The first day of classes (2/5) // Lecture room change (2/5) // About handouts (2/5) // 6.033 lab (2/7) // Lab enrollment decided (2/8) // Getting The Mythical Man-Month (2/8) // Section assignments (2/13) // Assignment 2 reminder (2/18) // Excellent reports (2/19) // Final TA office hours (2/22) // Excellent report #2 (2/27) // Quiz review this Wednesday (3/3) // Lecture notes (2/25) // Lecture notes for quiz 1 (3/5) // Quiz 1 this Friday (3/3) // Assignment 5 reminder (3/11) // Assignment 6 changes (3/12) // Quiz 1 solutions (3/11) // Design project 1 (3/19) // New info for design project 1 (3/7) // Lecture 13 notes revised (3/31) // Lab assignment 3 out (4/4) // Quiz 2 info (4/10) // Lecture notes for quiz 2 (4/11) // PostScript problems (4/11) // Quiz review (4/17) // Meeting with the Registrar (4/24) // Lecture 17 notes revised (4/24) // Limitation of design project 2 (4/25) // Notes from Registrar meeting (4/26) // Design project news (4/27) // xFS paper available (5/6) // Quiz review (5/12) // Quiz 3 info (5/15)
The first day of classes
Important: 6.033 will hit the ground running on Tuesday, Feb. 6 (the first day of classes) by holding recitation section meetings that are not just organizational and administrative--they will have real content as well.
Pick any recitation section you want, not necessarily the one listed on your schedule. Try and pick a section with an instructor you have not had before. We will balance the sections after the first week or so.
In addition to the sections in the course schedule, two new sections have been assigned to 6.033. These sections are:
The first handouts will be available from this web site before Tuesday. Hardcopies will be handed out during the first recitation section on Tuesday.
Lectures in 34-101
Important: 6.033 lectures will happen in 34-101 (not in 54-100) on Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3pm. The course schedule lists the wrong lecture hall. (Friday special lectures will also be held in 34-101.)
The first couple of handouts for 6.033 are now available via the Handouts section of this page below. Also take a look at The Web and 6.033, which explains what you should expect from this page and the handouts.
The 6.033 lab
This year 6.033 is offering an additional elective 6-unit lab. The lab is designed to provide hands-on experience with computer systems. (more detailed information) You can sign up for the lab during the first recitation section on the first day of classes.
Lab enrollment this year is limited to one recitation section (about 20 people). This recitation section will meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm during the term; if you have a conflict, you cannot take the lab. You don't have to go to a 1pm section on the first day. We may need to limit enrollment if too many people sign up.
A lottery has been held, and the enrollment for the 6.033 lab has been decided. The list of students in the lab is available.
Some students have been having trouble finding The Mythical Man-Month at the Coop, we've heard. Quantum Books (down Ames Street away from MIT, at the corner of Ames and Broadway) had copies last we checked, and they are going for $7 less!
The (hopefully) complete list of students enrolled in 6.033, with final section assignments, is available here. Send email to eddietwo@lcs if there is a problem. Please check the student list to make sure you are listed, and that our information is correct.
Remember to turn in the second reading report in lecture on Tuesday.
The excellent reading reports page is up, with the selected report from Assignment 1.
Official TA office hours are now available on the general info page.
The selected report from Assignment 2 is up on the excellent reading reports page. Further excellent reports will be posted each Tuesday or so.
Prof. Kaashoek's notes on the first 8 lectures are now available online in HTML and PostScript. Lecture notes will be posted sporadically on the lecture notes page for the rest of the term.
There will be a review for Quiz 1 this Wednesday, March 6th, from 7-9pm in 34-101. If you can't make the review, or you also need more help, you should be sure to make use of your TA's office hours.
Quiz 1 will be held this Friday, March 8th, from 2-3pm in rooms 4-270 (last names A-L) and 4-370 (last names M-Z). The quiz is open book and open notes. It will cover all material up to and including this Monday's (3/4) lecture.
Don't forget that you have a reading report due Tuesday in recitation! The assignment can be found here.
Some minor changes have been made to assignment 6. The most important: they aren't Universal Resource Locators, they're Uniform Resource Locators.
Quiz 1 solutions will be handed out in recitation on Tuesday (3/12), and are also available online (see Handouts for a PostScript version).
There's now a section on the design project page for new and useful information that wasn't there originally, including the policy on late projects.
Design project 1 is now available. The design project handout and associated pointers are available from the design project page.
The lecture notes for Lecture 13 have been edited to clarify some issues about symmetric vs. asymmetric and public-key vs. private-key systems.
Assignment 3 for the 6.033 Lab is out. See Handouts, below.
Quiz 2 will be held on Friday, April 19. You can get more detailed information about it from the Assignment 9 handout. (The quiz information on the handout has been expanded since the handout was posted on Tuesday.) One important thing to notice is that there are three quiz rooms this time!
Recently, people have been having problems with the PostScript versions of the lecture notes (and maybe the handouts too): Ghostview reports some kind of error before anything appears. This is apparently because Athena has an old (broken) version of Ghostscript and Ghostview. You should still be able to print the file out by going to File > Print, despite the error. Please mail us if you have any other problems.
There will be a review for Quiz 2 tonight, Wednesday, April 17th, from 7-9pm in 34-101. If you can't make the review, or you also need more help, you should be sure to make use of your TA's office hours.
The Registrar, David Wiley, will hold a little lecture and question session Thursday night, April 25, to talk about the way the Registrar's Office currently handles registration forms, add/drops, etc. Please send only one person from each design project group.
The meeting will be Thursday from 5:30-6:30pm in 4-270.
The lecture notes for Lecture 17 have been revised. The most significant change is the addition of a paragraph on atomicity and concurrency.
Check out the design project page for information on a new limitation on the scope of the project.
There are some notes from the meeting with the registrar available in the pointers section of the design project page.
On the page about the meeting with the registrar, we've appended some issues the meeting brought up and one set of responses to those issues. Please check it out.
Further design project news will only be placed on the News section of the design project page. Please look there periodically for any new developments.
We've found a PostScript version of the xFS paper, which was handed out as Handout 29 and you need to read for your reading report tomorrow. See Handouts, below. The hardcopy version, which is still available from the course secretary, is formatted better, however.
There will be a review for Quiz 3 tomorrow, Monday, May 13th, during normal lecture hours (2-3pm in 34-101). This review will be a little different from the last ones. Before coming, please read the on-line lecture notes to get a general overview of the topics on the quiz, and prepare questions for us. We will be answering your questions and going over some of these sample problems, rather than giving a general overview of the term.
Quiz 3 will be held today, Wednesday, May 15. The quiz time is
2-3pm, and there are 3 rooms:
Students with last names beginning with A through H should go to 4-270.
Students with last names beginning with I through R should go to 4-370.
Students with last names beginning with S through Z should go to 2-190.
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