February 2005 Archives

I came across this paper while researching Genetic Algorithms. Liao et al have done an excellent job of demystifying GA's and how they work. Having dipped into a few books on GA's I would recommend this paper as a starting point.

An Educational Genetic Algorithms Learning

Network Processor - Call for Papers - HPCA-12


The International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture provides a high-quality forum for scientists and engineers to present their latest research findings in this rapidly changing field. Authors are invited to submit papers on all aspects of high-performance computer architecture.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: ·
Processor architectures ·
Cache and memory systems ·
Parallel computer architectures ·
Impact of technology on architecture ·
Power-efficient architectures and techniques ·
High-availability architectures ·
High-performance I/O systems ·
Embedded and reconfigurable architectures ·
Interconnect and network interface architectures ·
Network processor architectures ·
Innovative hardware/software trade-offs ·
Impact of compilers on architecture ·
Performance evaluation of real machines

Authors should submit an abstract before Monday, July 11, 2005, 9pm PST. They should submit the full version of the paper before Monday, July 18, 2005, 9pm PST. No extensions will be granted. The full version should be a PDF file that does not exceed 6,000 words according to the instructions in http://www.hpcaconf.org/hpca12

Papers that exceed the length limit or that cannot be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 3.0 or higher) may not be reviewed. Papers should be submitted for blind review. Please indicate whether the paper is a student paper for best student paper nominations.Papers will be evaluated based on their novelty, fundamental insights, and potential for long-term contribution.

New-idea papers are encouraged.

Submission issues should be directed to the program chair at das@cse.psu.edu. Workshop and tutorial submissions should be directed to the workshop and tutorial chair.

Important dates·

Abstract submission deadline :

July 11, 2005, 9pm PST (firm deadline) ·

Paper submission deadline:

July 18, 2005, 9pm PST (firm deadline) ·

Workshop and tutorial proposals due:
August 12, 2005 ·

Author notification: October 7, 2005

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society TC on Computer Architecture

Yahoo to create 400 jobs in Dublin,Ireland


Yahoo announced last week that they will be creating 400 jobs in Dublin, Ireland. Yahoo's subsidiary overture has been operating in Dublin for the past few years and employs 250 people. Dublin has a number of data centres that were created in 1999 by the IDA. A number of them have been left vacant since the dot com bubble burst in 2000/2001. So Yahoo will have their pick of locations if they so choose.

The Irish operation will be responsible for Yahoo!'s European business in three main areas: a shared-services centre responsible for accounting and revenue activities and statutory reporting; a web-hosting centre supporting databases for Yahoo!'s family of websites as well as other applications and systems; and a customer support centre, comprising a centralised multilingual support service and a website editorial team.

For more on this story visit SiliconRepublic.com

DeCSS ripper thwarted


According to Macrovision Corporation , RipGuard DVD plugs the "digital hole" created by PC-based DeCSS ripper software, which allows millions of average consumers to make unauthorized digital copies of copyrighted DVDs. These copies can be burned to recordable DVDs or uploaded onto the peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

The dark side of VOIP


With all the hype at the moment about VOIP and the fact that we can ring anywhere for 1 -2 cents per minute it has occured to me that there is a downside to this wonderful technology.

If its cheap for us to ring America, Aisa etc ergo its cheap for them to ring us. Why is this such a bad thing you may ask? Well the don't get me wrong as Bob Hoskins stated for the BT ad "Its good to talk". However its the credit card scam/holiday scam mechants that I'm worried about. Suddenly there market place has expanded. Recently we recieved some phone calls at home in the evening from the States which has caused me to raise the state of alert for the Noonan household to Defconn 2.

Sourcebank the search engine for developers


While searching for some c code to a public domain algorithm I came across this essential respository for developer.

To quote the site "DevX's Sourcebank is a directory of links to source code and script posted around the Web".

What is really nice about this seatch engine is that you can filter by different types of languages e.g. c, assembler, java, ASP, php etc

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