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Guidelines for Audience

For the days that you are not presenting a paper (i.e. most days), you have a reduced but still important role in the class. To successfully participate in the paper discussion, in advance of the class you should:

  • Read the selected paper for that day
  • Upload to the class Sakai site (for credit!) a 1-2 page document. This document should:
    • Briefly summarize the paper. What technical and scientific contributions does this paper make? How does it fit into the field of cloud computing? Why should we care about it? (2-3 paragraphs)
    • Briefly describe at least two strengths of the paper. What did the authors do well? Justify your answer. (1-2 paragraphs)
    • Briefly describe at least two weaknesses of the paper. Is there an error in the paper? Did the authors not consider technically relevant items? Is the argument incorrect or incomplete? What would be interesting future research that could be done to continue this paper? Justify your answer. (1-2 paragraphs)
    • List at least three questions about the paper that you have for either the presenter or other audience members. Questions could focus on the paper's technical content, background information that the paper author's assume their readers possess, or the place of this paper in the larger cloud computing field.


For information on how this document will be graded, please see the Grading Rubric for Audience Members. Participation in class discussions is also included as part of your grade for these summaries. Note that paper summaries are due at the beginning of class and will not be accepted late.