is a take-home test, or maybe more like a mini-project that requires you to
define a problem, conduct literature research, compare the solutions and
think independently into the future.
the Papers link, every paper you read in this class
is important in the history of computer architecture evolution, especially
those that proposed a creative solution, which usually solved a bottleneck
problem and became the standard in our computer design industry.
a paper from our class collection, be prepared to read many papers and
industry news in the related field. After your study, create a report that
thoroughly analyzes this area. Note that you can also select a paper outside
our class collection if interested or needed. Just explain in the report why
you think this paper is important and deserves to be the subject of your
To start thinking:
- What was the background of
this paper in terms of computer architecture evolution? What was the
problem this paper addressed (explain in brief words)? And why was the
- Find 2~3 other papers that
proposed different solutions to the same problem. Compare these
solutions from all aspects you can think of – approach, performance,
cost, compatibility, popularity, etc. Use a table or any other of
presentation to organize your findings.
- Among these solutions,
which ones are more effective and what was the industry reaction? Were
there industry designs that incorporated the architecture or techniques
proposed by the papers you analyzed?
- If the paper under study
was written many years ago, what are the industry and academic trends
today? Did the problem disappear or changed? Is there a new problem now?
If there is, what are the efforts and results today trying to solve this
- Besides these, use your own
creativity to explore this topic and tell us your findings. For example,
what do you think the computer will look like 10 years later, in terms
of this part of design we have been discussing? Or what might have
happened today if the previous solution was not developed?
- Note that the above
questions are not ‘one size fit all’, and it is NOT our objective to
make you answer questions as in an exam. So do not turn in a list of
answers. Instead it is about learning a topic of your own interest,
conducting research on it and sharing the findings with your audiences.
Try to tell a story that attracts and motivates the reader to learn with
you through your study.
- The report should be in an
IEEE conference proceedings format, with up to 4 pages in length. Here
is a sample manuscript. You don’t have to stick to every
detail of the manuscript formatting specifications, but just make sure
that the report reads well.
- Do not copy lines or
paragraphs from the papers to make your report look like ‘long enough’. Write
in your own words. It can be short but it has to be original and
- For every paper or industry
news cited, put a reference at the end of the paper – just like when you
write a research paper. In this way you back up all your statements on