making that Connection
The goal of holding readers’ attention
has made provocation a timeworn editorial strategy. Communications doesn’t
resort to screaming headlines like
most storefront fare, but it does strive
to publish eye-catching imagery for its
must-read articles. This month’s cover
story, “One Laptop Per Child: Vision vs.
Reality,” with its title’s inherent tension, is a case in point.
Communications also aims for authority; its articles can be a beginning
as much as an end. The “Viewpoints”
pages, for example, may introduce
unsettled and unsettling ideas that
prompt readers to react and respond
not only to the editorial but to each
other. Indeed, the recent debate on
network neutrality that was first presented in the pages of the February issue, continued into the May issue, and
it’s hardly over yet.
You can be a part of this debate at
cacm.acm.org. Communications’ Web site
invites and lends itself to quick feedback via the “User Comments” feature that
allows a continued conversation about a topic. Reachable from the “Tools for
Readers” at the top right of each article page, and at the bottom of every article
page, the feature requires a simple sign-in (so we can follow who’s speaking).
From there, readers are welcome to present what Editor-in-Chief Moshe Vardi
calls “well-reasoned and well-argued opinions” to keep the discussion lively.
I encourage all readers to start or join an online discussion.
Wanted: expert Bloggers
aCm and the IEEE
will jointly present
the Eckert-mauchly award
to Joel Emer, director of
microarchitecture research at
Intel, for pioneering contributions
to performance analysis,
modeling methodologies, and
design innovations in several
developed quantitative methods
including measurement of real
machines, analytical modeling,
and simulation techniques
that are now widely employed
to evaluate the performance of
complex computer processors.
Emer will receive the 2009
Eckert-mauchly award, the most
prestigious award in the computer
architecture community, at the
International symposium on
Computer architecture, June
20–24, in austin, tX.
Ever consider yourself a blogger? If so, we should talk.
Communications wants to expand its ever-evolving roster of expert bloggers.
Experience is a plus but credentials and passion are equally important. The level
of commitment we require is open-ended; if you are willing to work with us, we
will accommodate your schedule. If you are interested but cannot add it to your
workload at the moment, we could put you on our future schedule or at least get
you on our radar.
In addition, if you follow the blogs of someone you consider a good fit
for Communications, we’d like to hear your recommendations. Contact us at
eGGeRs ReCeiVes athena
LeCtuReR a WaRD
susan Eggers, a professor of
computer science and engineering
at the university of Washington,
has won aCm’s 2009–2010
athena lecturer award. Eggers’
work on computer architecture
and experimental performance
analysis led to the development
of simultaneous multithreading,
the first commercially viable
multithreaded architecture. this
technique improves the overall
efficiency of certain processors
known as superscalar and has been
adopted by Intel, IBm, and others.
Whitney ReCOGnizeD fOR
aCm presented the Distinguished
service award to telle Whitney
for her profound impact on
the participation of women in
computing. Whitney, president
and CEo of the anita Borg
Institute for Women and
technology, cofounded the Grace
hopper Celebration of Women in
Computing, which has grown into
an annual event. the conference
is widely recognized as one of the
best ways to encourage women to
major in computing, continue on
to graduate school, and pursue a
career in computing.
PhotograPh courtesy of the inteL corPoration