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Technical Perspective: WebAssembly: A Quiet Revolution of the Web

"Bringing the Web Up to Speed with WebAssembly," by Rossberg et al., gives an overview of the initial design of WebAssembly, a new low-level programming language...

Bringing the Web Up to Speed with WebAssembly
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Bringing the Web Up to Speed with WebAssembly

WebAssembly is the first mainstream language designed from the start with a formal semantics. It not only demonstrates the feasibility of applying formal techniques...

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Technical Perspective: Node Replication Divides to Conquer

In "How to Implement Any Concurrent Data Structure," Calciu et al. show that a concurrent data structure can be built automatically and that its performance is...

How to Implement Any Concurrent Data Structure
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How to Implement Any Concurrent Data Structure

We propose a method called Node Replication (NR) to implement any concurrent data structure.

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Technical Perspective: Making Sleep Tracking More User Friendly

"LIBS: A Bioelectrical Sensing System from Human Ears for Staging Whole-Night Sleep Study" provides a nice balance in terms of minimizing the burden on users and...

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LIBS: A Bioelectrical Sensing System from Human Ears for Staging Whole-Night Sleep Study

We explore a new form of wearable systems, called LIBS, that can continuously record biosignals such as brain wave, eye movements, and facial muscle contractions...

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Technical Perspective: The Future of MPI

"Enabling Highly Scalable Remote Memory Access Programming with MPI-3 One Sided" convincingly shows that the potential of MPI one-sided communication can be realized...

Enabling Highly Scalable Remote Memory Access Programming with MPI-3 One Sided
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Enabling Highly Scalable Remote Memory Access Programming with MPI-3 One Sided

In this work, we design and develop bufferless protocols that demonstrate how to implement the MPI-3 RMA interface and support scaling to millions of cores.

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Technical Perspective: A Control Theorist's View on Reactive Control for Autonomous Drones

"Fundamental Concepts of Reactive Control for Autonomous Drones" introduces the notion of "reactive control" in which an autopilot's control logic is run only intermittently...

Fundamental Concepts of Reactive Control for Autonomous Drones
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Fundamental Concepts of Reactive Control for Autonomous Drones

We conceive a notion of reactive control that allows drones to execute the low-level control logic only upon recognizing the need to, based on the influence of...

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Technical Perspective: Is Your WiFi a Sensor?

"Emotion Recognition Using Wireless Signals" shows that not only can the heartrate be counted with accuracy comparable to ECG devices, but the variabilities of...

Emotion Recognition Using Wireless Signals
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Emotion Recognition Using Wireless Signals

This paper demonstrates a new technology that can infer a person's emotions from RF signals reflected off his body.

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Technical Perspective: Graphs, Betweenness Centrality, and the GPU

"Accelerating GPU Betweenness Centrality" by McLaughlin and Bader ably addresses the challenges to authors of efficient graph implementations in the important context...

Accelerating GPU Betweenness Centrality
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Accelerating GPU Betweenness Centrality

We present a hybrid GPU implementation that provides good performance on graphs of arbitrary structure rather than just scale-free graphs as was done previously...

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Technical Perspective: The Rewards of Selfish Mining

"Majority Is Not Enough: Bitcoin Mining Is Vulnerable," by Eyal and Sirer, questions the 2009 Bitcoin white paper's implicit assumption of perfect information—that...

Majority Is Not Enough
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Majority Is Not Enough: Bitcoin Mining Is Vulnerable

We propose a practical modification to the Bitcoin protocol that protects Bitcoin in the general case.

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Technical Perspective: Measuring Optimization Potential with Coz

In "Coz: Finding Code that Counts with Causal Profiling," Curtsinger and Berger describe causal profiling, which tell programmers exactly how much speed-up bang...

Coz
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Coz: Finding Code that Counts with Causal Profiling

This paper introduces causal profiling. Unlike past profiling approaches, causal profiling indicates exactly where programmers should focus their optimization efforts...

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Technical Perspective: Breaking the Mold of Machine Learning

"Never-Ending Learning" is the latest and one of the most compelling incarnations of Tom Mitchell and his collaborators' research investigating how to broaden the...

Never-Ending Learning
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Never-Ending Learning

In this paper we define more precisely the never-ending learning paradigm for machine learning, and present one case study: the Never-Ending Language Learner (NELL)...
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