Gabriel's Journals

April 25, 2010

  • This past week was pretty busy, so I did not complete as much work done as I planned to.
  • I briefly read through the VMGL paper and read the GViM paper more thoroughly, but still need to write up a summary for the former.
  • Also, I have downloaded Billy's version of Storytelling Alice 2.2 in the VM I set up and began going through the lessons we have created to test it out. Still need to do more on this.
  • I did not get to go to either Beeks or Harding as I had a group project meeting at the same time.
  • Next week I have several reports and presentations, meaning that I will likely not have much time to work. I will try to test Storytelling Alice more and to meet with Dr. Feng and Dr. Gardner once more.
April 18, 2010

  • This last week we went to Blacksburg New School, during class hours, to teach Lesson 1. We found several places to improve the lesson.
  • In addition, Sahil and I wrote a draft of the consent form which Dr. Feng edited.
  • Billy sent out instructions on setting up a virtual machine running Ubuntu so that we could test Storytelling Alice 2.2 on Linux. I set up the VM, but have not yet begun testing.
  • Finally, after reading Xenoprof and GViM, I met with Dr. Gardner and Dr. Feng to discuss the papers and what area would be best for me to pursue this summer.
  • We have determined a project I could work on in the area of virtualizing hardware performance counters. We saw a possible area for virtualizing GPUs, but were not certain, so I am to read further into GViM and a related paper about VMGL.
  • In addition, as both areas will likely have me working with Xen, I will look further into it.
April 11, 2010

  • Last week I read and briefly summarized papers for Xenoprof, PAPI (an API for accessing CPU performance counters), and GViM.
  • Also, I worked with Billy to get MySQL databases made for the SERVICE and MyVICE sites. We will be using these for our journal entries and for feedback from parents and students that use Storytelling Alice.
  • On Friday we were to go to Beeks and Harding. I was not able to attend, unfortunately, as I had to be at the physics department awards ceremony.
  • Finally, yesterday we went to KTU once again from 12 to 4pm.
  • This next week I will continue to read and summarize papers. I would like to try to meet with Dr. Feng separately from the normal meetings to discuss these.
  • Also, I am to work with Sahil to create a consent form to pass out at Blacksburg New School before we go next Friday.
April 04, 2010

  • This past week ended up being my busiest, in terms of classwork, and as such I was not able to begin working on the summaries.
  • Instead I continued finding papers and began reading a select few.
  • After our meeting, Dr. Feng suggested that I look into a paper about GViM, where the authors attempt to virtualize GPUs. So next week I will add it to my list and begin reading and writing summaries.
  • As a reminder, this past week was Spring Break for the local elementary schools, so we will be begin teaching the curriculum next Friday.