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Network Computer For Computer Architecture Education: A Progress Report

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.745.1 - 6.745.16



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Valerie Taylor

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Sumalatha Adabala

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Jose Miguel-Alonso

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Jose Fortes

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Rudolf Eigenmann

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Renato Figueiredo

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Nirav Kapadia

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Luis Vidal

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Jan-Jo Chen

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Network-Computer for Computer Architecture Education: a Progress Report Renato J. Figueiredoy, Jos A. B. Fortesy, Rudolf Eigenmanny e Nirav H. Kapadiay, Sumalatha Adabalay, Valerie Tayloryy Jose Miguel-Alonsozz, Luis Vidalz and Jan-Jo Chenz ySchool of ECE yyDepartment of ECE Purdue University Northwestern University zDept. of Mathematics and Computer Science Chicago State University zzDept. of Computer Architecture and Technology The University of the Basque Country

Abstract Computer engineers increasingly depend on the use of software tools to evaluate and inves- tigate the design of computer systems. It is therefore very important that educators in this eld promote extensive tool-based experimentation by students. However, the integration of today's complex tools into curricula poses several challenges to instructors. To deploy a tool-based class experiment, they must 1 obtain access to hardware resources that meet the requirements of the tool, and obtain access to student accounts on these resources; 2 install and maintain the tool software and documentation; 3 develop education content tutorials, assignments to be used in class. If many tools are intended to be used throughout the semester, the overheads are magni ed in proportion to the number of needed tools. Furthermore, it becomes important to 4 guarantee that tools are presented to students with user-friendly interfaces. This paper describes how these challenges are addressed by a universally accessible NETwork-computer for Computer Architecture Research and Education - NETCARE - that provides educators with a Web portal to access computing resources, executable tools and educational material. This infrastructure has been used in computer architecture and parallel programming classes for three years; the experience obtained from its extensive usage has motivated several im- provements in the infrastructure which are described in this paper. In terms of hardware This work was partially funded by the National Science Foundation under grants EIA-9975275 and EIA-9872516, by an academic reinvestment grant from Purdue University, and by the Comision Interministerial de Ciencia y Tec- nologia, Spain TIC98-1162-C02-02. Dr. Miguel-Alonso's stay at Purdue University is supported by the Secretaria de Estado de Universidades, Investigacion y Desarrollo, Spain. Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright c 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Taylor, V., & Adabala, S., & Miguel-Alonso, J., & Fortes, J., & Eigenmann, R., & Figueiredo, R., & Kapadia, N., & Vidal, L., & Chen, J. (2001, June), Network Computer For Computer Architecture Education: A Progress Report Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9596

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