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CS President David Alan Grier

Ghosts in the Machine

By David Alan Grier, IEEE Computer Society Past-President

The themes for this year's China National Computing Congress were easy to predict.  The current issues for computing emerged about five or six years ago.  Cloud.  Privacy.  Big Data.  Mobile Platforms.  Security.  Parallel Architectures.  Yet, it was a map program that prepared me for the discussions at the meeting, for that program revealed a ghost in the machine, an old idea that has become a crucial issue with the new technologies. Read more

Reconfigurability in Computer Systems Design


The ability to dynamically reconfigure hardware is an idea with powerful possibilities, but it's a concept that has been difficult to implement. Reconfigurability can be implemented in various ad hoc ways as well as with field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) and coarse-grained reconfigurable arrays (CGRA). These chips provide substantial computing resources with a tremendous number of logic gates and memory blocks, thus providing alternatives to traditional general-purpose central processing units (CPUs) and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). Rapid advances in semiconductor technology have made it possible to implement even more complex processing elements using reconfigurable logic, including FPGA-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. Read more 

Upcoming conferences

28-30 November 2014: ICDH 2014 The 5th International Conference on Digital Home, Guangzhou, China
14-17 December 2014: ICDM 2014 2014 International Conference on Data Mining, Shenzhen, China
19-21 December 2014: CSE 2014 IEEE International Conference On Computational Science and Engineering, Chengdu, China
20-22 April 2015: BIGMM 2015 1st International Conference on Multimedia Big Data, Beijing, China
22-23 October 2015: ESEM 2015 IEEE Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, Beijing, China

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