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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: Why 'Correct' Computers Can Leak Your Information

"Spectre Attacks: Exploiting Speculative Execution," by Paul Kocher, et al., reviews how speculative execution and caches can be exploited, presents specific exploits...

Spectre Attacks
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Spectre Attacks: Exploiting Speculative Execution

This paper describes practical attacks that combine methodology from side-channel attacks, fault attacks, and return-oriented programming that can read arbitrary...

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Technical Perspective: Fake 'Likes' and Targeting Collusion Networks

"Measuring and Mitigating OAuth Access Token Abuse by Collusion Networks," by Shehroze Farooqi et al., explores a social-networking reputation manipulation ecosystem...

Measuring and Mitigating OAuth Access Token Abuse by Collusion Networks
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Measuring and Mitigating OAuth Access Token Abuse by Collusion Networks

We carried out a comprehensive measurement study to understand how collusion networks exploited popular third-party Facebook applications with weak security settings...

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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: Lighting the Way to Visual Privacy

"Automating Visual Privacy Protection Using a Smart LED," presents a new technique to address the issue of cameras capturing proprietary or private information—it...

Automating Visual Privacy Protection Using a Smart LED
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Automating Visual Privacy Protection Using a Smart LED

We introduce LiShield, which automatically protects a physical scene against photographing, by illuminating it with smart LEDs flickering in specialized waveforms...

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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: 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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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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Technical Perspective: Back to the Edge

"Heterogeneous Von Neumann/Dataflow Microprocessors" describes an innovative approach to exploit both CDFG and EDGE computation models.

Heterogeneous Von Neumann/Dataflow Microprocessors
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Heterogeneous Von Neumann/Dataflow Microprocessors

This work studies the potential of a paradigm of heterogeneous execution models by developing a specialization engine for explicit-dataflow (SEED) and integrating...

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Technical Perspective: How Economic Theories Can Help Computers Beat the Heat

The authors of "Distributed Strategies for Computational Sprints" bring the rich theory of allocating scarce resources to the challenge of managing computational...

Distributed Strategies for Computational Sprints
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Distributed Strategies for Computational Sprints

We describe a computational sprinting architecture in which many, independent chip multiprocessors share a power supply and sprints are constrained by the chips'...
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