ELEC513/COMP513: Complexity in modern systems

Lin Zhong, lzhong AT rice.edu; Office: DH3046
Office hours: Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm, or by appointment
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Wednesday 12:20pm-2:50pm; Abercrombie A121.
Nisal Menuka and Wenqiu Yu

  • Assignment:   20%
  • Participation:  20%
  • Presentation: 30%
  • Project: 30%

A modern computer is a system with enormous complexity in both software and hardware. The course presents the principles for managing such complexity using examples from modern computing systems. It covers emergent issues from system complexity such as energy efficiency, bug finding, and heterogeneous hardware. It also covers designing experiments and writing systems papers. The course consists of lectures, student presentation of classic papers, and in class discussion.

Each year ELEC513 features a different topic regarding the complexity of modern computer systems. For 2018, the topic is the complexity of large software systems, using the Linux operating system as an example. The lectures will cover the fundamentals for analyzing software systems, limitations of human mind (psychology and philosophy), and systemized knowledge of building complex software systems. Class assignments include reading papers, presenting ideas and one project about implementing a Linux kernel module using Rust.

Student presentation guide

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