Stroustrup’s “Software Development for Infrastructure” paper selected by CR Best of 2012

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Stroustrup paper selected by Computing Reviews Best of 2012

"Software Development for Infrastructure" by Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup was selected as a notable paper in computing in 2012 by ACM's Computing Reviews Best of 2012. The Best of 2012 list consists of book and article nominations from CR's reviewers and category editors, the editors in chief of journals covered by CR, and others in the computing community. The paper was a cover feature article published in the IEEE Computer Society's January 2012 issue.

The basic premise of the paper is that "Infrastructure software needs more stringent correctness, reliability, efficiency, and maintainability requirements than non-essential applications. This implies greater emphasis on up-front design, static structure enforced by a type system, compact data structures, simplified code structure, and improved tool support. Education for infrastructure and application developers should differ to reflect that emphasis."

Dr. Stroustrup concludes that "In research, we need a greater appreciation of incremental (engineering) improvements with a relevance to real-world systems. 'That's just engineering, and we're computer scientists' is an attitude we can't afford. I suspect the era of transformative breakthroughs is over. We need to achieve a factor-of-two-or-three improvement in several areas, rather than trying to solve our problems with a single elusive two-orders-of-magnitude improvement from a silver bullet."

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