CASS, The Computer Architecture Summer School was organized by IITK for the first time and it has made its mark in its very first year covering the most important aspects of the field of Computer Architecture.
Our journey began much before the summer school started when our college professor advised us to attend the workshop which would prepare us for the official course Computer Architecture in our college. So 7 of us from IIITD registered for the workshop and to our delight, all of us were selected to attend the workshop.
We were overjoyed not only to be able to attend the workshop and learn about CA but also to be able to visit the much heard campus of IITK.
The first day introduced us with a title which was really apt and also drove us to crack the mystery and excitement to decipher behind the title and motivated us to relate each and every stuff taught to us in order to unlock the mysteries of the title.
“Breaking the Abstraction Barrier”.This title sure is a breakthrough in the field of engineering in general and the organisers had made real effort in revealing the various layers of the abstraction barrier on each day.Cheers to all the Profs!!
I was also really surprised by the amount of variety we had in terms of students.Some were professor in college,some were doing research in this field as PhD students,some were resuming their studies after 12 years of work experience and the list goes on.This was also one of the very unique aspect of CASS bringing like minded learners,passioonate researchers and professors under one roof.
Starting from Performance issues-Caches-Memory-Parallelism. Wow there was so much to learn which was sometimes overwhelming too :p. The hands on session were my favourite ones and I used to bug the TA’s about why ,what ,how and I learnt a lot during those sessions.I bet SUDHANSHU bhaiya still remembers my name Ankur because of how much I used to bug him with Why,What,Why not,What if and I learned a lot from the answers he gave to me.Samuel and Nayan bhaiya were equally helpful and I really enjoyed talking ,asking from them.Biswa Sir had a good set of interns under him.
My favourite lectures were those conducted on Memory by Govind Sir.He explained in a very Lucid manner and it ignited my attraction towards memory systems.I liked the way how swiftly he moved from the very basic to the current research topics.I hope to be able to work with him if I pursue this field in the future.
Unfortuately we had to leave one day before the end of the workshop and we missed the grand dinner as well :(.
The fourth day was the best day when we got to work on CHAMP-SIM and Gem-5 along with spectacular talks by Profs-“WHY TO DO RESEARCH?”.This was again one of the highlights of the workshop?I still remeber Biswa Sir’s laugh and filling in the blanks when the recorder is off when Govibd Sir mentioned “XL-YL is fashionable and cool”!!.
The talks by people from industry (AMD) were also insightful. All in all it was a really nice start to CASS which I believe will become better and better as time progresses.Maybe XL-YL can help to predict how to get even better results :p. I believe more hands-on session may be more fruitful in the future and much more fun as well.Hoping to work with some of the professors in the near future and helping others as TA in the next CASS.
Signng off , with the vivid view of RUSSIA beating SPAIN from the lively match that we saws in OPEN AIR THEATRE.
GOODBYE AND HAVE A NICE TIME !!!