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Issue 5 • Date May 2008

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Turing Award

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  • Computer [masthead]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Article summaries

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  • CS Awards

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  • Know Your Audience

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    Embracing digital technology has had a profound impact on modern entertainment media. View full abstract»

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  • 32 & 16 Years Ago

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    Highlights new technologies being written about in Computer Magazine in 1976 and 1992. View full abstract»

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  • [CS Info Page]

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  • Is It Finally Time to Worry about Mobile Malware?

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    Experts have talked about the dangers of mobile malware since the first Palm Pilot Trojan horse, called Liberty, was reported in 2000, and the first mobile-phone virus, Cabir, was reported in 2004. However, each year, mobile viruses and similar threats have turned out to be a minor concern. In part, this is because there have been far fewer smart mobile devices than PCs, making desktops much more attractive targets. In addition, mobile devices' lack of technical sophistication has provided hackers with fewer ways to attack them. View full abstract»

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  • ARM and Intel Battle over the Mobile Chip's Future

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    During the past few years, the lines between traditional computers and mobile devices have been blurring. Meanwhile, wireless consumer-electronics products such as personal-navigation and gaming devices are increasingly accessing the Internet for various tasks, such as retrieving mapping information and participating in multiplayer games. Thus, mobile devices are performing many more computing-related tasks than in the past, which places additional demands on the chips that run them. While doing this work requires mobile processors that provide high performance, they also must manage and conserve power so that they won't quickly drain devices' batteries. ARM Ltd. has dominated the mobile-chip market for about 10 years. Now, Intel, which rules the PC- and laptop-chip worlds, plans to challenge ARM, in recognition that mobile devices have become an attractive market, far outselling PCs and laptops. View full abstract»

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  • News Briefs

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  • The Antikythera Mechanism: A Computer Science Perspective

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    Two thousand years separate us from an ancient Greek computing device known as the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient astronomical calculator that contains a lunisolar calendar, predicts eclipses, and indicates the moon's position and phase. Its use of multiple dials and interlocking gears eerily foreshadows modern computing concepts from the fields of digital design, programming, and software engineering. In this article, the author explains the mechanism's operation based on its reconstruction in Squeak Etoys, a multimedia authoring environment primarily designed to help high school students learn scientific and engineering concepts. This paper aims to present the functioning of this remarkable device using working code, the language of our community. View full abstract»

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  • Emerging Nanoscale Memory and Logic Devices: A Critical Assessment

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    This article presents the ERD Working Group's collective judgment with respect to the long-term potential of nanoscale memory and logic devices to replace silicon-based CMOS logic or baseline memory technology. It does not judge their potential to supplement or complement CMOS. The intent is thus prescriptive, not prescriptive: to provide a technically grounded, objective benchmark for emerging research memory and logic devices. View full abstract»

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  • Emerging Research Architectures

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    Morphic architectures embrace a broad class of mixed-signal systems that focus on a particular application and draw inspiration for their structure from the application. In some cases, processing is carried out in the analog domain, offering orders-of-magnitude improvement in performance and power dissipation, albeit with reduced accuracy. The emergence of many-core (symmetric and asymmetric) architectures has become an established industry trend. With high-end microprocessor architecture moving to a multicore format, dual-core products have become available commercially and quad-core chips are entering the marketplace. Indeed, a recently announced 80-core experimental chip heralds a new milestone. Several other companies now produce multicore-like devices that some call next-generation field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Specifically, these companies are implementing field- programmable object array (FPOA) technology, which consists of object arrays that are simple processors and other support objects such as memory. View full abstract»

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  • Boolean Logic and Alternative Information-Processing Devices

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    Emerging research device technologies might first appear in special applications that can extend conventional general-purpose processors along one of several axes. These applications could optimize the performance of future workloads such as recognition, mining, and synthesis by using the unique nonlinear output characteristics associated with the emerging research devices. However, a new device technology might emerge that, by way of first supplementing conventionally scaled CMOS, could eventually offer a highly scalable new information- processing paradigm. View full abstract»

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  • Computer cfp

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  • A Practical Paradigm and Platform for Video-Based Human-Computer Interaction

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    New technologies that use multimodal input, human experience, and modern hardware's full computational power could mitigate current limitations in human-computer interaction. The 4D Touchpad, a video-based interaction platform, makes robust, natural interaction between humans and computers possible. View full abstract»

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  • Improving Wireless Health Monitoring Using Incentive-Based Router Cooperation

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    Healthcare providers could use ad hoc networks to supplement the sometimes spotty and unreliable coverage of infrastructure-oriented wireless networks for patient monitoring. A proposed incentive-based approach encourages devices to cooperate as routers, significantly improving message delivery reliability. View full abstract»

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  • Bookshelf

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  • Career opportunities

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  • Introducing the Advanced Technology Executive Forum

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    The IEEE Computer Society will launch the Advanced Technology Executive Forum, an executive circle of high-profile and committed leaders from the computing industry, when the founding members hold their inaugural meeting in May 2008. View full abstract»

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  • Computer Society Releases Q3 & 4 Conference Slate

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    IEEE Computer Society conferences scheduled from June through December 2008 will address topics spanning all aspects of the computing profession. View full abstract»

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  • CS membership forms

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  • Call and Calendar

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