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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: A Gloomy Look at the Integrity of Hardware

"Exploiting the Analog Properties of Digital Circuits for Malicious Hardware," by Kaiyuan Yang, et al., assumes semiconductor foundries (and others in chip fabrication)...

Exploiting the Analog Properties of Digital Circuits for Malicious Hardware
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Exploiting the Analog Properties of Digital Circuits for Malicious Hardware

We show how a fabrication-time attacker can leverage analog circuits to create a hardware attack that is small and stealthy.

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Technical Perspective: The State (and Security) of the Bitcoin Economy

"A Fistful of Bitcoins" examines, in the context of Bitcoin, what we could learn by studying the patterns encoded in a complete record of every single financial...

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Technical Perspective: Fairness and the Coin Flip

"Secure Multiparty Computations on Bitcoin" introduces an exciting new idea for how to provide fairness: leverage Bitcoin’s existing infrastructure for distributed...

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Technical Perspective: STACKing Up Undefined Behaviors

In "A Differential Approach to Undefined Behavior Detection," Wang et al. hypothesize that any time a compiler is able to delete code by using reasoning based on...

A Differential Approach to Undefined Behavior Detection
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A Differential Approach to Undefined Behavior Detection

This paper studies undefined behavior arising in systems programming languages such as C/C++. We introduce a new static checker called STACK that precisely identifies...

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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...

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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: Big Data Needs Approximate Computing

"Neural Acceleration for General-Purpose Approximate Programs" demonstrates the significant advantages in cost, power, and latency through approximate computing...

Neural Acceleration for General-Purpose Approximate Programs
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Neural Acceleration for General-Purpose Approximate Programs

This paper describes a new approach that uses machine learning-based transformations to accelerate approximation-tolerant programs.

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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: Centip3De Demonstrates More than Moore...

Exponentially increasing transistor integration also demands more interconnections, which have started hitting fundamental limits. The Centip3De design demonstrates...

Centip3De
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Centip3De: A Many-Core Prototype Exploring 3D Integration and Near-Threshold Computing

This paper evaluates the use of three-dimensional integration to reduce global interconnect by adding multiple layers of silicon with vertical connections between...

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Technical Perspective: Video Quality Assessment in the Age of Internet Video

With video delivery, it appears that once again "the Internet changes everything." In this changed environment, what measures of quality are most relevant, and...
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