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Technical Perspective: SkyCore's Architecture Takes It to the 'Edge'

"SkyCore," by Mehrdad Moradi, et al., addresses an exciting use case for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in which UAVs can act as mobile base stations for the cellular...

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SkyCore: Moving Core to the Edge for Untethered and Reliable UAV-Based LTE Networks

We argue for and propose an alternate, radical edge evolved packet core design, called SkyCore, that pushes the EPC functionality to the extreme edge of the core...

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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: The Future of Large-Scale Embedded Sensing

The system described in "SATURN: An Introduction to the Internet of Materials" works passively, energized essentially by static electricity generated as layers...

SATURN
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SATURN: An Introduction to the Internet of Materials

We propose an Internet of Materials, where the very materials of objects and surfaces are augmented or manufactured to have computational capabilities.

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Technical Perspective: XNOR-Networks – Powerful but Tricky

How to produce a convolutional neural net that is small enough to run on a mobile device, and accurate enough to be worth using? The strategies in "Enabling AI...

Enabling AI at the Edge with XNOR-Networks
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Enabling AI at the Edge with XNOR-Networks

We present a novel approach to running state-of-the-art AI algorithms in edge devices, and propose two efficient approximations to standard convolutional neural...

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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: 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: From Virtual Worlds to Digital Fabrication

The authors of "OpenFab" propose to revisit the processing pipeline that turns a 3D model into machine instructions in light of the solutions developed in computer...

OpenFab
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OpenFab: A Programmable Pipeline for Multimaterial Fabrication

We present OpenFab, a programmable pipeline for synthesis of multimaterial 3D printed objects that is inspired by RenderMan and modern GPU pipelines.

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Technical Perspective: Do You Know Why Your Web Pages Load Faster?

"Taking a Long Look at QUIC," by Arash Molavi Kakhki et al., is a bold attempt to unearth the reasons why QUIC works better than TCP.

Taking a Long Look at QUIC
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Taking a Long Look at QUIC: An Approach for Rigorous Evaluation of Rapidly Evolving Transport Protocols

There is a need for alternative techniques for understanding and evaluating QUIC when compared with previous transport-layer protocols.
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