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Zero trust architecture
Green-Ortiz C., Fowler B., Houck D., Hensel H., Lloyd P., McDonald A., Frazier J., Cisco Press, Indianapolis, IN, 2023. 336 pp.  Type: Book (137899734)

“Don’t trust anyone” is common advice in many spy novels and movies. Good advice as well for modern Internet-connected network infrastructures, where there are no longer demarcations between internal-only and external access poin...

Oct 2 2023
Parallel programming: for multicore and cluster systems (3rd ed.)
Rauber T., Rünger G., Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2023. 554 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-031-28923-1)

Parallel programming: for multicore and cluster systems is now in its third English edition (2023). The original German text had, in turn, its three editions in 2000, 2007, and 2012. The current third English edition includes selected (as o...

Sep 25 2023
A new history of modern computing
Haigh T., Ceruzzi P., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2021. 544 pp.  Type: Book (978-2-625429-00-8), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Whether this book achieves biblical status as a paradigm of the history of modern computing rests with the reader. However, I can say with confidence that if you are a computing historian, a graduate student with a dissertation to complete, or an ...

Sep 18 2023
The NICE cyber security framework: cyber security intelligence and analytics (2nd ed.)
Alsmadi I., Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2023. 396 pp.  Type: Book (9783031216503)

Demand for skilled workers in the field of cybersecurity is currently strong and expected to remain so for the next few years. At the same time, many countries are experiencing skill shortages in this area. This book describes the National Initiat...

Sep 11 2023
Towards a validated self-efficacy scale for data management
Wu W.  SIGCSE 2023 Toronto, Canada, Mar 15-18, 2023) 186-192, 2023.  Type: Proceedings

I found this paper to be a challenging read as it required me to learn some new concepts. I still don’t have a full understanding of the topic, but I appreciate the author’s goals and approach. If I’d been reviewing a draft of th...

Sep 4 2023
Genius: theory, history and technique
Manzocco R., Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 2023. 182 pp.  Type: Book (9783031270918)

Most of us stand in awe of the great intellectual giants who exemplified, or even created, the character of the eras in which they lived. Newton, Einstein, Euler, J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Botticelli, Picasso, and Shakespeare are just a few of these ...

Aug 28 2023
Vitruvius+: an area-efficient RISC-V decoupled vector coprocessor for high performance computing applications
Minervini F., Palomar O., Unsal O., Reggiani E., Quiroga J., Marimon J., Rojas C., Figueras R. ACM Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization 20(2): 1-25, 2023.  Type: Article

Vector processors had their heyday in the 1980s, before classical supercomputers were mostly replaced by multiprocessors. Today, however, vector processors are experiencing a renaissance: their efficient exploitation of data-level parallelism has ...

Aug 21 2023
The AI revolution in medicine: GPT-4 and beyond
Lee P. (ed), Goldberg C., Kohane I., Pearson, Hoboken, NJ, 2023. 304 pp.  Type: Book (978-0138200138)

The AI revolution in medicine: GPT-4 and beyond explores the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. Written by professors Peter Lee, Carey Goldberg, and Isaac Kohane, it offers a balanced view of AI’s role, focusing ...

Aug 14 2023
The tools being used to introduce youth to data science
Moon P., Israel-Fishelson R., Tabak R., Weintrop D.  IDC 2023 Chicago, IL, Jun 19-23, 2023) 150-159, 2023.  Type: Proceedings

I’m an “accidental” database admin/data analyst (learning on the job rather than via formal education) with over 20 years of experience. Because of this informal training, I have spent a lot of time mentoring new data analysts an...

Aug 7 2023
(Re)use of research results (is rampant)
Baldassarre M., Ernst N., Hermann B., Menzies T., Yedida R. Communications of the ACM 66(2): 75-81, 2023.  Type: Article

The point of this article is that scholars often make research contributions that do not fit neatly into the category of peer-reviewed journal papers, and that impacts the advance of knowledge negatively. First, the products of research simply do ...

Jul 31 2023
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