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Theme CWI Lectures 2012 ‘Understanding Software’

The theme of the annual CWI Lectures that takes place 14 June 2012 is 'Understanding Software. The size of software systems ranges from dozens to hundreds of millions lines of code. Programming and maintenance have therefore become increasingly expensive and complex.

Exhibition 'Turings Erfenis' opens doors

To honour the Alan Turing Year 2012, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam organizes the exhibition 'Turings Erfenis'. 23 June 2012 is the worldwide celebration of the famous British mathematician Alan Turing’s centenary.

Decades-old P=NP 'proof' finally refuted

The traveling salesman problem is still unresolved. A 26 year old claim for a solution is finally fully refuted by researchers of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, Université libre de Bruxelles and Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

European Data Forum 2012 announced

On 6 and 7 June 2012, the first European Data Forum will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. CWI researcher Peter Boncz is one of the organizing partners through the European project Linked Open Data (LOD2). The European Data Forum (EDF) is a meeting place for industry, research, policymakers and community initiatives to discuss the challenges of Big Data and the emerging Data Economy, and to develop suitable action plans for addressing these challenges.

New computer techniques speed up drug research

A computer algorithm developed by bioinformaticists at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam speeds up simulations predicting the effect of drugs on the human body. This allows pharmaceutical researchers to discover new drugs more quickly.

Early genetic code very resistant to mutation

Researchers of Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam show that the genetic code is remarkably resistant to DNA replication errors. This might explain the success of the common ancestor of all life, who 3,5 billion years ago developed the genetic code that resides in every organism.

Better QoS for distributed software with stochastic and formal methods

Reusability of software is a hot topic nowadays. It is easier, cheaper and more efficient to reuse parts of existing software in order to adjust or incorporate new functionalities, than to design completely new programs. However, due to the different sources and constraints of software components, it is not easy to define the Quality of Service (QoS) for newly composed software, especially when it consists of components or services provided by various geographically distributed organizations. Young-Joo Moon, PhD student at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, developed a stochastic formal model to derive the end-to-end QoS of such software systems.

Grothendieck applied to entanglement and optimization

Jop Briët, researcher at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam, introduces in his thesis new variations of Grothendieck’s inequality. He applied them to entanglement, an aspect of quantum mechanics, and optimization. On 27 October 2011 Briët defends his dissertation at the University of Amsterdam.

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