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Computer Engineering Qualifying Exam Information


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Deadlines and Instructions for the August Qualifying Exam

Exam Dates: August 2016

July 10, 2016 -- Declare intent to take the Qualifying Exam and state your selections of primary and secondary areas. (Please submit by email to Natalie Edwards.)

August 10, 2016 -- Student will submit a 3-page written report on the Type-1 paper to Prof. Dugan by email.

Day of the Exam -- Provide the Director of CpE with a partially complete PhD Examination Report and Program Specific Qualifying Exam Report form at the time of the exam. These forms will be completed by the committee and submitted to the CpE office after the exam.

The areas identified in Computer Engineering Graduate Handbook for the qualifiers are as follows:

  1. Computer Architecture
  2. VLSI, Switching Theory
  3. Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems
  4. Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering
  5. Fault-tolerant Computing and Reliability Engineering
  6. Networks, Distributed Systems and Security


NOTE: Please read the handbook carefully and note the committee’s expectations. The committee will both “assess the student’s potential to begin doctoral-level research,” as well as examine fundamental understanding by asking questions on “related topics.” Therefore, students should not only understand the problem and solution presented in the paper (and demonstrate the “abilities” listed in the handbook), but also be responsible for background material (which is *not* limited to references in the paper) for the question-answer session.



List of Papers for the August 2016 Exam Offering


Computer Architecture

MorphCore: An Energy-Efficient Microarchitecture for High Performance ILP and High Throughput TLP, 2012 IEEE/ACM 45th Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture.

VLSI, Switching Theory

Dual-Threshold Voltage Techniques for Low-Power Digital Circuits, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 35, No. 7, July 2000.

Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems

Real-Time Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks for Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 104, No. 5, May 2016.

Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering

CP-Miner: A Tool for Finding Copy-paste and Related Bugs in Operating System Code, USENIX Association, OSDI '04, 6th Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation.

Fault-tolerant Computing and Reliability Engineering

Run-Time Recovery Mechanism for Transient and Permanent Hardware Faults Based on Distributed, Self-organized Dynamic Partially ReconīŦgurable Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, DOI 10.1109/TC.2015.2506558.

Networks, Distributed Systems & Security

Ethernet: Distributed Packet Switching for Local Computer Networks, Association for Copmuting Machinery, Inc., 1976.



The Computer Engineering Committee Members

  • Joanne Bechta Dugan, Chair
  • Samira Khan
  • Mircea Stan
  • Alfred Weaver


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