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Communications of the ACM
ACM Press
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  The science of brute force
Heule M., Kullmann O.  Communications of the ACM 60(8): 70-79, 2017. Type: Article

This paper’s main contribution is a nice introduction of the Boolean satisfiability (SAT) problem to the general public. The basic idea is that the brute force approach of SAT to problem solving, called brute reasoning, is relevant....

Dec 6 2017
  Security in high-performance computing environments
Peisert S.  Communications of the ACM 60(9): 72-80, 2017. Type: Article

Peisert starts with the question of whether there is any difference between high-performance computing and the traditional computational environment in terms of security. Apparently, there are no profound differences, aside from speed and volume, ...

Nov 28 2017
  The debugging mind-set
O’Dell D.  Communications of the ACM 60(6): 40-45, 2017. Type: Article

The author’s views on debugging as a learnable activity are presented in this article. O’Dell reviews literature from computer science (CS) and psychology and reaches the conclusion that debugging is not a black art, but a mental state...

Jul 24 2017
  Combating cancer with data
Shein E.  Communications of the ACM 60(5): 10-12, 2017. Type: Article

This short note describes how data and computing could help find cancer cures. It discusses three projects supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Department of Energy (DOE); each uses machine learning to predict which tumors will...

Jun 23 2017
  A new look at the semantic web
Bernstein A., Hendler J., Noy N.  Communications of the ACM 59(9): 35-37, 2016. Type: Article

The numerous demands for prevalent web advertisements and documents call for new smart information dissemination systems. Emerging and future intelligent web systems ought to reflect the current, new, and evolving products at competing websites. B...

Mar 16 2017
  Software quality
Denning P.  Communications of the ACM 59(9): 23-25, 2016. Type: Article

Unintentional security flaws in the design and implementation of large software linger as an interesting subject of debates. Information technology (IT) professionals ought to be relentlessly participating in the discussions of security issues and...

Dec 8 2016
  AutoMan: a platform for integrating human-based and digital computation
Barowy D., Curtsinger C., Berger E., McGregor A.  Communications of the ACM 59(6): 102-109, 2016. Type: Article

Programming digital computers to perform complicated concurrent tasks usually executed by several human beings is important in business intelligence decisions, but not easy. How should multifaceted or interconnected tasks be automated on computers...

Sep 12 2016
  The risks of self-auditing systems
Mercuri R., Neumann P.  Communications of the ACM 59(6): 22-25, 2016. Type: Article

Impartial risk assessments of systems require independent external audits. Identifying risks posed by automatic self-auditing systems is not easy. How should internal self-auditing computing devices produce compliance data for validation by extern...

Aug 22 2016
  Answering enumeration queries with the crowd
Trushkowsky B., Kraska T., Franklin M., Sarkar P.  Communications of the ACM 59(1): 118-127, 2016. Type: Article

Human crowds are valuable assets for providing additional responses in real time to cognate query results derived solely from relational database management systems (RDBMSs). But how should query results from human crowds, designed to simultaneous...

May 3 2016
  Commonsense reasoning and commonsense knowledge in artificial intelligence
Davis E., Marcus G.  Communications of the ACM 58(9): 92-103, 2015. Type: Article

The famous saying, “Common sense is not so common,” by Voltaire (Dictionnaire philosophique, 1764), depends upon human experiences and individual perceptions. Commonsense reasoning (CR) in artificial intelligence (AI) includes d...

Mar 23 2016
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