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This course is organized around 12 in-class labs on varying topics.

Lab Reports:

Each lab requires you to write a lab report that answers key questions as you work through the lab. These reports should follow the format of the LibreOffice template provided here. Answers to most lab questions can be short; a few sentences is generally sufficient.

The first lab (and only the first lab!) will be submitted via the Canvas site. For all other labs, everything (programs source code, lab reports, etc...) must be checked into the corresponding lab directory in version control and pushed to the online repository.

Lab Reports must be submitted in PDF format, not as LibreOffice files (Choose File->Export as PDF).  Documents not in PDF format will be returned ungraded.


    Pre-Lab checkpoints are due at the beginning of class of the corresponding lab. A "checkpoint" is simply a quick verification that the requested activity was complete. Detailed grading will be done when the full lab report is submitted.

    The full Lab Report is due by 5:00am on the dates listed in the table below. (The intent is that you finish it up at your leisure the night before, rather than waiting till the last second and submitting it at 4:59am...)


      To account for the varying amount of work required, each lab is worth a different point amount, as listed in the table below.


        Lab #TopicLab Start DateLab Report Due DatePoints Per ProblemPre-Lab PointsLab Points
        1 Linux Basics Aug 31st, 2021 Sep 6th, 2021 by 5am Rubric 50 60
        2 Version Control Sep 2nd, 2021
        Sep 8th, 2021 by 5am Rubric 15 45
        3 C Programming 

        (Language, Tools, and Makefiles)
        Sep 6th, 2021 Sep 13th, 2021 by 5am Rubric - 70
        4 C Programming Project Sep 13th, 2021 Sep 28th, 2021 by 5am Rubric - 150
        5 Performance Measurement Sep 23rd, 2021
        Oct 6th, 2021 by 5am Rubric - 140
        6 Performance Optimization
        (Compilers and programmer techniques)
        Sep 30th, 2021 Oct 17th, 2021 by 5am Rubric - 160
        7 Performance Optimization
        (Memory Hierarchy)
        Oct 10th, 2021

        Oct 21st, 2021 by 5am

        Rubric - 160
        8 Network Socket Programming
        Oct 19th, 2021

        Oct 28th, 2021 by 5am

        Rubric - 120
        9 Network Socket Programming
        Oct 26th, 2021

        Nov 3rd, 2021 by 5am

        Rubric - 120
        10 MIPS Assembly Programming
        Nov 2nd, 2021 Nov 11th, 2021 by 5pm
        Rubric - 125
        11 MIPS Assembly Programming
        Nov 4th, 2021 Nov 19th, 2021 by 5am Rubric - 135
        12  MIPS Assembly Programming
         Nov 5th, 2021 Dec 2nd, 2021 by 5am  Rubric -  135