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  • Blog Post: Rich Interactive Narratives

    Check out this paper on Rich Interactive Narratives: An Interactive Multimedia Framework for Digital Heritage Narratives paper can be found at: http://research.microsoft.com/pubs/144312/art23119s-adabala.pdf This is an excellent paper, only one image, and no code or math, but is a great start for a paper...
  • Blog Post: List of 5 modes of Web Use

    What are the top 5 ways people use search engines and the web for? Purposeful Use When users wish to accomplish a task quickly and efficiently. They may fire up a laptop or turn on their mobile phone in order to do so. Opportunistic Use Using the Web as a form of past time. Rather than going online to...
  • Blog Post: Socio-Digital Systems: Making complex lives less complex!

    Microsoft has a whole group of PhDs that are working on the idea of elegant technologies for you to use to make your life less complex.  This fits into the philosophy of the Windows Phone 7: Use it less and get more out of the phone.  The mission of the Socio=Digital Systems is to bring together...
  • Blog Post: Forza Motorsport game engine: Drivatar AI

    If you wonder about how the AI works in the Forza Motorsport game, this link is the one to read a brief article on how it works.  Check out this overview article in case you need to justify your purchase of that new Xbox to someone.  Or if you having that familiar argument that your brain is...
  • Blog Post: BarrelFish, Free O/S From Microsoft: Filet-O-Fish DSL

    Ok, the researchers used Haskell to do the DSL, weird, they could have used Visual Studio Ultimate to do the same thing, at no cost to them with great efficiency. Well no matter, they did a good job and this article has a great title. In this case, is Filet-O-Fish the best way to build a Domain Specific...
  • Blog Post: BarrelFish Free O/S From Microsoft: A principled view of scheduling

    Scheduling, Now scheduling for Multicore. Wow, that has got to be one heck of a fact project meeting in the morning. This paper distills some of the current thinking about Multicore OS scheduling into a set of design principles. This is good as most communications is bursty in nature, so how does...
  • Blog Post: BarrelFish Free O/S From Microsoft: Use Declarative Language for Device Configuration, not C

    In the paper titled: A Declarative Language Approach to Device Configuration The authors investigate the possibility of separating hardware configuration logic from the mechanism of programming device registers. Since BarrelFish is a messaging passing system, it allows the researchers...
  • Blog Post: BarrelFish Free O/S From Microsoft: Models are broken

    As the Global Warming/Climate Change researchers have shown to the world: Modeling doesn’t map to how the real world actually responds. Barrelfish researchers are looking this very thing with the paper titled: Mind the Gap: Reconnecting Architecture and OS Research The paper states...
  • Blog Post: BarrelFish Free O/S From Microsoft: Current MultiCore OS Benchmarks measure wrong thing

    Ok, that isn’t what the paper says, it is what I said. To quote the paper: “We argue that benchmarks used in the Operating Systems literature for evaluating new designs and techniques are fundamentally unrealistic: they ignore the common case of running multiple applications (or subsystems...
  • Blog Post: Barrelfish Free O/S funded by Microsoft: Discussion of early experience with BarrelFish

    Looking for that Master Thesis? Tired of that Linux versus Microsoft battle, want to clear your mind? This is the paper that can take you on a little vacation! If you don’t want to read my blather, then go immediately over to: Early experience with the Barrelfish OS and the Single-Chip Cloud...
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