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David Alan Grier

The Languages of Publication

By David Alan Grier, IEEE Computer Society Past-President


I was perhaps one of the last PhD candidates in the sciences to sit for language exam. I had done all of my research in English, but before I could complete my degree, I had to show that I could read technical articles that had been published in two different languages. The exam created some tension between my professors, who thought the idea was silly, and our dean’s office, which argued that a well-trained scholar needed to know the work that was being done in other cultures. At the time, I viewed the process only as an irritant instead of an example of the dual nature of science and technology. Research, be it for science or technology, is fundamentally local. Teaching, however, is always local.
 

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Data Storage Reliability in the IoT Era

Microelectronic technology’s ongoing scaling according to Moore’s Law enables increasing microprocessor performance and complexity, paving the way for innovative applications that were unthinkable just a few years ago. Today, we are surrounded by electronic devices that exchange data with one another via the Internet, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Many companies and analysts forecast a huge growth in the IoT and the data it generates — with predictions ranging from 20 to 30 billion connected devices by 2020. Storing such a huge amount of data in a reliable way will be a challenge.

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21-23 Jul 2017: 2017 4th International Conference on Information Science and Control Engineering (ICISCE). Changsha, China
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18-19 Sept 2017: 2017 IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT). Shanghai, China
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