Your grade will be determined as follows:
- Midterm will be about 2/3
through semester, and 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, Cloud and/or P2P computing, on one or
more Linux clusters. This project will be done in teams of 2
- 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
- All submissions of
assignments will be via email to me. Posted deadlines for program
submission are sharp; standard Unix time of
submission is used.
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 individual efforts, unless otherwise specified by the
- We expect you to
follow all UMIACS and UMD guidelines for responsible machine usage.
- 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 time.
- 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 forbidden.
- 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
- 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 past semesters, multiple
systems faculty members caught multiple students who thought they could
hide their collaboration in various classes.