Welcome to 15-213


Thursday, May 2, 2002

Please remember, the final exam is scheduled for the following time and place:

Thursday, May 9 from 01:00p.m.-04:00p.m in DH 2210.

In order to be of service to you, we have extended our office hours schedule to include finals week. Unfortuantely, times and places needed to move around a little bit to accomodate the different activities of this season.

Below are are office hours for next week:

        Greg:        Monday,     2:00-4:00PM     WeH 8020
        Mengzhi:     Tuesday,    1:30-3:30PM     WeH 3108
        Greg:        Tuesday,    2:00-3:15PM     WeH 8020
        Anusha:      Wednesday, 10:00-11:30AM    WeH 3130
        Shaheen:     Wednesday,  1:00-2:30PM     WeH 52xx cluster
        Greg:        Wednesday,  3:30-5:30PM     WeH 8020
        James:       Wednesday,  4:30-6:00PM     WeH 52xx cluster

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Lab #7 is now available -- enjoy! Please remember, as always, we're here to help!

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Please see the bookshelf area for updates to your textbook. The authors, Profs. Bryant and O'Hallaran, were kind enough to give us these brand-new, hot-off-the-presses updates. Don't you wish every textbook came with free upgrades?

Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Lab #6 is now available. If you have any questions ot concerns, please email staff-213@cs. You will generally get a faster response by emailing the list than by emailing an individual staffer directly.

As always, we're here to help!

Thursday, March 21, 2002

A couple of prior exam #2's have, as well as their solutions, have been posted in the exam area.

Please let us know how we can be of service. As always -- we're here to help.

Monday, March 18, 2002

The was a minor glitch in the reference solution to Lab #5. It attempted to play with a dead job. We've fixed the solution and created a new tar file within the L5 directory, which replaces the old one. We've very sorry for any confusion or inconvenience.

Anusha will be holding her office hours at a different time than usual tomorrow only. They will be from 1:30 - 3:00PM in the 52xx cluster.

As always, we're here to help -- please let us know how we can be of service.

Wednesday, March 15, 2002

Midsemester grade reports, including sideline statistics and some pretty pictures were distributed in class today. If you didn't pick yours up, feel free to stop by Greg's office. Otherwise, they'll be available during recitation on Monday.

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

Lab 4 Scoreboard is up!

The web submission system for lab 4 is now up. To submit your work, follow the links off of the Labs page to register your group and submit individual code files. Our performance server will not run your code until you have submitted all three files (rotate.c, rotate_cache.c, and smooth.c) each time you want your code evaluated.

Please report any problems with the performance server to the staff-213@cs mailing list. Good luck with the lab!

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Exam #1 is approaching -- Tuesday, February 26, 2002!

Some information about the exam, as well as exams and solutions from the last couple of semesters are now available on-line. You will be prompted for an Andrew Userid and password, before being allowed to download the exams or solutions. Enjoy!

As always, we're here to help. Please let us know how we can be of service.

Saturday, Febrary 16, 2002

Lab #2 grades have been set out. Please let us know if there are any surprises, or if we can do anything -- as always, we're here to help.

Friday, Febrary 15, 2002

The staff-213@cs mailing list is back on-line. For the fastest response please email the list instead of individual staff members.

As always, we're here to help. Please let us know how we can be of service.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

Lab #3: Defusing the Buffer Bomb is available. Your chance to be a hacker -- enjoy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Lab #2 grades are rounded up to the nearest point. This has the effect fo giving you 3 free explosions. So, if your bomb accidentally went !!!BANG!!! a few times, please don't worry about it.

Monday, February 11, 2002

Student photos are now posted. An andrew userid and password are required to view them. Please contact Prof. Kesden if your photo is missing.

Sunday, February 10, 2002

The solution to this weeks homework problem has been posted in the Homework area. If you have any questions, please ask. As always, we're here to help.

Thursday, Febrary 7, 2002

Mengzhi's office hours are now held in WeH 3108.

Wednesday, Febrary 6, 2002

Solutions to assigned homework problems are now available on-line. We'll update these each weekend to give you a few days to try problems before the solutions become the "talk of the town".

Wednesday, Febrary 6, 2002

Prof. Kesden is meeting with a couple of guests of the School today at 3:00. Unfortunately, this will cut his office hours a bit short. He will be back around this evening, if you need help. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Lab #1 grades have been emailed. The solution to lab #1 is available via the Labs Page.

As always, we're here to help. Please let us know how we can be of service.

Thursday, January 31, 2002

Lab #2: Defusing the Binary Bomb is available. It is a really cool lab -- especially if you start early enough to avoid clouding it with stress.

Also, we've posted links to some interesting material related to the P6 architecture, as well as some other fun stuff, in the Bookshelf area. Please take a look -- something may catch your eye.

As always -- we're here to help. Please let us know how we can be of service.

Friday, January 25, 2002

The source code and slides from last night's help session have been posted on-line. You can access them via the recitation page.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Please remember the C Help Session tonight at 8:00PM in WeH 7500.

I've repackaged the project materials into two different distributions: one for Solaris/sparc and the other for Linux/x86. The difference is the build of the dlc test program. I also updated the provided Makefile to include a slight change to the handin directory structure. Please grab a new copy of the tar file -- I think you'll probably want the new Makefile, if nothing else.

Accounts on the fish machines have been created. Please give yours a try.

We took student photos in class today. If you weren't available, please drop by Greg Kesden's office to get your picture taken. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

I forgot to announce the suggested reading and practice problems in class today. Please read sections 2.2 and 2.3 in your textbook and give problems 2.40 and 2.45 a shot. The slides from today's class do have this listed. I am very sorry for this oversight. As always, we're here to help -- please let us know how we can be of service.

Monday, January 21, 2002

A few of the TAs have adjusted thier office hours slightly. Please check the staff page or the syllabus for the updated information.

Saturday, January 19, 2002

The staff-213@cs mailing list is now on-line. Please let us know how we can be of service. That's why we're here.

Friday, January 18, 2002

Accounts have not yet been created on the fish machines. This will be done early next week. Please work on another system, such as the Andrew "unix*.andrew.cmu.edu" machines. We are very sorry for any inconvenience.

Accounts will be created for everyone -- even those on the waitlist.

Thursday, January 17, 2002

Please rememebr that the staff-213@cs mailing list won't be active until late in the day Friday. To play it safe, please send mail to gkesden@cs until the weekend. We are very sorry for the inconvenience

Lab #1: Data Lab is available. Go to it and have fun. As always, please let us know how we can be of service. We're here to help!

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Recently, we've been receiving many inquires about the wait list. The current wait list is over 50 students long. We have 19 seats available in lecture. We consider these seats to be the limiting factor. We are optimistic that normal enrollment attrition, combined with normal wait list attrition will enable us to enroll most, if not all, of waiting students. Patients and optimism are the key, but no promises.

We've also received many inquiries about waitlists with respect to resectioning recitations. We will do our best to assist you in moving from one section to another. But, invariably, certain times of the day are more convenient than others. We'll do the best we can, but no promises. For the moment, please attend the recitation for which you are enrolled.