Assignment 4 (The Presentation)
Exam locations and times:
7pm on Monday, Dec 8 in 1289 CS
7pm on Monday, Dec 15 in 1325 CS
Practice midterm solutions (
The course will center around two basic entities:
For most every class, you will have to read one or more papers (as assigned), which we will then discuss in class. You will also have to think and write a little bit about each paper. The real key to the class will be your final project: a mini-research project on the topic of your choice. Though we will provide some suggestions, you are encouraged to come up with a topic of your own (after all, that's what research is all about). More details will be available below in the weeks to come.
|9/1||M-day||9/3||First class: Show up||9/5||THE and Nucleus|
|9/8||Hydra||9/10||Exo(1) and Exo(2)||9/12||Disco|
|9/22||No class||9/24||LFS||9/26||Class cancelled|
|10/6||No class||10/8||Finish up RAID||10/10||Monitors and Mesa|
|10/13||Lottery||10/15||Resource Containers||10/17||Scheduler Activations|
|10/20||No class||10/22||Vax/VMS||10/24||Meet in 2310 CS and read this|
|11/3||No class||11/5||No class||11/7||No class|
|11/24||No class||11/26||No class||11/28||Happy T-day|
|12/8||No class||12/10||No class||12/12||No class|
Some readings are required (i.e., you are responsible for them), but they will
be discussed in class.
Some additional papers are available in the
Auxiliary Reading List.
You are not required to read these, but there are many excellent papers in the list which are certainly worth reading at some point.
Finally, a collection of advice papers is available in the
Advice Papers List.
I highly recommend that you read these papers on your own; however, you will not be held responsible for them.
You will have four basic responsibilities for the readings covered in the course:
1 - Read the assigned discussion papers before class. This is a must!
2 - Form a discussion group. You should have about four people in your group, and discuss each paper sometime before class meets. When you have formed a group, please send me email with a list of group members.
3 - Answer the question posed for each paper. Your individual write-up should consist of a short-essay answer to the question(s) posed. The write-up should not exceed half of a page in length. The list of questions to answer is available here. Turn in your write up via email to me (remzi@cs) before the class where we discuss the paper, with the class and date in the subject line (e.g., 736 Reading 9/12). Late write-ups will automatically receive a null score. Write-ups should be in plain text and not some fancy encoding, for the professor's viewing pleasure.
4 - Read papers that will not be discussed in class but are required. You must find time on your own to do this. You may wish to discuss them with your discussion group.
The reading load will be heavy up front, so
make sure not to fall behind.
That way, you will have more time towards to end of the semester to focus on your project.
The final project is the main focus of the course. You are expected to perform work which could eventually be suitable for publication in a major operating systems conference. In general, people should work in groups of size one or two -- I will not allow groups larger than that. I will provide some suggestions for you to pick from, although you are encouraged to think of a project on your own, which I can help to refine. Project write-ups will be similar in format to a conference submission, and all will be entered into a class-wide mini-conference. The best papers will receive some kind of recognition. More details are forthcoming.
Here are links to some previous class projects:
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Final Exam: Monday, December 8 in 1289 CS at 7pm or Monday, December 15 in 1325 CS at 7pm
Assignment #0: Digital Picture/Reading Group (due 9/8)
Assignment #1: Project Proposal (due 10/22)
Assignment #2: Project Status (due 11/10)
Assignment #3: Project Status II (due week of 12/1)
Final Presentation (due 12/12)
Final Write-up (due 12/19)
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