Current research in distributed systems often deals with decentralized, dynamic, large-scale systems. Innovative self-configuring overlay networks such as Gnutella are fostering research in the domain of large-scale, dynamic systems, often labeled Peer-to-Peer systems. This seminar course aims to explore some of the tools necessary for doing research in this domain.
The course is structured with the twin goals of providing (a) an in-depth understanding of current topics in Internet research, and (b) experience in the review, analysis, and presentation of advanced technical material. The class workload has a participation component and a final project.
In each class we cover two research papers. Before the class, you must all read the papers and develop brief answers to a set of standard questions, as follows:
You may find the article The task of a referee useful. Your reviews must be submitted by midnight before class (firm deadline!) by email to email@example.com. Your submissions will be posted on the Web before class.
Each paper is discussed in class. Discussions will be lead by one or more students and may include a brief presentation of the paper (5-7 minutes). You should follow this guidelines on how to handle these presentations, but in brief, you should:
Moderate at least one class discussion (the number of moderated discussions per student depends on the number of students in the class). The moderator is evaluated based on the number of active participants and the quality of the discussion.
Participate in other moderators' discussions. Note that you need do this if you want an active discussion session when you'll moderate next time...
Deliverables of the leading group:
Prepare a copy of you discussion plan for each class participant. Before class, send your plan to Anda.
Master critique (see guidelines) is due before the class following the class discussion moderated by your group.
The leading group does NOT need to turn in paper evaluations for that class.
Students taking the course for credit are required to complete a project and a paper describing the results of this project. The project is intended to provide you with an opportunity to gain experience with research in a topic related to the content of the course.
In order to provide enough time for reasonable progress, as well as instructor feedback, the following milestones must be adhered to:
The final projects are graded and evaluated by all students: each student reads all final papers and assists to all final project presentations and for each paper/presentation answers the same standard questionnaire as for the papers read during the course.
The final grade reflects the performance as moderator, as paper reader and reviewer, as evaluator of the colleagues’ projects, and the quality of the own project, as evaluated by instructor.
|Date||Class Schedule/Reading||Leading group||Evaluations|
|1||March 27||Introduction to the class and overview material [ppt].||Ian|
|2||March 29||[SRC84], [BC01]||Ian, Yu, Mindy|
|3||April 3||[SRC84], [BC01] (rescheduled)||Ian, Yu, Mindy||[eval], [summary]|
Project proposals due.
|Anda, Kavitha, Ivona||[eval] [summary]|
|5||April 10||[BBBC01], [ZDPS01]||Rahul, Matei, Xuehai||[Eval]|
|6||April 12||[LAJ99], [CDGN01]||Mindy, Catalin, Yu||[Eval] [summary]|
|7||April 17||[FFF99], [BKMR00]||Ian, Ivona||[Eval] [Summary]|
NOTE: at least 1 paper evaluation due by midnight before class!
|Xuehai, Yu, Janos, Rahul||[Eval]|
|9||April 24||[BJSM01] (abstract , PDF), [KSBB99]||Matei, Mindy||[Eval]|
Project summary due
|11||May 1||[RFHK01] [RHKS02]||Mindy, Yu||[Eval] [summary]|
|12||May 3||[ABKM01] [CDHR]||Linda, Matei||[Eval]|
|13||Monday, May 6||[EGHK99] [HSWH00]||Ian, Anda||[Eval]|
|14||May 10||No class.|
|15*||May 15||See this|
|16||May 17||[DPMM01] [GKWC02]||Kavitha, Anda||[Eval]|
|17||May 23, 8:30 am||Please note the special day and time!||Mindy, Yu||[Eval] [summary]|
|18||May 24||Project report due.||Oleg||[Eval]|
|19||May 29||Final discussion.|
|20||May 31, 8 am||Presentation of student projects.|
* Instructor is traveling: we will need to either reschedule, or proceed with the TA