ACM MemberNet - April 25, 2019
Welcome to the April 2019 edition of ACM MemberNet, bringing you the world of ACM and beyond. Explore the many facets of ACM with our newsletter of member activities and events. Read past issues of MemberNet online at https://www.acm.org/membership/acm-membernet-archive.
April 25, 2019
- Shwetak Patel to Receive 2018 ACM Prize in Computing
- Mendel Rosenblum Honored with Inaugural ACM Thacker Breakthrough Award
- ACM Recognizes Outstanding Service to the Field of Computing
- 2019 ACM SIG Elections
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- CHI 2019, May 4 to 9, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
- 50 Years of Complexity Theory, May 6 to 9, Toronto, Canada
- WiSEC 2019, May 15 to 17, Miami, Florida
- ICSE 2019, May 25 to 31, Montreal, Canada
- AI for Good Global Summit 2019, May 28 to 31, Geneva, Switzerland
- ACM-IMS Data Science Summit, June 15, 2019, San Francisco, California
- SIGGRAPH Asia 2019, November 17 to 20, Brisbane, Australia (CFP)
- GROUP 2020, January 6 to 8, Sanibel Island, Florida (CFP)
- Become an Ambassador for ACM—You Could Be a Grand Prize Winner!
- Featured Member Benefit: ACM Group Insurance Plans
- ACM Academic Membership Option
- ACM and SocialCoder Team Up for Positive Impact through Computing
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
- Apply Now for Computational and Data Science Fellowships and George Michael Memorial Fellowships
- Applications for 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on High Performance Computing Deadline Extended to May 1
- Upcoming ACM Student Research Competitions: Submission Deadlines
- ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences
- Graduating Students Eligible for Special Transition Rate
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
- About the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program
- Featured ACM Distinguished Speaker: Cristina Conati
- ACM, IEEE Computer Society Share Distinguished Speakers Programs
- ACM Publications Seeking New Editors-in-Chief
- New ACM Book: Heterogenous Computing: Hardware and Software Perspectives
- New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice, ACM Transactions on Data Science, ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare and Digital Government: Research and Practice Accepting Submissions
- ACM Queue Presents: "Garbage Collection as a Joint Venture"
- Subscribe to Communications of the ACM
ACM has named Shwetak Patel of the University of Washington and Google the recipient of the 2018 ACM Prize in Computing for contributions to creative and practical sensing systems for sustainability and health. Before Patel’s work, most systems for monitoring energy and health required expensive and cumbersome specialized devices, precluding practical widespread adoption. Patel and his students found highly creative ways to leverage existing infrastructure to make affordable and accurate monitoring a practical reality. Patel quickly turned his team’s research contributions into real-world deployments, founding companies to commercialize their work.
Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where he directs the Ubicomp Lab, which develops innovative sensing systems for real-world applications in health, sustainability and novel interactions. He is also a director at Google working on health care.
“Despite the fact that he is only 37, Shwetak Patel has had significant impact on the field of ubiquitous computing for nearly two decades,” said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. “His work has ushered in some really exciting possibilities in the areas of sustainability and health.”
"Infosys is proud to support the ACM Prize in Computing, which this year recognizes Shwetak Patel for his trailblazing work in ubiquitous computing,” said Pravin Rao, COO of Infosys. “Beyond breaking new conceptual ground through research in many areas, Shwetak Patel is especially adept at rapidly bringing his ideas to the public via new products that are accessible and affordable.”
The ACM Prize in Computing recognizes early-to-mid-career contributions that have fundamental impact and broad implications. The award carries a prize of $250,000, from an endowment provided by Infosys Ltd. Patel will formally receive the ACM Prize at ACM’s annual awards banquet on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco.
ACM has named Mendel Rosenblum of Stanford University the recipient of the inaugural ACM Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award. He is being recognized for reinventing the virtual machine for the modern era and thereby revolutionizing datacenters and enabling modern cloud computing.
In the late 1990s, Rosenblum and his students at Stanford University brought virtual machines back to life by using them to solve challenging technical problems in building system software for scalable multiprocessors. In 1998, Rosenblum and colleagues founded VMware. VMware popularized the use of virtual machines as a means of supporting many disparate software environments to share processor resources within a datacenter. This approach ultimately led to the development of modern cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.
