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6.824 is a core graduate subject with lectures, labs, quizzes, and a final project. 6.824 is 12 units. 6 EDPs.
Lectures are Tue/Thu 1:00pm to 2:30pm in 32-144. Most class meetings will be one half lecture and one half paper discussion. You should read the paper before coming to class, and be prepared to discuss it. You can find out what paper to read for each meeting in the schedule.
We will post a question about each paper 24 hours before we discuss the paper. Please bring your answer to class on a sheet of paper and hand it in. Your answer need only be long enough to demonstrate that you understand the paper; a paragraph or two will usually be enough. We won't hand back the questions, but we will glance at them to make sure your answer makes sense, and they will count for part of the paper discussion grade.
6.824 will have two in-class quizzes.
There are programming labs due every week or two for the first half of the term.
In the second half of the term you'll undertake a project in small teams. Each team will design and implement a system of its choice. Each team will also write a research paper about its project.
You must write all the code you hand in for the programming assignments, except for code that we give you as part of the assigment. You are not allowed to look at anyone else's solution (and you're not allowed to look at solutions from previous years). You may discuss the assignments with other students, but you may not look at or use each other's code.
You may discuss the questions for each discussion paper with other students, but you may not look at other student's answers. You must write your answer yourself.
Office hours are on Fridays from 1-2pm or by appointment. They will be held in the PDOS lounge on the 9th floor lounge of the Gates Tower in the Stata Center (32-G975). If no one is there, please check the TA's office.
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