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Keeping scoreToday’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Allegra Boverman, of Michael Cuthbert, associate professor of music at MIT, in the Lewis Music Library.

One of the most successful composers of late 14th-century Italy was an unusual figure named Zachara da Teramo. A secretary to popes, despite being described as having no more than 10 fingers and toes combined, Zachara also wrote songs — including an ode to Pluto, god of the underworld, of all things.

In recent years Michael Cuthbert, an associate professor of music, has taken a deep dive into the compositions of Zachara and his 14th- and early 15th-century contemporaries, using the ear of a highly trained scholar and the data-analysis of a scientist.

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Today’s Spotlight, by Christine Daniloff/MIT, uses a background image of a microarray courtesy of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Big websites usually maintain their own “data centers,” banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users’ requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a queue, and if the queues get too long, packets can be delayed.

In August, MIT researchers will present a new network‑management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent — virtually doing away with queues.

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