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Technical Perspective: Analyzing Smart Contracts with MadMax

"MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts," by Neville Grech et al., effectively discovers a new smart contract vulnerability, and proposes a detection...

MadMax
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MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart Contracts

We identify gas-focused vulnerabilities and present MadMax: a static program analysis technique that automatically detects gas-focused vulnerabilities with very...

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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: 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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Technical Perspective: Borrowing Big Code to Automate Programming Activities

"Predicting Program Properties from 'Big Code'" presents new techniques for leveraging big code to automate two programming activities: selecting understandable...

Predicting Program Properties from 'Big Code'
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Predicting Program Properties from 'Big Code'

We present a new approach for predicting program properties from large codebases (aka "Big Code").

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Technical Perspective: To Do or Not To Do: Extending SQL with Integer Linear Programming?

"Scalable Computation of High-Order Optimization Queries," by Brucato et al., makes a case for marrying the well-established paradigms of constrained optimization...

Scalable Computation of High-Order Optimization Queries
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Scalable Computation of High-Order Optimization Queries

We present a complete system that supports package queries, a new query model that extends traditional database queries to handle complex constraints and preferences...

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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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