Architecture Research Project (Project 1)

CS 641, Dr. Lawlor
30% of your overall course grade comes from the three semester projects.  Project 1 will be research-oriented.  Project 2 will be on SSE or GPU programming, and Project 3 on multicore or network programming.

    January 2011
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
  <- first day of class
23 24 25 26 27 28 29  <- lecture notes due
30 31

   February 2011
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
       1  2  3  4  5  <- project 1 presentations

Please have your project 1 topic (see suggestions below) picked out by class on Tuesday, January 25.  You don't need to write anything up, but you should be ready to give a useful four-sentence synopsis of the topic, so some background reading is recommended!  We'll assign the time slots for the actual presentations.

I'd like you to prepare a brief 2-3 page lecture note style writeup in HTML, with lots of hyperlinks.  Analyze and summarize--introduce us to the material, and tell us what's important about it.  I'll post your writeup as the lecture notes for that day's class.  The writeups are due at midnight Thursday, January 27 on Blackboard.

We'll do the presentations the first week of February.  There are ten people in class, and 180 minutes between Tuesday and Thursday, so that's about 15 minutes per person.  You should prepare about 12 minutes of interesting, informative content (time your test run!), which leaves 3 minutes for questions and to change speakers.  PowerPoint is NOT required, but you MUST have a clear idea of what you will present AND some sort of examples/illustrations/code/graphs.  I'll be at a conference in the Czech Republic that week, so I'll have your presentations videotaped.

Suggested Project 1 Topics

Or choose your own topic!  Topics should all be research of the form "Learn and present what people have done about X" rather than applied work of the form "Build a new X".  Because the deadlines are so short, feel free to extend your own work on any previous class project for this one.