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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 Sakai 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 Sept 2nd, 2014 Sept 6th, 2014 by 5am Rubric 50 75
        2 Version Control Sept 4th, 2014 Sept 8th, 2014 by 5am Rubric 20 50
        3 C Programming 

        (Language, Tools, and Makefiles)
        Sept 9th, 2014 Sept 15th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 70
        4 C Programming Project Sept 16th, 2014 Sept 22nd, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        5 Performance Measurement Sept 23rd, 2014 Sept 29th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        6 Performance Optimization
        (Compilers and programmer techniques)
        Sept 30th, 2014 Oct 6th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        7 Performance Optimization Project Oct 7th, 2014 Oct 15th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        8 Performance Optimization
        (Memory Hierarchy)
        Oct 16th, 2014 Oct 22nd, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 175
        9 Endianness Oct 23rd, 2014 Oct 29th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        10 MIPS Assembly Programming (Basic) Nov 6th, 2014 Nov 17th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        11 MIPS Assembly Programming (Intermediate) Nov 18th, 2014 Dec 1st, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 175
        12 Network Socket Programming with Python Dec 2nd, 2014 Dec 8th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 125