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Parallel computer organization and design, lp3 VT11, EDA281/DIT360

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2011-03-18 - 2011-03-24
Antal svar: 9
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 33%
Kontaktperson: Rebecca S»

Your own effort

1. How much of the assigned reading did you complete?

9 svarande

None»1 11%
Very little»3 33%
Some»2 22%
Most»3 33%
All»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.77

- read about 2/3.» (Some)
- there were only a few i couldnt read in deatil but i went through most. Almost all were interesting topics. » (Most)

2. If you did not do the reading, why not?

5 svarande

It was too hard to understand»1 20%
I had too much other work to do»2 40%
It was not important to me»0 0%
It was not interesting to me»0 0%
There was too much assigned reading»2 40%

Genomsnitt: 3

- Too difficult and too much to read» (It was too hard to understand)
- It was a combination of a lot of other work to do and that it was to much reading all in one go. It would be much better if the reading was more evenly distributed during the whole course.» (I had too much other work to do)

3. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?*

9 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»3 33%
Around 20 hours/week»2 22%
Around 25 hours/week»2 22%
Around 30 hours/week»2 22%
At least 35 hours/week»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.33 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

4. How large part of the teaching offered did you attend?*

9 svarande

0%»1 11%
25%»1 11%
50%»2 22%
75%»0 0%
100%»5 55%

Genomsnitt: 3.77 (bidrar till totalt genomsnitt/jämförelseindex)

Genomsnitt totalt för detta stycke: 3.05

Goals and goal fulfilment

5. How understandable are the course goals?

8 svarande

I have not seen/read the goals»1 12%
The goals are difficult to understand»0 0%
The goals give some guidance, but could be clearer»4 50%
The goals clearly describe what I am supposed to learn»3 37%

Genomsnitt: 3.12

6. Are the goals reasonable considering your background and the number of credits?

7 svarande

No, the goals are set too low»0 0%
Yes, the goals seem reasonable»7 100%
No, the goals are set too high»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2

7. Did the examination assess whether you have reached the goals?

9 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

No, not at all»0 0%
To some extent»1 11%
Yes, definitely»1 11%
I don"t know/have not been examined yet»5 55%

- There is no exam for this course!» (I don"t know/have not been examined yet)
- I fail the first exercise and lose the confidence to pass the course» (I don"t know/have not been examined yet)

Teaching and course administration

8. How useful did you find the assigned textbook?

8 svarande

Not at all»0 0%
Somewhat»5 62%
Very»0 0%
Essential»3 37%
It varied»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

- Reading textbook does not help to finish the assignments » (Somewhat)
- didn"t have much time to read but the parts I read were OK» (Somewhat)

9. How do you rate the amount of assigned reading?

8 svarande

Too little»1 12%
About right»4 50%
Too much»3 37%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

- too difficult for me» (Too little)
- Since there are a lot of articles, try to emphasize which articles that are mandatory to read and which that are just for the interested. Also distribute the reading ore evenly during the course. Now we got all articles during reading week 4-6.» (Too much)

10. Rate your level of interest in the discussions during exercises.

8 svarande

Not interesting/off topic»1 12%
Somewhat interesting»2 25%
Very interesting»4 50%
Indispensible»0 0%
I did not participate in the discussions»1 12%

Genomsnitt: 2.75

11. How useful did you find the exercise session?

8 svarande

Not useful»0 0%
Somewhat useful»3 37%
Very useful»5 62%
Indispensible»0 0%
I did not attend the exercise sessions»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.62

- very helpful and interesting discussions to clarify different stuff» (Very useful)

12. Rate the level of difficulty of the exercises.

8 svarande

Too trivial/easy»0 0%
About right»3 37%
Too hard»5 62%
Impossible»0 0%
I did not do the exercises»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.62

- but lot of exercises» (About right)
- The exercises were about right but it sometimes felt like we were not really prepared with the necessary knowledge to do them, therefore it took a lot of time. They were good in order to force us to read and learn a lot of things.» (Too hard)

13. What would improve the quality of the lab exercises?

Please check all that apply.

