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Technical Perspective: Progress in Spatial Computing for Flood Prediction

There are few algorithms for multi-flow graphs beyond flow accumulation. The authors of "Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains" take a big step to fill this knowledge...

Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains
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Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains

In this paper, we study a number of flood-risk related problems, give an overview of efficient algorithms for them, as well as explore the efficacy and efficiency...

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Technical Perspective: Computing the Value of Location Data

"Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information," by Heba Aly et al., describes a technique for computing the monetary value of a person's location data for a potential...

Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information
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Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information

We investigate the intrinsic value of location data in the context of strong privacy, where location information is only available from end users via purchase. ...

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Technical Perspective: Supporting Linear Algebra Operations in SQL

Do we need a completely new database system to support machine learning?

Scalable Linear Algebra on a Relational Database System
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Scalable Linear Algebra on a Relational Database System

We show that by making just a few changes to a parallel/distributed relational database system, such a system can become a competitive platform for scalable linear...

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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: Algorithm Selection as a Learning Problem

"Data-Driven Algorithm Design," by Rishi Gupta and Tim Roughgarden, addresses the issue that the best algorithm to use for many problems depends on what the input...

Data-Driven Algorithm Design
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Data-Driven Algorithm Design

We model the problem of identifying a good algorithm from data as a statistical learning problem.

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Technical Perspective: An Answer to Fair Division's Most Enigmatic Question

The envy-free cake-cutting problem stood its ground for two decades, until it was cracked by Aziz and Mackenzie. Their solution is presented in "A Bounded and Envy...

A Bounded and Envy-Free Cake Cutting Algorithm
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A Bounded and Envy-Free Cake Cutting Algorithm

We report on our algorithm that resolved the well-studied cake cutting problem in which the goal is to find an envy-free allocation of a divisible resource based...

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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: Bootstrapping a Future of Open Source, Specialized Hardware

OpenPiton research is one of the watershed moments in the fundamental shift toward the construction of an open source ecosystem for implementing prototype chips...

OpenPiton
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OpenPiton: An Open Source Hardware Platform For Your Research

We present OpenPiton, an open source framework for building scalable architecture research prototypes from one core to 500 million cores.

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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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Technical Perspective: The Scalability of CertiKOS

The authors of "Building Certified Concurrent OS Kernels" illustrate that formal verification can scale up to a moderate-size program (6,500 lines of C) that has...

Building Certified Concurrent OS Kernels
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Building Certified Concurrent OS Kernels

In this work, we present CertiKOS, a novel compositional framework for building verified concurrent OS kernels.
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