ACM MemberNet - April 28, 2016

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April 28, 2016


ACM Recognizes Major Technical Contributions that Have Advanced the Computing Field

ACM has recognized four researchers who made advances in the areas of software systems, cryptography, network coding systems, and human-computer interaction.

Richard Stallman, founder and President of the Free Software Foundation, has been named the recipient of the 2015 ACM Software System Award for development and leadership of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), which has enabled extensive software and hardware innovation, and has been a lynchpin of the free software movement.

Brent Waters of the University of Texas at Austin has been named the recipient of the 2015 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for the introduction and development of the concepts of attribute-based and functional encryption. His innovations enhance security efforts at a time when greater volumes of highly confidential data are moving to the cloud.

Michael Luby of Qualcomm Technologies will receive ACM's 2015 Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for groundbreaking contributions to erasure correcting codes, which are essential for improving the quality of video transmission over a variety of networks, including mobile, broadcast and satellite channels.

And Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research will receive the 2015 ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award for groundbreaking contributions in artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction, encompassing both theoretical innovations and important practical applications. He is best known for his pioneering research in developing principles and models of computational intelligence and action.

The 2015 recipients will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 11 in San Francisco. Read more.

ACM-W Names Jennifer Rexford 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer

ACM-W has named Jennifer Rexford of Princeton University as the 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer. Rexford was cited for innovations that improved the efficiency of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in routing Internet traffic, for laying the groundwork for software-defined networks (SDNs) and for contributions in measuring and engineering IP networks. These contributions greatly enhanced the stability and flow of Internet transmissions, and make data networks easier to design, understand and manage.

Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University. An ACM Fellow, she received the 2004 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award.

The Athena Lecturer award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science. It includes a $25,000 honorarium provided by Google Inc. The Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event. Rexford will be formally recognized at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet, June 11, in San Francisco. Read more.

ACM 2016 General Election Candidate Slate

ACM has assembled its slate of candidates for President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer (for the 2016 to 2018 term), and Members at Large (2016 to 2020). Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates will appear in the May 2016 issue of Communications of the ACM. Visit the ACM Elections page for more information and to view the slate. On April 14, all ACM Professional Members (as of March 15) were sent voting information via an email message or postal mail from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election. If you have not received an email and have an email address on file with ACM, please contact [email protected]. Members for whom ACM does not have email addresses will receive voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by May 24 at 16:00 UTC.

SIG 2016 Elections Candidate Slate

On April 22, members of the following SIGs (as of April 1) were sent voting information from Election Services Corporation (ESC), a third party that is conducting the election: SIGAI, SIGCSE, SIGDOC, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGLOG, and SIGSIM. If you have not received email from ESC, please contact [email protected]. If ACM does not have an email address on file, members will receive the voting information via postal mail. Ballots are due by May 31 at 16:00 UTC. You can view the candidate slate here.


Award Nomination Deadlines: George Michael Memorial Fellowship and ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The ACM–IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high-performance computing applications, networking, storage, or large-scale data analysis using the most powerful computers that are currently available. The awards are presented each November at the annual SC Conference. Each fellowship is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 plus travel expenses to attend SC. Nominations are due May 1.

The ACM–IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award was established in memory of Ken Kennedy, the founder of Rice University's nationally ranked computer science program and one of the world's foremost experts on high-performance computing. It recognizes outstanding contributions to programmability or productivity in high-performance computing, together with significant community service or mentoring contributions. The award is presented annually at a conference of the awardee's choice and is accompanied by a prize of $5,000. Nominations are due July 1.


Call for ACM Senior and Distinguished Member Nominations

The Senior Member advanced grade of membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated performance and accomplishment that set them apart from their peers. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is June 3. Please read Advice to Those Seeking ACM Senior Members by former Senior Member Committee Chair Susan Rodger on how to submit a strong nomination package.

The Distinguished Member designation recognizes ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous ACM Professional membership who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1. Please read Advice to Members Seeking ACM Distinction, by past Committee Co-chairs Marc Snir and Telle Whitney.


