DEPARTMENT: Editor's letter
It's been four months since we launched the "new CACM." By now, I hope it is quite clear to our readers that the revamped flagship publication of ACM has undergone a rather dramatic transformation in both appearance and content …
DEPARTMENT: Publisher's corner
Much has already been written about the expanded editorial scope of the new Communications. For most of these changes we have Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi and his distinguished Editorial Board to thank.
DEPARTMENT: Letters to the editor
Stephen J. Andriole and Eric Roberts debated how to educate the next generation of technology professionals in the Viewpoint Point/Counterpoint "Technology Curriculum for the Early 21st Century" (July 2008). Here, they offer …
DEPARTMENT: Cacm online
The redesigned Communications Web site, slated to launch in January, will post material from this magazine, as well as from other ACM publications, including Computers in Entertainment (cie.acm.org).
Are you ready for a personal energy meter?
While the Semantic Web may be a long time coming, Deep Web search strategies offer the promise of a semantic Web.
With end-to-end auditable voting, a voter can verify whether his or her vote was tallied correctly and whether all of the votes were properly tabulated.
Admired and respected by his students and colleagues, Randy Pausch will be remembered as a devoted teacher and innovative researcher.
Tracing the course of influential computing developments and considering possible paths to new paradigms.
Considering the responsibilities of those who build systems fundamental to significant social functions, institutions, and values.
Diagnosing the symptoms of failing to accommodate critical software architecture properties that often result in the demise of projects.
Debating the public policy issues involved in proposed efforts toward improving voting systems while considering the range of technical and societal challenges.
Is it getting any easier to understand other people's code?
How do we apply the concept of resource orientation by designing representations to support interactions?
As the line between GPUs and CPUs begins to blur, it's important to understand what makes GPUs tick.
SECTION: Contributed articles
Knowing the structure of criminal and terrorist networks could provide the technical insight needed to disrupt their activities.
What should be done to reverse falling CS enrollment in the Canadian education system?
SECTION: Review articles
Natural computing builds a bridge between computer science and natural sciences.
SECTION: Research highlights
This paper wil strike a familiar chord with anyone who has ever taken a picture. The problem is easy to understand— replacing unwanted parts of a photograph.
What can you do with a million images? In this paper, we present a new image completion algorithm powered by a huge database of photographs gathered from the Web.
Arora, Rao, and Vazirani discuss the most important developments in approximation algorithms over the last two decades.
"Graph partitioning" refers to a family of computational problems in which the vertices of a graph have to be partitioned into two (or more) large pieces while minimizing the number …
COLUMN: Last byte
Daphne Koller discusses probabilistic relational modeling, artificial intelligence, and her new work with biologists.
SECTION: Virtual extension
Much has been written in the last few years about the success, or usually, failure of enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects. Many guidelines for success have been given including …
The current environment of information technology can be a complex place for analysts and firms to navigate, especially when making decisions about new product development, technology …
In today's turbulent business environment, an organization's ability to sustain its growth and competitive edge depends on how well it manages its stock of knowledge. Recognizing that knowledge is paramount to the success of …
Today, it is widely believed that the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will enable substantive supply chain transformations. RFID can help reduce counterfeiting, theft, and the bullwhip effect; it can improve …
Scholars in marketing and consumer behavior have identified several factors that influence consumer switching in general. However, examining switching behavior between technology …
The concept of ecosystem is about to be brought into the digital age where, instead of plants and animals, the digital species who roam the landscape include software components …
Nothing captures Japanese offshoring practices better than the old Japanese proverb "Tap the stone bridge before crossing." As global IT offshoring continues to grow at an astounding pace, the seemingly impenetrable Japaneseappear …
Over the past 15 years, companies have spent billions of dollars on data marts and warehouses. Despite this experience, there is an important design decision that still causes heated …