The goal of the project is to produce a quality paper. I hope that with further polish and significant additional effort, a number of the projects will lead to publications/theses. Since time is limited, however, I will reward those that aim high even if they do not completely succeed. The key to a successful class project is ensuring that some aspects of your work are completely done; it is hard to grade a project where nothing quite works. The projects will be graded as follows -- by what you discover in doing the project, how coherently you present your results, and how well you put your work in perspective with other research. This will be a good opportunity for you to learn about conducting research in the area of operating systems or to explore in detail a topic/issue that interests you.
The research should be carried out in teams of two. Talk to me if you would like to work in a different sized group. Logistically, it would be easier for you to continue with the partners from home work projects one and two. I will provide a number of ideas that can serve as a starting point for many projects. Students can also work with me to define a separate project in an area related to the course. The project will make up the bulk of the course. Students will spend the first part of the course defining the project and researching related work. The actual work on the project will be completed in the last half of the course. The most important thing about choosing a project is ensuring that you are excited by the topic.
At the end of the semester, we will hold a mini-conference open to the public. Each group will give a 20-25 minute talk (followed by 5 minutes of questions from the audience) and submit an 8-12 page research report describing their project. All students are expected to attend the conference and to submit evaluations for half of the talks/papers, including a nominee for "best paper". The conference is expected to take about 2.5 hours (depending on the number of groups). The schedule for the conference will be determined later in the semester.
The following milestones will drive the selection and specification of the course project:
Written proposals should include:
Each group will present their ideas in 5 minutes to the entire class. Shortly after submission of the proposal, each group will meet with me to refine the project topic.
In two pages or less, summarize your progress. Describe any initial results. Describe any changes in your project's scope or direction now that you know more about the topic. List the major milestones you have completed and the milestones that you must complete to successfully finish your study.
Each group will again meet with me to discuss their progress and goals.