Rosenblum is the DRC Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. In 1998, he co-founded VMware, a private company that developed many of the core technologies that underpin cloud computing today.
"Cloud computing, as we know it today, would not be possible without Rosenblum’s reinvention of virtual machines," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake. “His leadership, both through his early research at Stanford and his founding of VMware, has been indispensable to the rise of datacenters and the preeminence of the cloud.”
“We’re excited to see the contributions of Mendel Rosenblum recognized with the inaugural ACM Charles P. Thacker Breakthrough Award,” said Eric Horvitz, Technical Fellow and Director of Microsoft Research. “Rosenblum sought to address a daunting new challenge by reimagining virtualization, an approach that many had bypassed. Virtual machines are essential to the way cloud computing functions, and it is hard to overstate the importance of cloud computing for the computing field as well as for industry more generally.”
The ACM Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made surprising, disruptive, or leapfrog contributions to computing ideas or technologies. Recipients of the award are expected to give the ACM Breakthrough Lecture at a major ACM conference. The award is accompanied by a $100,000 cash prize, with financial support provided by Microsoft. Rosenblum will formally receive the award at ACM’s annual Awards Banquet on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco.
ACM has recognized four individuals with awards for their exemplary service to the computing field. Working in diverse areas, the 2018 award recipients were selected by their peers for longstanding efforts that have significantly shaped the role of computing in society. This year's ACM award recipients made seminal contributions in textbooks and online education, education in the K-12 sphere, the mobile computing community, and technologies to aid the visually impaired. The recipients will be formally honored at the ACM Awards Banquet on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco.
Robert Sedgewick is the recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for developing classic textbooks and online materials for the study of algorithms, analytic combinatorics, and introductory computer science that have educated generations of students worldwide.
Victor Bahl is the recipient of the ACM Distinguished Service Award for significant and lasting service to the broad community of mobile and wireless networking, and for building strong linkages between academia, industry, and government agencies.
Meenakshi Balakrishnan is the recipient of the Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics for research, development, and deployment of cost-effective embedded-system and software solutions addressing mobility and education challenges of the visually impaired in the developing world.
Chris Stephenson is the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award for advancing CS education by architecting and nurturing the Computer Science Teachers Association to incorporate more than 22,000 K-12 CS educators and partners into the ACM community.
The 2019 ACM SIG Elections are being conducted by Election Services Corporation (ESC).
On 2 April 2019, members of the following SIGs (who were in good standing as of 15 March 2019) were sent voting information from ESC: SIGAI, SIGAPP, SIGCSE, SIGLOG, and SIGWEB.
On 15 April 2019, members of the following SIGs (who were in good standing as of 1 April 2019) were sent voting information from ESC: SIGDOC, SIGEVO, SIGHPC, SIGIR, and SIGMETRICS.
On 30 April 2019, members of the following SIGs (who were in good standing as of 15 April 2019) will be sent voting information from ESC: SIGARCH, SIGBED, SIGecom, and SIGOPS.
ACM SIGGRAPH's election is scheduled to commence on 14 June 2019.
If you were a member in good standing of one of the SIGs listed above, and you have not received a voting notification email from Election Services Corporation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. ACM welcomes nominations for candidates whose work exemplifies the best and most influential contributions to our community, and society at large. ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. The nominations deadline for general ACM awards has passed. The remaining award nominations deadlines are: ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial Fellowship (May 1) ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award (June 1), SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering (July 31), and Doctoral Dissertation Award (October 31).
Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to the award nominations page for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.
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. Nominations are accepted on a quarterly basis. The deadline for nominations is June 3.
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.
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
This year's ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction will include workshops on crowdsourcing creativity; HCI and aging; human-centered machine learning; social robots; and more. Keynoting will be Aleks Krotoski, host of The Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast, and of the BBC’s Digital Human series; and Ivan Poupyrev, Director of Engineering in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division.
