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Entering a Parallel Universe
From Communications of the ACM

Entering a Parallel Universe

The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel...

Women in It: Success and Struggle
From ACM TechNews

Women in It: Success and Struggle

Female participation in the information technology (IT) industry is growing and women now account for 15 percent to 25 percent of technical professionals, although...

Grid Computing, the New Commodity
From ACM TechNews

Grid Computing, the New Commodity

The European Union-funded GridEcon project has developed a platform for trading computing resources and buying and selling standardized computing resources. GridEcon's...

The Corporate Lab as Ringmaster
From ACM TechNews

The Corporate Lab as Ringmaster

The advent of the Internet era is shrinking the role of corporate research and development laboratories in the innovation process, according to experts. Michael...

From ACM TechNews

After Boom, Is Wikipedia Heading For Bust?

The explosive growth of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is petering out, while a less welcoming attitude toward new contributors could negatively affect the archive's...

From ACM TechNews

Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

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Research Findings Contradict Myth of High Engineering Dropout Rate

Research indicates that engineering does not have a higher dropout rate than other majors and women's persistence in the discipline is equal to men's, according...

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The Group That Holds the Internet Together

ICANN remains under international pressure to sever ties with the United States government when its current contract expires in September 2009. The pressure comes...

Community-Driven, Open Source Solution For B2b Transactions
From ICT Results

Community-Driven, Open Source Solution For B2b Transactions

A new open source, Web 2.0-inspired solution for building and managing business relationships online promises to level the playing field for small- and medium-sized...

Taking the Hard Work Out of Software
From ICT Results

Taking the Hard Work Out of Software

Software development is a complex and sophisticated process that can take entire teams years to develop a program. Building, testing and releasing software consumes...

Mentornet Provides Success and Service
From ACM TechNews

Mentornet Provides Success and Service

Michigan Technological University's (MTU's) MentorNet program matches students and new educators with mentors in either educational or professional positions to...

A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants
From ACM TechNews

A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants

A consortium that includes the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the SANS Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense aims to cultivate a new generation...

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Tim Berners-Lee Calls For Free Web

At a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Web, its creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said the Internet should not be controlled, censored, or intercepted by...

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Trust But Verify: Security Risks Abound in the It Supply Chain

There are substantial national security issues associated with the use of information technology (IT) products delivered via the global supply chain, including...

U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan
From Communications of the ACM

U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan

'Intent and timing' may help the federal cyberspace initiative work better than previous blueprints.

Learning Through Games
From Communications of the ACM

Learning Through Games

Electronic games can inspire players to explore new ideas and concepts. By gaining a better understanding of the dynamic between player and game, researchers hope...

IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa
From Communications of the ACM

IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa

Technologists discuss government policies affecting broadband, patent reform, privacy — and President Obama's effect on it all.

Just For You
From Communications of the ACM

Just For You

Recommender systems that provide consumers with customized options have redefined e-commerce, and are spreading to other fields.

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants
From ICT Results

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants

A key component of modern factories is the flexible production cell – a workstation staffed by a worker with the training and tools to carry out a variety of operations...

From ACM TechNews

DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...
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