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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 Jan 21st, 2014 Jan 25th, 2014 by 5am Rubric 50 75
        2 Version Control Jan 23rd, 2014 Jan 27th, 2014 by 5am Rubric 20 50
        3 C Programming 

        (Language, Tools, and Makefiles)
        Feb 4th, 2014 Feb 10th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 75
        4 C Programming Project Feb 6th, 2014 Feb 17th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        5 Performance Measurement Feb 13th, 2014 Feb 24th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 175
        6 Performance Optimization
        (Compilers and programmer techniques)
        Feb 20th, 2014 Mar 3rd, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        7 Performance Optimization Project Feb 27th, 2014 Mar 17th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        8 Performance Optimization
        (Memory Hierarchy)
        Mar 18th, 2014 Mar 24th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 175
        9 Endianness Mar 25th, 2014 Mar 31st, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        10 MIPS Assembly Programming (Basic) Apr 3rd, 2014 Apr 14th, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 150
        11 MIPS Assembly Programming (Intermediate) Apr 10th, 2014 Apr 23rd, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 175
        12 Network Socket Programming with Python Apr 22nd, 2014 May 1st, 2014 by 5am Rubric - 125