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It’s a common frustration—software updates intended to make our applications run faster inadvertently end up doing just the opposite. These bugs, called performance regressions in the field of computer science, are time-consuming to fix because locating software errors normally requires substantial human intervention. To overcome this obstacle, researchers at Texas A&M University, in collaboration with …

On the ninth of September 1947, Grace Murray Hopper recorded the first documented computer bug. Decades after this, making sure bugs are out of computer systems has been an important task. But why call them “bugs” in the first place? What is a computer bug? A computer bug is simply a flaw in a computer …

Legendary Dutch computer scientist Edsger W Dijkstra famously remarked that “testing shows the presence, not the absence of bugs”. In fact the only definitive way to establish that software is correct and bug-free is through mathematics. It has long been known that software is hard to get right. Since Friedrich L Bauer organised the very …