15-418/15-618: Parallel Computer Architecture and Programming, Spring 2023: Exams

Exam Dates

  • Exam 1: Mon Feb 20
  • Exam 2: TBD

Exam Logistics

  • Exams will take place during the regular lecture time and location on the dates above.
  • They are in-person exams (not online).
  • You must use either a black or blue pen when filling in the exam. (Otherwise your answers will not be readable when we scan the exams for grading in Gradescope.)
  • The exams are closed book, closed notes.
  • However, you may bring one (1) standard post-it (a 3 inch square) of handwritten notes.
  • You are not permitted to use a calculator, phone, or any other electronic aid.

Exam Coverage

  • Exam 1 will cover lectures 1-13 (i.e. up to and including Performance Monitoring Tools).
  • Exam 2 will cover lectures 14-26 (excluding the guest lecture from Amazon).

Preparing for the Exams

  • General Advice:
    • The written assignments were designed to help you prepare for the exam, both in terms of helping you review the material, and also for practicing the style of question that you might find on an exam.
    • Similar to the written assignments, you should expect to see a number of short-answer questions on the exams.
    • For problems where you are asked to choose an answer and explain your reasoning, your explanation is worth far more of the points than simply choosing the correct answer. So make sure that you understand the concepts well enough to explain them.
    • The exams in the Spring semester have a very different format (take-home rather than in-class), but if you are looking for some additional practice problems, you might want to check out the practice exams and solutions on the Spring 2022 exams web page.
  • Exam 1:
    • Review Session: TBD
  • Exam 2:
    • Review Session: TBD

Exam Score Distributions