Mellanox Technologies was named Number 23 on the 2012 Deloitte Israel Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Israel. Rankings are based on the percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the five year period from 2007–2011. Mellanox grew 208 percent during this period.

“We are proud to be named on the 2012 Deloitte Israel Technology Fast 50, and are pleased that our efforts continue to gain recognition within the financial community”
“Because the Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar Fast 50 measures sustained revenue growth over five years, being one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Israel is an impressive achievement,” said Tal Chen, partner in charge of the Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar Israel Technology Fast 50 Program. “Mellanox deserves a lot of credit for its remarkable growth.”

“We are proud to be named on the 2012 Deloitte Israel Technology Fast 50, and are pleased that our efforts continue to gain recognition within the financial community,” said Eyal Waldman, chairman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Our growth represents the increased worldwide adoption of our industry-leading, end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions in the high-performance computing, Web 2.0, cloud and database markets.”

October Issue Reports Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS), Applications for the GameDay Concept in Web Operations, Predictions on Oracle vs. Google, and Improving Accessibility

The next generation of robotics will be comprised of soft materials that enable capabilities beyond current robotic technologies, a development that could lead the way to a new industrial revolution, say researchers from the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute. In the November cover story of Communications of the ACM http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2012/11, the authors contend that this transformation is based on robotic technologies that are inspired by biological systems which reflect the behavior of humans and animals. The resulting interdisciplinary focus requires novel ways of cooperation driven by scientific, social, demographics, and economic forces. Also in this issue, Communications Editor-in-Chief Moshe Y. Vardi assesses the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) phenomenon that has been described as a “tsunami” by Stanford University President John Hennessey. Vardi speculates that MOOCs may be the “battering ram” of an attack on the financial dilemma of higher education that infuses information technology as a seductive possibility to lower costs in this sector.

Communications, the flagship publication of ACM , acm.org offers readers access to this generation’s most significant leaders and innovators in supercomputing and information technology, and is available online in digital format.

Other Communications highlights:

  • Pioneers of resilience engineering consider their experiences in managing the inevitable system failures in large-scale Web operations. Moderator Tom Limoncelli of Google led the discussion of actual situations where the “GameDay concept,” created by Amazon, resulted in a cultural shift that emphasizes how to deal with systems swiftly and expertly once they do fail.
  • Science and technology writer Gregory Goth analyzes the computing systems aboard the Mars Exploration Rovers. The technology, based on the Canny edge detector algorithm, enables the rovers to autonomously perform image and data analysis, planning, execution, and interaction with robotic control without real-time human direction, and has applications for Earth-bound projects as well.
  • Pam Samuelson of the University of California Berkeley law school assesses the first phase of the trial between Oracle and Google, which addresses claims that Google’s Android platform infringes on Oracle’s Java-related copyrights and patents. She predicts that the decision, which rejected Oracle’s claim of copyright in Java application program interfaces, will be affirmed, and points to the irony that Sun Microsystems, which was acquired by Oracle, was among the most vigorous proponents of pro-interoperability intellectual property rules.
  • Researchers from Arizona State University highlight the privacy, security, and equitable access aspects of the emerging smart grid with its reliance on two-way information and communication technology (ICT) systems. Although smart grid technology can improve energy efficiency, Timothy Kostyk and Joseph Herkert urge engineers to incorporate practical solutions to these societal challenges concurrent with its development in order to avoid higher costs in the future.
  • Despite the strong demand for computationally educated workers, Purdue University professors Arman Yadav and John T. Korb, argue that the field needs to adapt a multipronged approach to preparing computer science teachers is critical to success. They urge adoption of a methods course about how computer science is learned and taught. 
  • ACM President Vint Cerf begins a dialogue on improving the state of accessibility in computer science. He cites the need to build accessibility into the initial design, and urges ACM members and experts in the field to contact him about their experiences and ideas.
  • Blog @CACM blogger Michael Stonebreaker expects a substantial increase in the number of New SQL engines using a variety of architectures in the near future.

For more information on Communications of the ACM, click on cacm.acm.org

People dropping Facebook friends over political differences is a reminder that some of those so-called friendships are virtual, not the face-to-face type, says a Purdue University communication professor.Glen Sparks

"Facebook friendships are often diluted, because the reality of managing dozens, hundreds or thousands of these friendships is just not possible," says Glenn Sparks, who studies mass media effects and interpersonal relationships. "That's why people are easily surprised when some of their Facebook friends post or like different political candidates or issues. It begs the question of how well do you really know these people. And, it also explains why people can quickly dismiss these connections."

Sparks, who is co-author of "Refrigerator Rights: Our Crucial Need for Close Connection," says the ease of dropping these social media friends is a reminder that weaker social connections should not be a replacement for face-to-face interactions.

"While Facebook is wonderful for keeping in touch with people, there is a danger in these social media friends taking over and consuming time from getting to know neighbors and people in the community," Sparks says. "The friendships marked by regular face-to-face contact typically matter more to one's overall sense of well-being. Unlike virtual friendships, they are built on regular, casual conversation in which voices are heard and faces are seen."

He also says that talking about something as sensitive as politics on Facebook shows that social media is not necessarily a good replacement for such exchanges.

"Political expressions are really expressions of emotion because they are about how people feel about candidates, issues or their future," Sparks says. "These are really deep feelings, and when we express these feelings, text is an impoverished way to do that. Text is more subject to misinterpretation, and we can't instantaneously monitor and react to comments as if engaged in a face-to-face conversation. It easily leads to misinterpretation, disagreement and attitude polarization - thus feeding people's emotions to unfriend their friends."

The book "Refrigerator Rights" was published in 2002. Sparks and the book's co-author, Will Miller, say that as people move farther away and are more engaged in media, there is a greater void in face-to-face relationships.

Akamai Technologies beat Wall Street expectations as the internet content delivery company reported higher revenue in its cloud computing and media delivery segments.

Shares of the company, which helps firms deliver content faster by avoiding congestion on the Web, were up 5.5 percent in after-market trade.

Akamai has been benefiting from a strong demand for online videos and companies spending more on internet initiatives to cut costs.

"Even though IT spending globally is under a lot of pressure, it is not showing up in our results because one of the things the CIOs are doing is to move businesses to the cloud," Chief Executive Paul Sagan told Reuters.

Cloud services revenue was up 22 percent and media or content delivery was up 23 percent, Sagan said. Total revenue rose 22 percent to $345 million.

Net income rose to $42.3 million, or 27 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $48.2 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 43 cents per share.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 41 cents on revenue of $338.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

"If you hold constant for currency, the business outside of North America was up 30 percent year-over-year which I think was a big surprise given the economic uncertainty particularly in EMEA," Sagan said.

Shares of the Cambridge, Massachusetts- based company were trading at $38.69 in after-market trade. They closed at $36.11 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq.

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