CHI 2016, May 7 to 12, San Jose, California

The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the place to see, discuss and learn about the future of how people interact with technology. Papers, courses, panels, case studies, and plenary sessions will explore design, social media, gaming, smart homes, wearable technologies, and more. As in previous CHIs, alt.chi will be a forum for controversial, risk-taking, and boundary pushing presentations. At CHI4Ggood, up to 400 CHI attendees will have the chance to participate in volunteer work with many diverse local organizations. Plenary speakers will include Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, and Dayo Olopade, journalist and author of The Bright Continent.

ICSE 2016, May 14 to 22, Austin, Texas

The 38th International Conference on Software Engineering will convene the top minds in software engineering research and practice for inspirational talks, demos and conversation. Scheduled keynote talks by Carnegie Mellon University professor Mary Shaw, IDG IT World (Canada) writer/blogger Stephen Ibaraki, Microsoft engineering director Wolfram Schulte, and University of British Columbia professor Gail Murphy will explore the future of this ever-expanding field.

Applicative 2016, June 1 to 2, New York, NY

The ACM Applicative conference brings together researchers and practitioners to share the latest technologies and trends in computing. The conference is split into two tracks: one for application developers and one for systems software developers. The application development track has speakers from leading technology companies talking about how they are applying new technologies to the products they deliver. Scheduled speakers include Adam Arsenault and Yasha Podeswa of Hootsuite; Brad Green and Sameer Ajmani of Google; Chris Meiklejohn of Université Catholique De Louvain; Lucas Krause of Magenic; Stepan Parunashvili of Facebook; Leah Hanson of Stripe; and Steve Klabnik of Mozilla. The systems track will explore topics that enable systems-level practitioners to build better software for the modern world. Scheduled speakers include Andi Kleen of Intel; Brendan Gregg and Scott Long of Netflix; Mark Callaghan and Dave Watson of Facebook; Davidlohr Bueso of SuSE; Mohamed Zahran of New York University; Paul Khuong of AppNexus; Michael Freedman of Princeton University; and Paul McKenney of IBM. Topics will include microservices, managing large-scale mobile applications, the history of the Rust programming language, futex scaling for multicore systems, and much more.

DAC 2016, June 5 to 9, Austin, Texas

As the premier conference for the design and automation of electronic systems, the Design Automation Conference offers workshops on many aspects of design, including cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, and image recognition. Keynotes will be delivered by Lars Reger of NXP Semiconductors; Sameer Halepete of NVIDIA; Mark Papermaster of Advanced Micro Devices; and Peter Stone of the University of Texas at Austin. Other invited speakers are Rikky Muller of the University of California, Berkeley and Cortera Neurotechnologies; Lou Scheffer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Krste Asanovic of the University of California, Berkeley and SiFive, Inc.; Bryan Payne of Netflix; and Kenneth Shepard of Columbia University.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016, December 5 to 8, Macao

The 9th ACM SIGGRAPH Asia conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques is the premier platform for the advancement of graphics, animation, art, and technology in Asia. Visit the call for submissions page for information on submitting your work.


Computer Science Education Coalition Urges Congress to Fund K-12 Computer Science Education

As a partner in the Computer Science Education Coalition, ACM has joined more than 90 organizations in calling on the US Congress to fund K-12 computer science education. The Coalition is asking for funding to provide every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer science. While many states have been proactive in their efforts to boost computer science education in K-12 classrooms, the letter calls for a federal investment in computer science to ensure America remains globally competitive, secure, and prosperous in the future. The letter was organized by the Computer Science Education Coalition in partnership with Read the full letter here.


Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!

The Ambassadors for ACM program rewards ACM members like you for encouraging new members to join. Your first-hand experience with ACM's valuable career development and continuous learning programs makes you a perfect envoy to share your ACM experiences with prospective members. The 2015–2016 Ambassadors for ACM program offers opportunities for you to earn new prizes, rewards and bonus gifts with each referral.

Submit the ACM Referral Form, and your referrals can join ACM at a special discount rate. Our members are our greatest asset. Your support of ACM is critical to our continuing efforts to advance computing as a science and a profession. Please consider becoming an Ambassador for ACM.

