Paper Summary

An important component of this class is the reading and discussions of systems research papers. To help you with this and to ensure we have a productive discussion in class, you are required to write a concise summary for the required papers before each class and submit the review.

We have provided a summary template* to help you write the review. You do not have to follow the outline. But your review must summarize the key points of the paper and your thoughts.

*: The template is updated 01:00 EST Jan 26, 2021. If you downloaded one before this timestamp, please download the new template again.

We may include a question some paper in the assignment column of the schedule page. In that case, you have to answer the questions in your review summary.

If there are two or more required papers listed in one lecture, you are required to write a review for one of them (typically the first listed paper will be discussed extensively, so we suggest you to write review for that paper). You are encouraged to briefly compared and contrast that paper with the others in your review. But note, this choice only applies to the review—you must still read all the required papers.

You are also welcome to include in your summary the questions that you would like to be discussed in class.


Your reviews should *not* copy-paste large chunk of the paper's descriptions. They must come from your own interpretation and thinking. We encourage you to form a discussion/reading group to more effectively read the papers. But you should write the reviews independently.

Copying reviews found on the Internet or from others is also disallowed. That will constitute a violation of the academic integrity policies and result in serious consequences.