15-740 Fall '07
Advice on How to Lead an In-Class Discussion

There are several motivations for our in-class discussions. First, we would like you to be exposed to the state-of-the-art in computer architecture, including the most recent developments in industry as well as the latest academic studies. If you simply read an architecture textbook, you may get the mistaken impression that all of the questions have been answered already; in reality, things have been changing quite rapidly, both in research and in practice. Second, we would like you to get a feel for how one conducts good research in computer architecture. Finally, we hope that some of the open questions that will arise in our discussions might help spark ideas for your research project in this course.

With these goals in mind, here are some tips on how to lead a successful discussion:

Todd Mowry