The Symposium on 50 Years of Complexity Theory: A Celebration of the Work of Stephen Cook will be held at the Fields Institute in Toronto. This symposium celebrates 50 years of NP-completeness and the contributions of ACM A.M. Turing laureate Stephen Cook and his influence on the field of computing. Four other Turing laureates will be attending: Manuel Blum, Shafi Goldwasser, Richard Karp, and Leslie Valiant. Talks will be broadcast live online whenever possible.
The ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks is the leading ACM and SIGSAC conference dedicated to all aspects of security and privacy in Internet of Things, wireless and mobile networks, mobile software platforms, usable security and privacy, biometrics, and cyber-physical systems. Keynotes include René Mayrhofer (Google), Patrick McDaniel (Pennsylvania State University), and Guevara Noubir (Northeastern University).
The 41st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering will feature the latest in research, education, open source projects, testing, analysis, and more. Keynoters are Paul Clements, VP of Customer Success at BigLever Software; Margaret-Anne Storey, Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director of the Matrix Institute for Applied Data Science at the University of Victoria; and Joelle Pineau, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University.
The goals of the AI for Good Global Summit are to connect AI innovators with problem owners, to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to ensure trusted, safe and inclusive development of AI technologies and equitable access to their benefits. The summit is the leading United Nations platform for dialogue on AI. ACM CEO Vicki Hanson is among the international roster of speakers.
ACM and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics are hosting the ACM-IMS Interdisciplinary Summit on the Foundations of Data Science. This full-day event will bring together distinguished speakers and panelists addressing topics such as deep learning, reinforcement learning, fairness, and ethics, in addition to discussions about the future of data science and the role of ACM and IMS. Keynote speakers are ACM award recipients Jeff Dean and Daphne Koller. There will be limited seating, so register early.
The 12th ACM SIGGRAPH Asia Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques invites submissions of technical papers, posters, doctoral symposium papers, courses, animation and more. Visit the submissions page for more information and deadlines.
The ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work is a premier venue for research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Socio-Technical Studies. GROUP 2020 invites submissions to the new Design Fiction track, which is dedicated to sharing academic work that extends beyond the traditional research paper. Submissions are due June 7, 2019.
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Register now for the next free ACM TechTalk, The Exascale Computing Project and the Future of HPC, to be presented on Tuesday, April 30 at 10 AM ET/14:00 GMT by Doug Kothe, Director of the Exascale Computing Project. John West, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, will moderate the Q&A session. Leave your comments and questions with our speaker now and anytime before the live event on the ACM Discourse page. And check out the page after the webcast for extended discussion with your peers in the computing community, as well as further resources on High Performance Computing.
ACM CAREER & JOB CENTER
Connecting with the right employers in computing can be a daunting task. Thankfully, the world's leading companies, colleges and universities come to the ACM Career & Job Center to find the best candidates. By creating an account on the ACM Career and Job Center, you'll gain access to a wide range of tools to help you find the perfect job:
- Finding a Job - Use the job search tools to find a job that matches your search criteria.
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ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships
If you are a graduate student in data science and computational science, you are encouraged to apply for the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships, an international program of graduate fellowships created by SIGHPC, ACM's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing, and Intel. The ACM Fellowships aim to increase diversity in these fields.
To qualify, you must be either currently enrolled in a graduate program or accepted to begin in one no later than October 15 of this year; pursuing a graduate degree (Master's, PhD, or equivalent) in computational or data science; be less than halfway through her/his planned program of study; and a be woman and/or a member of a racial/ethnic group that is currently underrepresented in the computing field in the country where you will earn the degree.
The deadline for applications is April 30. Each fellowship recipient will receive a stipend prior to the start of their first academic term after August 1, and will be recognized formally at the annual SC conference awards presentation in November.
ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships
The ACM-IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships honor 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, where the recipients are recognized at the SC Awards Ceremony. Each fellowship is accompanied by an honorarium of $5,000 plus travel expenses to attend the conference.
Candidates must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program at an accredited college or university and must meet the minimum scholastic requirements at their institution. They are expected to have completed at least one year of study, and have at least one year remaining between the application deadline and their expected graduation.
Nominations are due May 1.
