Primary Text (optional)
Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure (2nd Edition), Morgan
Tentative Grading Plan
Your grade will be determined as follows:
- The final exam will be comprehensive.
- Mid-term (if we have one) may be take-home.
- A first project, in C or C++, to become familiar with
parallel/distributed programming on a Linux cluster. Accounts will be forthcoming.
- A second larger project, related to Grid and/or
P2P computing, on
one or more Linux clusters. This project will be done in teams of 2 people.
- The projects should be submitted by 6:00 pm on the day
they are due.
Late projects will be not be accepted.
- The instructor reserves the right to fail, regardless of overall numeric score,
students who do not submit on-time a good faith attempt to complete
the programming assignments.
- All submissions of assignments will be via email to
me. Posted deadlines for program submission are
standard Unix time of submission is used.
Intellectual Integrity, Academic Honesty, and Cheating
- The college policy on academic dishonesty is strictly followed.
All graded materials (whether exams or programming assignments) must be strictly
- We expect you to follow all UMIACS and UMD guidelines for responsible machine
- Dr. Sussman is the information owner for all
Linux cluster accounts in this class, and all files in those accounts may be inspected by him at any
- Allowing another student not in your group to examine a listing of your program or
examining the listing of another student's program (not in your
group), for any reason, is strictly
- Logging onto another student's account, for any reason, is cheating.
- Attempting to falsely represent the correctness of your program, or to
delay other members of the class from completing a programming assignment, is cheating.
- The standard penalty for any cheating is to receive a grade of
XF in the course. This grade denotes failure due to academic dishonesty, and your
transcript will be so annotated.
- Automatic tools may be used to compare your solution to
that of every other current or past student in this class, so it will be very
difficult to hide any collaboration.
The risk of getting caught is too high, and the standard penalty
is way too high (grade of XF). In Spring 2003, multiple systems faculty members caught multiple students who
thought they could hide their collaboration in CMSC 412.