Colloquium & Events

The Computer Science Colloquium is a series of public guest lectures on cutting-edge topics related to computer science. Talks by distinguished members of the computer science community are on Thursdays at noon in Darwin Hall, Room 103.

SSU campus maps are available. A parking permit is required to park on campus, and is available for $5 at machines in the parking lots. Talks are otherwise free.

Many students attend the series to gain an understanding of what it means to be a computer scientist, and many establish valuable connections through the informal meetings with the speakers. The colloquium may be taken for credit (CS 390, 1 unit) and can be applied to the computer science major and minor.

Below are the current and archived programs of the series. Many of the talks have been videotaped and are available through YouTube.

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Colloquium Fall 2018, Thursdays 12:05 - 12:55pm, Darwin 103
Date Speaker Topic
Oct. 11 Jason Lowe-Power, UC Davis Assumptions: They Make An… Insecure System

In this talk, I will describe how Meltdown and Spectre break programmer expectations and cause a security nightmare. Meltdown and Spectre shocked the IT world when first publicly reported 9 months ago because these vulnerabilities were not bugs or errors in the hardware. Instead, these vulnerabilities target the performance optimizations used in high performance processors for the past 25 years. In this talk, we'll look at how these performance optimizations break programmers' assumptions of how their programs execute and can lead to confidential data leaking in mobile devices, personal computing devices, and shared cloud platforms.

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