the weeks ahead

the weeks ahead

by George Candea -
Number of replies: 1

Dear students,

We adjusted a little bit the plan for the last 4 weeks of the semester. Here are the highlights:


  • Wk10: OP4 on txns due this Sunday (you already knew this)
  • Wk11: Break from OPs
  • Wk12: OP4 group revision due on Sunday
  • Wk13: Break from OPs
  • Wk14: OP5 due on Wednesday (!!)


  • Wk11: Guest lecture by Bryan Ford on decentralized systems
  • Wk12: Live lecture by Katerina on Internet design
  • Wk13: Guest lecture by Sanidhya Kashyap on scalable synchronization
  • Wk14: No lecture

This organization allows us to accommodate three student presentation sessions, one on Thu in Wk13 and the other two on Tue/Thu in Wk14. You will pick the day on which you present (details forthcoming) in a FCFS fashion. We will announce OP5 way ahead of time, so that you can organize your work for Wk13 and Wk14 as a function of your presentation slot.

For the OPs with a group revision, we will grade both the individual and the group submission, and your grade for that OP will be the better of the two.

Given the present situation, we decided to do the final exam remotely.


POCS Staff

In reply to George Candea

Re: the weeks ahead

by George Candea -

Dear students,

You will receive the feedback on OP3, including grades out of 6, by the end of today.

OP4 is due on Sunday, and the OP4 group revision will be due a week after that. We'll form groups before the end of Monday, and inform you accordingly. We'll provide you with general feedback on OP4 before the end of Tuesday, to give you some guidance in doing the group revision.

For the student presentations, we will send out by the end of Tuesday a form to sign up. In the meantime, please think about your favorite lesson from the BL paper and the favorite system that you've studied in POCS, and how that lesson applies to it. When signing up for a presentation slot, we will ask you to provide a title and abstract of your presentation (this won't be graded, it's just to help with logistics). This is not an urgent task, just fork off a background thread to think about this.

We expect to provide you the statement for OP5 sufficiently early so that you can start working on it as soon as you've turned in the OP4 group revision, if you wish to do so.

Finally, you might remember that past POCS finals are available in the public POCS repo. We expect this year's exam to be in the same spirit as last year's, except that it will be a take-home exam. It will of course be an individual exam, thus no collaboration permitted, but it will be 100% open-book.

Cheers, POCS Staff