9 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

More parallel programming»4 44%
More simulation experiments»0 0%
More experiments on real hardware platforms»3 33%
The labs were OK as is»3 33%

- Try to avoid tedious, repetitive simulation experiments that take a lot of time. It"s boring and there must be better ways to find out about the targeted learning outcomes.» (More parallel programming)

14. Do you prefer the current survey paper requirement to a written exam?

8 svarande

Yes»6 75%
No»1 12%
We should do both»0 0%
We should have a choice»1 12%

Genomsnitt: 1.5

- excerices session were sufficient to learn about problem solving. survey paper is avery good idea.» (Yes)
- We actually read the research papers thoroughly and hence it makes us habbit to read papers along with text books.» (Yes)
- But it would be good if the survey paper work had started earlier.» (Yes)

15. Please provide any specific comments you have about the textbook.

- nothing specific»
- better to attach where we can find the answer(e.g which page) in the textbook after each problem»

16. To what extent has the teaching been of help for your learning?

8 svarande

Small extent»1 12%
To some extent»1 12%
Large extent»4 50%
Great extent»2 25%

Genomsnitt: 2.87

- I didnot read much» (To some extent)

17. To what extent has the course literature and other material been of help for your learning?

8 svarande

Small extent»1 12%
Some extent»4 50%
Large extent»3 37%
Great extent»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.25

- one problem is that it is always difficult to solve the exercise by reading the textbook.» (Some extent)
- some of the articles were really useful» (Large extent)

18. How well did the course administration, web page, handouts etc work?

7 svarande

Very badly»1 14%
Rather badly»4 57%
Rather well»2 28%
Very well»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 2.14

- there existed a problem till the webpage was mended after that we didnt have any kind of problem.» (?)
- I know there were some personal problems and a lot of other work to do that couldn"t be helped but that really impeded the course. Try to get things up on the homepage faster. Try to stick to the schedule and announce changes more in advance.» (Very badly)

Study climate

19. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help?

8 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»0 0%
Rather good»0 0%
Very good»7 87%
I did not seek help»1 12%

Genomsnitt: 4.12

20. How well has cooperation between you and your fellow students worked?

8 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»1 12%
Rather well»1 12%
Very well»4 50%
I did not seek coopeation»2 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.87

- Maybe to get a partner from the very beginning is better» (Rather poorly)

Summarizing questions

21. What topics, if any, would you recommend covering in more detail in future offerings of this course?

- more on orchestration using shared and message passing »
- some basic parts like how to analysis assembly code »
- I would have liked more about the programming paradigms. More hands on experience with programming with message passing and shared memory and more explained examples of decomposing orchestrating and assigning in a program.»

22. If you answered the previous question, how would you like those topics to be covered?

Please, check all that apply.

9 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

In lecture»1 11%
In readings»2 22%
In exercises»2 22%
In labs»1 11%

23. I feel that I learned the fundamentals of parallel computer design sufficiently well to:

Please check all that apply.

9 svarande

(på denna fråga var det möjligt att välja flera svarsalternativ)

Reason about design tradeoffs»3 33%
Understand the literature on general topics»6 66%
Find more information when I want it»3 33%
I did not learn the fundamentals of parallel computer design»0 0%

24. What aspects of parallel computer design would you like to study in more depth?

Please answer in comment box below.

- there are more choice in this case i would like to investigate on SMT»
- Multithreading»
- can not answer this question»
- programming paradigms»
- I am mainly interested in the recently evolved or created programming paradigms regarding parallel computer design like programming languages/frameworks dealing with multi-core/multiprocessor systems. »

25. What is your general impression of the course?

8 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 12%
Adequate»3 37%
Good»2 25%
Excellent»2 25%

Genomsnitt: 3.62

- Good but can be even better if things get more organized.» (Good)

26. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- the survey papers handed out, the focus on imaginative thinking (how should architecture look like instead of how we make architecture today)»
- survey paper»
- All except assignments.»
- survey paper»
- Some article readings, exercise sessions and some exercise assignments.»
- Writing survey papers»

27. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- I felt webapage was the only problem, as it is mended now there is nothing to be commented in this case.»
- exercises»
- Be more organized in the beginning of the course.»
- The difficulty level of exercises should be revised, they took me a lot to do them. »

28. Additional comments

- Altogether this course was really nice, with update of today"s techcnology.Survey paper was a good idea.Little mis communication due to mending of webpage,but everything went fine later.»
- Sorry to fail the course, i lose the confidence to pass it so i skip the rest part.»
- It"s really cool to have a professor who is involved with so much research stuff and to hear some about it. I find it quite amazing that Sally has such a network and knows so many interesting people around the world in both academia and in industry.»

Additional comments

Genomsnitt totalt för alla frågor: 3.05
Beräknat jämförelseindex: 0.51

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