This assignment is due at 5:00pm on April 22nd and will
be graded by your TA and your CI instructor. Submit your write-up
and worksheet via
For the third critique, your job is to evaluate and
building on the analysis skills developed in the first and second
associated worksheet walks you
through the process of analyzing the system described in "Resilient
After filling in the worksheet, use the following guidelines to
organize your analysis into a 2-3 page critique of RON. Your
critique should take the form of a standalone document modeled in
part after a technical feasibility study. Your audience is a
community of peers who have not read the paper.
Keep in mind that the design goals listed on the worksheet --
simplicity, scalability, etc. -- may not be the only important goals
of the system. You should consider them in your critique, but there
may be other design goals mentioned in the paper that are just as
important; include those too!
While reading, consider whether you agree with the claims
that the paper makes. If the authors claim that a particular design
goal is met, do you agree? What evidence do the authors give to
support their claims, and is it enough? Include this analysis as
part of your critique.
Before beginning to write, think about how you might organize your
critique. You might assess each module in turn, or each design
goal. You might order design goals by importance (e. g. most to
least important) or by strength (strongest to weakest—or the
reverse!) Use your introduction to forecast and your conclusion to
recap. The critique should be approximately 750-900 words.
Remember that your assignment must paraphrase information
from the paper; you cannot simply re-use sentences from the RON paper.
- Introduction presents the system and prepares readers for
- Briefly summarizes how the system works.
- Identifies the priorities or design principles.
- Body of the paper presents your analysis of the system
- Explains which design goals are significant to the system
and how they are handled. This may include simplicity, scalability,
fault- tolerance, and security and other system-specific goals.
- If any common design goals are not significant to the system,
- Addresses any other important limitations or successes of the system
- Uses evidence from the text (use citation and/or section
references) to support each claim; you need not cite lectures.
- Conclusion summarizes the system and its key advantages and
- May respond to or re-connect to the introduction
Submit your write-up and worksheet using
site. We will not be grading the worksheet; we just want to see
how you used it as preparation, so that we can make future
iterations of the worksheet as helpful as possible.
Again, this assignment is due at 5:00pm on April 22nd, not