that are conforming, understandable...

BioScript
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BioScript: Programming Safe Chemistry on Laboratories-on-a-Chip

This paper introduces BioScript, a domain-specific language for programmable biochemistry that executes on emerging microfluidic platforms.

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Technical Perspective: Deciphering Errors to Reduce the Cost of Quantum Computation

In "Constant Overhead Quantum Fault Tolerance with Quantum Expander Codes," by Omar Fawzi, et al., the authors produce an algorithm that can rapidly deduce the...

Constant Overhead Quantum Fault Tolerance with Quantum Expander Codes
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Constant Overhead Quantum Fault Tolerance with Quantum Expander Codes

In this paper, we study the asymptotic scaling of the space overhead needed for fault-tolerant quantum computation.

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Technical Perspective: BLeak: Semantics-Aware Leak Detection in the Web

What is the right leak oracle that can precisely capture the behavior of leaks in Web applications? "BLeak: Automatically Debugging Memory Leaks in Web Applications...

BLeak
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BLeak: Automatically Debugging Memory Leaks in Web Applications

This paper introduces BLeak (Browser Leak debugger), the first system for automatically debugging memory leaks in web applications.

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Technical Perspective: Analyzing Smart Contracts with MadMax

"MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts," by Neville Grech et al., effectively discovers a new smart contract vulnerability, and proposes a detection...

MadMax
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MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts

We identify gas-focused vulnerabilities and present MadMax: a static program analysis technique that automatically detects gas-focused vulnerabilities with very...

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Technical Perspective: ASIC Clouds: Specializing the Datacenter

Can we build purpose-built, warehouse-scale datacenters customized for large-scale arrays of ASIC accelerators or, to use a term coined in the paper by Michael...

ASIC Clouds
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ASIC Clouds: Specializing the Datacenter for Planet-Scale Applications

This paper distills lessons from Bitcoin ASIC Clouds and applies them to other large scale workloads, showing superior TCO (total cost of ownership) versus CPU...

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Technical Perspective: A Perspective on Pivot Tracing

Instead of handing trace records off to a collector for long-term storage and future processing, the system described in "Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring...

Pivot Tracing
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Pivot Tracing: Dynamic Causal Monitoring for Distributed Systems

This paper presents Pivot Tracing, a monitoring framework for distributed systems, which addresses the limitations of today's monitoring and diagnosis tools by...

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Technical Perspective: Is There a Geek Gene?

"Evidence that Computer Science Grades Are Not Bimodal" uses empirical methods to determine if belief in innate differences may explain why CS teachers see a bimodality...

Evidence That Computer Science Grades Are Not Bimodal
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Evidence That Computer Science Grades Are Not Bimodal

There is a common belief that grades in computer science courses are bimodal. We devised a psychology experiment to understand why CS educators hold this belief...

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Technical Perspective: A Whitebox Solution for Blackbox-Like Behaviors

DeepXplore brings a software testing perspective to deep neural networks and, in doing so, creates the opportunity for enormous amounts of follow-on work in several...

DeepXplore
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DeepXplore: Automated Whitebox Testing of Deep Learning Systems

We design, implement, and evaluate DeepXplore, the first white-box framework for systematically testing real-world deep learning systems.
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