Stanford University EE380
Computer Systems Colloquium Schedule
Summer     2014

EE380, the Computer Systems Colloquium, is getting a makeover as the University changes how it manages on-line classes.

Videos are now encoded using HTML5 which should make them much more friendly to non-Wintel computers. We also archive the EE380 talks to YouTube rather than serve them ourselves. Eventually we hope to have all of the 30+ years of Colloquium videos available on-line.

The whole Colloquium infrastructure is in the process of being reconstructed. Unfortunately a new integrated infrastructure will not be available until Fall Quater 2014. For example, all of the talks have Abstracts, but there is no link from the the YouTube version to the Abstract. The Abstract often has a links to a copy of the slides, sometimes has links to ancillary information, and generally has a short biography. Searching on the talk's title will usually find that information; eventually there will be a link.

The Summer EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium is offered as a one unit web-hosted S/NC graded class during the summer using video lectures from our backlist. There will be no class meetings. We think of the course as "summer reruns" with presenting talkt that have the enduring popularity of "I Love Lucy", "Friends" "Law and Order", and "Sex and the City".

The class content consists of the lectures given by invited speakers during the regular academic sessions over the past several years augmented with additional lectures from the distant past.

The requirements are simple:

  • Choose ten different lectures from the YouTube Playlists listed below. You'll need to browse the collections to find talks that interest you.
  • Watch each of the ten videos you have selected, write and submit a short "pithy" comment about each video you watch and submit it using the web form below. A "pithy" comment is one that let's us see that you've been engaged and paying attention while listening to the video. Keep a backup copy of your comments.
  • Fill out the EE380 specific evaluation form at the end of the quarter.
  • Complete the work on or before 30 seconds before midnight (23:59:30) on August 16, 2014. Late work will be accepted at the whim of the instructor(s). Incomplete grades are given only in extraordinary circumstances. If you decide to drop the class because the work load is in conflict with with serious summer play (or any other reason) drop us a note so we won't chase you asking to complete the course work. If you have problems completing the coursework, please contact immediately.
  • Participate in the planning for the live lectures for next year. Suggestions for topics and speakers are always appreciated. An email to works well for this task.

I do not have office hours during the Summer, but I am available by email. You can reach me, Dennis Allison as If you put "[EE380]" as the first few characters of the subject line, your message is less likely to be treated as SPAM.

YouTube Playlists

     2008      2009      2010      2011      2012      2013      2014

How to Submit Your Assignments and Your Class Evaluation

Package the ten assignments (pithy comments) together with free form paragraph or two evaluating the class and email the resulting document to allison@STANFORD.EDU. Be sure to include your name, and the titles of each of the lectures you viewed so you'll be properly credited.

If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate your comments on the importance and role of courses such as EE380 in the educational process. The importance of EE380 is currenly under reviewi as we think about the future.

Normally the EE380 website provideis a web form for each of the class assignments and another for the class evaluation. Sadly, the website revision was not planned nor time scheduled for its rewrite. Using email to deliver assignments is a good fallback solution.