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Computer Engineering Qualifying Exam Information

Exam Date August 2012


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Tentative Dates for August Qualifying Exam

July 15, 2012 -- Declare intent to take the Qualifying Exam and state your selections of primary and secondary areas. (Please submit by email to Natalie Edwards.)

August 1, 2012 -- Submit G-form to the Computer Engineering Office.

August 15, 2012 -- 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 completed G-107 (Qualifying Exam Report) at the time of the exam. The form 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:

  • Computer Architecture
  • VLSI, Switching Theory
  • Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems
  • Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering
  • Fault-tolerant Computing and REliability Engineering
  • 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.

Official List of papers for the Computer Engineering Qualifiers

Computer Architecture

Kontorninis, Vasileios et al. "Managing Distributed UPS Energy for Effective Power Capping in Data Centers." 39th International Symposium on Computer Architecture, June 2012.

VLSI, Switching Theory

Galal, S., and Horowitz, M., "Energy-Efficient Floating-Point Unit Design." IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol 60, No. 7, July 2011.

Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems

Boyd-Wickizer, Silas et al. "An Analysis of Linux Scalability to Many Cores." 9th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation, OSDI10, 2010, Oct. 4-6 2010, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering

Arcuri, Andrea et al, "Random Testing: Theoretical Results and Practical Implications." IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol 38, No. 2, March/April 2012.

Fault-tolerant Computing and Reliability Engineering

Rodrigues, Rodrigo et al. "Automatic Reconfiguration for Large-Scale Reliable Storage Systems." IEEE Transacitons on Dependable and Secure Computing, Vol. 9, No. 2, March/April 2012.

Networks, Distributed Systems & Security

Kim, Changhoon et al. "Floodless in SEATTLE: A Scalable Ethernet Architecture for Large Enterprises." SIGCOMM'08, August 17-22, 2008, Seattle, Washington, USA.

The Computer Engineering Committee Members

Joanne Bechta Dugan, Chair
Malathi Veeraraghavan
Marty Humphrey

Past Qualifying Exams in Computer Engineering

August 2012 Qualifying Exam Information

January 2012 -- Qualifying Exam Information

August 2011 No Exams