Applications for 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on High Performance Computing Deadline Extended to May 1
Apply now for the 2019 ACM Europe Summer School on HPC Computer Architectures for AI and Dedicated Applications which will take place in Barcelona July 17-24. The School will be hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTECH). The deadline for applications has been extended to May 1.
The School is tailored to young computer science researchers and engineers, and it is open to outstanding MSc students and senior undergraduate students. Accepted participants will spend a full week in Barcelona, attending formal lectures during the mornings and practical exercises in the afternoons. Silvio Micali, ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate and MIT Professor, will give a keynote lecture. Lucilla Sioli, EU Commission Director for Digital Industry and AI, will be present at the school. Natasa Milic-Frayling, University of Nottingham UK, will address collaboration and diversity issues in a special dedicated session. Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schimpf, former chair of the ACM Europe Council Committee of European Chapter Leaders, will present the ACM Being Human with Algorithms initiative and the ACM student chapter activity in Europe.
Lectures will be delivered by:
- Per Stenström, Chalmers University, ACM Fellow
- Jesús Labarta, BSC, UPC, ACM - IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award recipient
- Luca Benini, ETH Zürich, University of Bologna, ACM Fellow and Francesco Conti, ETH Zürich, University of Bologna
- Uri Weiser, ACM - IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award recipient, ACM Fellow
- David Carrera, UPC, BSC, ERC grantee
- Mauro Olivieri, Sapienza University of Rome
The online application form is available via this link. The deadline for applying is end-of-day May 1 AoE (UTC -12).
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 ASPLOS 2019. The next conferences accepting submissions are:
- ESEC/FSE 2019, August 26-30, deadline May 24
- ICFP 2019, August 18-23, deadline June 14
- ASE 2019, November 11-15, deadline June 19
- ASSETS 2019, October 28-30, deadline July 10
- SPLASH 2019, October 20-25, deadline July 12
- ESWEEK 2019, October 13-18, deadline July 13
- SIGSPATIAL 2019, November 5-8, deadline August 5
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). For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.
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.
DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Book the speaker for your next event through the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) and deliver compelling and insightful content to your audience. ACM will cover the cost of transportation for the speaker to travel to your event. Our program features renowned thought leaders in academia, industry and government speaking about the most important topics in the computing and IT world today. Our booking process is simple and convenient.
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This month's featured speaker is Cristina Conati. Cristina is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She is an associate editor for the Journal of User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. She served as President of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing, as well as Program or Conference Chair for several international conferences including User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, ACM Intelligent User Interfaces, and AI in Education.
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.
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 new chapters that were chartered March 13 to April 10, 2019:
ACM Student Chapters:
- AEC ACM Student Chapter, Assam Engineering College, Guwahati, India
- American University of Nigeria ACM Student Chapter, Yola, Nigeria
- Bellarmine University ACM Student Chapter, Louisville, Kentucky
- Bilkent University ACM SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, Ankara, Turkey
- BITS Pilani-Dubai ACM-W Student Chapter, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- George Mason University ACM Student Chapter, Fairfax, Virginia
- ICET ACM Student Chapter, Ilahia College of Engineering and Technology, Muvattupuzha, India
- IIIT Delhi ACM Student Chapter, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi, India
- IISc ACM Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
- LDCE ACM Student Chapter, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, India
- Michigan Tech University ACM-W Student Chapter, Houghton, Michigan
- NID Bangalore ACM SIGCHI Student Chapter, National Institute of Design, Bangalore, India
- NIT Delhi ACM Student Chapter, National Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
- Poornima College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter, Jaipur, India
- St. Vincent Pallotti CE ACM Student Chapter, Nagpur, India
- UACH ACM Student Chapter, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico
- UBC Okanagan ACM-W Student Chapter, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada
- Wentworth ACM SIGMIS Student Chapter, Boston, Massachusetts
ACM Professional Chapters:
- Bled ACM SIGCHI Chapter, Koper, Slovenia
- IMOBILE ACM Chapter, Bangalore, India
- Western Australia ACM SIGCHI Chapter, West Perth
The ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing in the Upper MidWest (MinneWIC 2019) held February 16 to 17 was a culmination of an undergraduate research workshop hosted by the University of Minnesota Duluth in Fall 2018. The objectives were not only to make undergraduate students aware of research, but also to create an opportunity for hands-on research activities and projects led by faculty and industry leaders in biomedical engineering, virtual reality, security, machine learning, natural language processing, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Two separate sessions for undergraduate and graduate students were held. For the undergraduates, mentees and mentors met to discuss next steps and future goals of their research. Next were the research presentations by teams of undergraduate students, in a 10-to-15-minute format, to an audience of faculty and graduate student mentors. This was an excellent medium to share the research that faculty are doing through their students.
