15-712 Paper Summaries

An important component of 712 is critical reading of the assigned papers and coming to class ready to discuss them. To help you in this process, we require that you submit a short review of each paper before the beginning of the class during which we will discuss the paper.

Your summaries should:

We do not want a book report or a repeat of the paper's abstract. Rather, we want your considered opinions about the key points indicated above. Of course, if you have an insight that doesn't fit the above format, please include it as well. Summaries should be short, between 1/4 and 1/2 a page. Two representative examples of good summaries (from last year) are Jan15-summary (Unix paper) and Jan17-summary (Birrell & Nelson).

Summaries must be submitted on Canvas.

All summaries will be counted, and a random sample of the summaries will be graded. Do not skip class or come late just to finish a summary—we expect that everyone will miss a few, though skipping more than 10% will have a negative impact on your grade.

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