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Three Day Startup Successfully Launched at Brown

Undergrad Anne Kenyon founded Brown’s 3 Day Startup (3DS) weekend, which was held in early April with the support of the department, Google, 10Gen, and Teespring.

The idea of 3 Day Startup is simple: start a technology company over the course of three days. Work space was available for an entire weekend, 25 students with a range of backgrounds were selected and top-notch entrepreneurs and investors were onsite to help pick the best ideas for software startups during the Friday brainstorming session. Students then worked to release a minimal prototype by Sunday night, when they gave their product presentations ...

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Cetintemel, Laidlaw & Zdonik Among the Investigators of the New Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data

Ugur Çetintemel, David Laidlaw and Stan Zdonik are part of the newly launched Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Big Data. The center is based at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. The center is primarily affiliated with the Intel Parallel Computing Lab.

The goal of the ISTC is to produce new data management systems and architectures that can help users process “big data” - data collections that are too big, growing too fast, or are too complex for existing information technology systems to handle. The center will also demonstrate the effectiveness of these solutions on ...

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Maurice Herlihy Wins Second Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize

Maurice Herlihy, along with co-author Eliot Moss, was awarded the 2012 ACM-EATCS Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing. This Prize is awarded to outstanding papers on the principles of distributed computing, whose significance and impact on the theory or practice of distributed computing have been evident for at least ten years.

The 2012 Edsger W. Dijkstra prize was awarded to Maurice Herlihy and Eliot Moss for their paper “Transactional Memory: Architectural Support for Lock-Free Data Structures," and to Nir Shavit and Dan Touitou for their paper “Software Transactional Memory.”

These papers pioneered the idea that concurrent programs should ...

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