Graduate students attended sessions on research writing, issues with writing, overcoming writer's block, and other topics. They also attended a presentation on how to work toward an academic career, how to write teaching statements, how to write research statements, looking for a faculty position and more.
Faculty judged the poster competition, and several companies were present at the job fair. The academic keynote speaker, Tawanna Dillahunt of University of Michigan's School of Information, gave a great talk, discussing the results of several studies that investigate how ICTs could improve employability, particularly among job seekers with limited digital skills, education, and income, and those who are geographically and socially isolated. Yang Song from Google shared the work he does at Google. Students were intrigued by Google's work discipline and mechanism. Lightning sessions were conducted where the graduate students presented their research. This session was extremely beneficial for the undergraduate students to experience and learn about graduate-level research.
Tonya Custis kicked off the second day of the conference with her industry keynote talk about AI, NLP, automated news report generation, search assistance for attorneys and her work at Thomson Reuters. The career panel with participants representing various sectors of industry and academia was very well received, with many questions from students. A presentation on Ethics in IT by Alexis Elder of the University of Minnesota Duluth covered various potential ethical issues in research. A panel on graduate school included participants from Master's to PhD, postdocs and professors who shared their perspectives on why they chose graduate school as well as helpful tips on grad school.
If you would like more information on Celebrations or would like to organize an event in your area, please contact Wendy Powley, Chair of the Celebrations Committee. International Celebrations are encouraged and welcomed!
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: http://signup.acm.org/listserv_index.cfm?ln=ACM-W-PUBLIC. Also read the ACM-W Connections newsletter for updates on ACM-W programs: local celebrations, scholarships and awards, chapters, and more.
ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief. Nominations are due May 1.
ACM Books recently published Heterogenous Computing: Hardware and Software Perspectives, by Mohamed Zahran. All computer systems, from portable devices to the strongest supercomputers, are heterogeneous. The most obvious heterogeneity is found in computing nodes of different capabilities (multicore, GPUs, FPGAs, etc.). But there are also other heterogeneity factors that exist in computing systems, such as memory system components and interconnection. Zahran's book discusses both the challenges and opportunities of this technology, and the importance of dealing with these challenges at all levels of the computing stack.
New Journals ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice, ACM Transactions on Data Science, ACM Transactions on Internet of Things, ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare and Digital Government: Research and Practice Accepting Submissions
ACM Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP) targets the prevention, identification, mitigation, and elimination of digital threats, aiming to bridge the gap between academic research and industry practice. It is accepting submissions on extant digital threats, rather than laboratory models of potential threats.
ACM Transactions on Data Science (TDS) includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas, algorithms, systems, theory and applications on data science, including data cleaning, transformation, representation, integration, indexing, modeling, analysis, visualization, and interpretation while retaining privacy, fairness, provenance, transparency, and provision of social benefit, within the context of big data.
ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT) publishes novel research contributions and experience reports in several research domains whose synergy and interrelations enable the IoT vision. TIOT focuses on system designs, end-to-end architectures, and enabling technologies, and on publishing results and insights corroborated by a strong experimental component.
ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare (HEALTH) is a multi-disciplinary journal publishing papers that have scientific and technological results pertaining to how computing is improving healthcare.
Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions.
Ulan Degenbaev, Michael Lippautz, and Hannes Payer at Google Germany describe "a collaborative approach to reclaiming memory in heterogeneous software systems." Their article describes an approach called cross-component tracing (CCT), which is implemented in V8 and Blink to solve the problem of memory management across component boundaries. Cross-component tracing also integrates nicely with existing tooling infrastructure and improves the debugging capabilities of Chrome DevTools.
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