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Watch May 16 Webcast with Samy Al Bahra: "A Pragmatic Introduction to Multicore Synchronization"

Register to watch the next free ACM webinar, A Pragmatic Introduction to Multicore Synchronization, to be presented on Monday, May 16 at 12 pm ET by Samy Al Bahra, CTO of Backtrace I/O, member of the ACM Practitioners Board, and Co-Organizer of the 2016 Applicative Conference.

ACM Learning Webinars are free with registration, available for streaming on all major mobile devices, and are recorded for on-demand viewing.

New Safari Books and Videos

Check out the latest book and video titles from Safari Books Online, recently added to the ACM Learning Center eBook collection. You'll find new and updated coverage of topics such as Android Programming, AngularJS, Apache Spark, Big Data, CISSP, Docker, Data Science, Functional Programming, Go, Hadoop, Haskell, iOS 9 and Swift, Linux, Microservices, Python, R Programming, and Spring.

See the Learning Center's full collection of eBooks.

New Skillsoft Books and Videos

New books covering the latest IT skills and technologies are always being added to the ACM Skillsoft Learning Collections. Check out new book titles added this month, covering Agile by Design, AutoCAD 2016 3D Modeling, The Car Hacker's Handbook, Common Lisp Recipes, Oracle FDMEE, Expert F# 4.0, Full Stack JavaScript, iOS Application Security, Object-Oriented Programming with Smalltalk, and more.

Recently, Skillsoft added significant video content in knowledge areas including Apache; AWS; Hadoop; Microsoft Excel, Office, and Project 2016; Oracle Database 12c; PHP Applications with the Zend Framework; Adobe Typekit; VMware Certified Cloud Professional; and more.

See the Skillsoft Learning Collections page for more information on books and videos. A more comprehensive list of recently added book titles is available here (see sidebar).

Member Discount on EMC Courseware

ACM has partnered with EMC to bring members a 15% discount on practical training in some of today's most vital IT knowledge areas, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Storage and Management, Virtualization, and more. These EMC courses focus on technology, not products, to teach technology topics applicable to any vendor environment. Training is available in various modalities, including eLearning, instructor-led (ILT), online ILT, video ILT, and video ILT-stream. For the list of eligible courses and the discount code, visit the EMC courses page.


ACM's Career & Job Center and CSTA Job Board Offer Indispensable Job Search Tools

Be sure to visit ACM's Career & Job Center to update your résumé or create a new one in the Résumé Bank, so that employers can find you. ACM members' résumés include an ACM logo on their entry, highlighting their ACM membership to employers. You can also upgrade to a Preferred Résumé to keep it at the top of the Résumé Bank, highlighted with a star next to it for increased visibility ($25 for 90 days). Log in to ACM's Job Board and post your résumé today.

Computer Science Teachers Association members: Be sure to visit the CSTA Job Board to create and upload your résumé to the Résumé Bank so that employers find you. Log in and post your résumé today!

ACM and CSTA members: Set up job alerts specifying your skills, interests, and location to receive email notifications when a job is posted that matches your criteria. For more information about the ACM Career & Job Center or CSTA Job Board, please contact Jennifer Ruzicka.


Call for Participation in Developing New Framework to Define K-12 Computer Science Education

ACM, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and are joining forces with more than 100 advisors within the computing community to develop a framework that will identify key K-12 computer science concepts and practices educators should expect students exiting grades 2, 5, 8, and 12 to know. Educators are invited to participate. The initial review period is closed, but there will be a final review period in late May. Visit the K-12 CS framework site for more information.

2015-2016 ACM NDC Study Call for Participation

The 2015-16 ACM NDC Study of non-Ph.D. granting four-year institutions is now open. Now in its fourth year, NDC reaches more than 1,000 US academic units and produces timely data on enrollment, degree production, student body composition, and faculty salaries/demographics that can impact your institution/program(s) and its administration. If your unit has a program in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Information Technology, and/or Software Engineering but has not received an invitation to participate, please email Yan Timanovsky.


Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadliness

ACM Student Research Competitions (SRCs), sponsored by Microsoft Research, offer a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The most recent SRC winners presented at SAC 2016.

The next conferences accepting submissions are:

Learn about more competitions on the SRC submissions page.

