There are many many open directions for your projects, be they entrepreneurial or research. Your best ideas will likely come from the following sources:
Books on Entrepreneurship:
There are plenty of these! (Just search on Google or Amazon). Three of them that are particularly wonderful to read are:
For your Wiki Term Paper, the material in the above books will not suffice! That is, you have to have more material for your term paper than in any of the above books.
Experimental Testbeds: Students who need access to AWS are encouraged to apply to their student grants (on their page). You can also request course staff for a PlanetLab slice, or Emulab project, or CCT (Cloud Computing Testbed) account (there are limited number of slots available for each: about 5 projects on each testbed). Therefore, (1) all requests will be granted on an as-needed basis, and (2) you will be given an account on typically only one of these testbeds, so please choose carefully depending on your project requirements!
Previous Course Incarnations:
How to Read a Paper
Learning how to write a good paper is a slow process that evolves by assimilation, often over your entire lifetime. The best way to start learning is to actually get started on writing your first one! The best way to continue producing good papers is to develop a systematic approach to technical writing. Whichever stage your research career is in, Scattered Systems helps you achieve both of the above goals by having you write a paper in three stages: Survey, Midterm report, and Final report (with added perks for the best papers). Here are some extra tips on reading and writing papers.
A small list of links for projects in distributed systems :
Misc. Interesting Links:
For everything else, use Google !
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