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Computer Engineering Qualifying Exam Information


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Deadlines and Instructions for the August Qualifying Exam

Exam Dates: August 2017

July 15, 2017 -- Declare intent to take the Qualifying Exam and state your selections of primary and secondary areas. (Please submit by email to Natalie Edwards.)

August 15, 2017 -- 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 2017 Exam Offering


Computer Architecture

A Cloud-Scale Acceleration Architecture, MICRO 2016

VLSI, Switching Theory

32-bit Processor core at 5-nm technology: Analysis of transistor and interconnect impact on VLSI system performance," IEDM 2016

Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems

TensorFlow: A System for Large-Scale Machine Learning, OSDI 2016

Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering

“The Work Life of Developers: Activities, Switches and Perceived Productivity", Jan. 2017 IEEE

Fault-tolerant Computing and Reliability Engineering

Faultprog: Testing the Accuracy of Binary-Level Software Fault Injection", Jan. 2016 IEEE

Networks, Distributed Systems & Security

HUG: Multi-Resource Fairness for Correlated and Elastic Demands, NSDI 2016


The Computer Engineering Committee Members

  • Joanne Bechta Dugan, Chair
  • Samira Khan
  • Haiying Shen
  • Mircea Stan


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