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the computer science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The student does not have to present a paper at the conference she attends. Students can apply an unlimited number of times; however, once a student receives an award, she is no longer eligible for future ACM-W scholarships.

The ACM-W scholarships are divided between scholarships of up to $600 for intra-continental conference travel, and scholarships of up to $1200 for intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, in order to distribute awards across a range of conferences.

ACM-W encourages the student's home department to match the scholarship award and recognize the student's achievement locally within their department. In addition, if the award is for attendance at one of several ACM Special Interest Group conferences (SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT), the SIG will provide complimentary conference registration and a mentor during the conference. The number of free registrations available varies from SIG to SIG. The 2015-2016 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google, Microsoft Research, and Oracle.

For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.

Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate

ACM offers a special ACM Professional Membership for $49 USD (regularly $99) to help graduating students make the transition to professional careers, and take advantage of continuous learning opportunities, including free online books and courses and access to ACM's Career & Job Center. This one-year-only transition rate includes all the benefits of Professional Membership plus the option of purchasing a Digital Library subscription for $50. Recent graduates can access this special transition offer through ACM's convenient online renewal form, or by following the instructions on the paper renewal form. For more information, visit the Reasons to Transition to Professional Membership page.


The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.

This month's featured speaker is Richard Stallman. Stallman launched the Free Software Movement in 1983 and began development of the GNU operating system in 1984. GNU is free as in freedom (libre): everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.

Stallman has received the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award and Software System Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, and the Premio Extremadura al Conocimiento Libre, as well as several doctorates honoris causa. He has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Available lectures include A Free Digital Society: What Makes Digital Inclusion Good or Bad?; Computing, Freedom and Privacy; Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks; Free Software and Your Freedom; Should We Have More Surveillance than the USSR?; The Danger of Software Patents; and The GNU General Public License.

For more information on Richard Stallman, please visit his DSP speaker information page.
Richard Stallman's Digital Library author page.

ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs

IEEE-CS and ACM are sharing their invited speaker programs, to further the dissemination of technical knowledge of computing fields that greatly benefit both memberships. IEEE-CS chapter volunteers can host a speaker from ACM's Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), with access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry, by following the instructions on the DSP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an IEEE Computer Society Chapter.

IEEE-CS provides a popular offering of first-quality speakers serving its professional and student chapters. The Distinguished Visitors Program (DVP) owes its success to the many volunteers and staff members of the Computer Society who generously contribute their time and talent. Organizers of an ACM chapter, conference, or event can host a speaker from IEEE-CS's DVP by following the instructions on the DVP site. Make sure you identify yourself as an ACM chapter or event.


Welcome New ACM Chapters

Chapters are the "local neighborhoods" of ACM. The regional ACM Professional, Student, ACM-W, and Special Interest Group (SIG) chapters around the globe involve members locally in competitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. ACM welcomes these new chapters that were chartered March 11 to April 14, 2016:

ACM Student Chapters:

  • ADA University ACM Student Chapter, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Amity-Gwalior ACM Student Chapter, Gwalior, India
  • Calvin College ACM-W Student Chapter, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • CUST ACM Student Chapter, Capital University of Science & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • De La Salle-College of St. Benilde ACM Student Chapter, Manila, Philippines
  • Drexel University ACM-W Student Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DYPIET ACM Student Chapter, Dr. D.Y. Patil Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pune, India
  • FISAT ACM Student Chapter, Federal Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam, India
  • Illinois Institute of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter, Chicago
  • Indiana University-Bloomington ACM-W Student Chapter
  • Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Álamo Temapache ACM Student Chapter, Mexico
  • Manipal University ACM Student Chapter, Manipal, India
  • MITM ACM Student Chapter, Medi-Caps Institute of Technology and Management, Indore, India
  • New York City College of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Brooklyn
  • New York City College of Technology ACM-W Student Chapter, Brooklyn
  • Saint Peter's University ACM-W Student Chapter, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Santa Clara University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Santa Clara, California
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University DoT ACM Student Chapter, Pune, India
  • Universidad de Cuenca ACM Student Chapter, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • WCE ACM Student Chapter, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli, India
  • Western Michigan University ACM Student Chapter, Kalamazoo
  • ZIBACAR ACM-W Student Chapter, Zeal Institute of Business Administration, Computer Application and Research, Pune, India

