How they did it: an analysis of emissions defeat devices in modern automobiles

How they did it: an analysis of emission defeat devices in modern automobiles Contag et al., IEEE Security and Privacy 2017 We'll be looking at a selection of papers from the IEEE Security and Privacy 2017 conference over the next few days, starting with this wonderful tear down of the defeat devices used by Volkswagen … Continue reading How they did it: an analysis of emissions defeat devices in modern automobiles

Gray failure: the Achilles’ heel of cloud-scale systems

Gray failure: the Achilles' heel of cloud-scale systems Huang et al., HotOS'17 If you're going to fail, fail properly dammit! All this limping along in degraded mode, doing your best to mask problems, turns out to be one of the key causes of major availability breakdowns and performance anomalies in cloud-scale systems. Today's HotOS'17 paper … Continue reading Gray failure: the Achilles’ heel of cloud-scale systems

System programming in Rust: beyond safety

System programming in Rust: beyond safety Balasubramanian et al., HotOS'17 Balasubramanian et al. want us to switch all of our systems programming over to Rust. This paper sets out the case. Despite many advances in programming languages, clean-slate operating systems, hypervisors, key-value stores, web servers, network and storage frameworks are still developed in C, a … Continue reading System programming in Rust: beyond safety

A dissection of the test-driven development process: does it really matter to test-first or test-last?

A dissection of the test-driven development process: does it really matter to test-first or to test-last? Fucci et al., ICSE'17 Here we have a study with a really interesting aim - to find out which aspects of TDD are most significant when it comes to developer productivity and code quality. What we'd really love to … Continue reading A dissection of the test-driven development process: does it really matter to test-first or test-last?