ACM Professional Chapters:

  • Cartagena ACM Chapter, Colombia
  • New York Metro ACM Chapter, Farmingdale
  • Windhoek ACM Chapter, Namibia
  • Windhoek ACM-W Chapter, Namibia


Report from Caribbean Celebration of Women in Computing

Report from Caribbean Celebration of Women in Computing
By ACM-W Celebrations Chair Wendy Powley

I had the honor and pleasure of representing ACM-W at the Caribbean Celebration of Women in Computing (CCWiC 2016), which took place in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico April 8 and 9. We enjoyed two great keynote speakers, Lucienne Gigarnte from Animus who gave a talk ("On Choices, Success & Happiness") and Lucy Crespo (who was aptly described as a "rock star" of tech in Puerto Rico) from the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust who provided insights on the current status of women in technology and the state of affairs in Puerto Rico. There were three parallel sessions on Saturday with research talks, a discussion on discrimination in the video game industry, a workshop on developing leadership skills and much more. Attendees enjoyed a viewing of "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap," which outlines the gender gap in computer science and offers theories as to why it exists and ideas as to how we can work toward gender parity. The poster session was well attended, and I found it inspiring to hear about research projects in which many of the undergraduate students are involved. Several indicated that they were continuing with the research on a volunteer basis simply because they enjoyed it. The energy and atmosphere at this conference was amazing, and the dance on Friday night was very fun with plenty of Latin music! Congratulations to Nayda Santiago and her well-organized team for putting together a great conference!

ACM-W Celebrations are local events that showcase female role models, encourage mentoring and networking, supply accurate information about computing careers, and create opportunities for women to present their research, often for the first time in their careers. Many of these events include poster competitions for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research and project work. You can find information on starting new Celebrations and conference planning resources on the ACM-W Celebrations site. Please contact Wendy Powley for any additional assistance.

Join ACM-W's Membership Email List

Did you know that ACM-W offers a general email distribution list for its members? This ACMW-public list is a communication channel for disseminating general information about ACM-W, bulletins and upcoming events. To join the list:

Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.


TISSEC Changing Name to TOPS, Expanding Scope

Starting with Volume 19, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security (TISSEC) will be expanding its charter to include privacy. To reflect this broader coverage, the journal will be changing its name to ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS). Researchers are encouraged to submit their work to TOPS. For the expanded scope and submission information, please visit the TOPS website.

Report from ACM Publications Task Force on Reproducibility

A number of ACM communities have independently evolved their own "artifact" review processes and associated definitions of what it means to be reproducible. These communities have come together in this Task Force to collaborate on a common set of Best Practices which can be implemented in production infrastructure and reflected in publication.

Through these activities and feedback from the broader CS community, the ACM Digital Library will be ideally positioned to serve emerging requirements for sharing software, data and other artifacts, leading to increased scientific accountability and the adoption of improved experimental practices.
Read the report.

ACM Publications Seeking New Editors-in-Chief

ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due May 6.

ACM Transactions on Storage (TOS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due May 31.

ACM interactions is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due June 1.

Computer Systems Organization Category Editor Needed for ACM Computing Reviews

Computing Reviews, the post-publication review and comment journal of ACM, is seeking a volunteer editor interested in serving as category editor for the computer systems organization area. For more information and to apply, please visit the Computing Reviews site.

New ACM Journals Accepting Submissions

The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS) is accepting submissions for special issues on Smart Homes, Internet of Things, and Medical Cyber-Physical Systems.

The new ACM journal ACM Transactions on Social Computing (TSC) is accepting submissions on work that covers the full spectrum of social computing including theoretical, empirical, systems, and design research contributions.

acmqueue Presents: "Why Logical Clocks Are Easy"

In Why Logical Clocks Are Easy, Carlos Baquero and Nuno Preguiça explain how certain events within a distributed system may cause other, unexpected events to occur. Vector clocks and version vectors, the most commonly-used mechanisms for tracking causality, allow designers to see the logic behind this causality, leading to better distributed systems.

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