In common with every year since time immemorial, the onset of May is an unambiguous sign that exams will soon be upon us. For everybody except Chris, this means that it's revision time. To that end, for the possible use of anybody who does the same courses as me, I present a few resources that have helped me to understand key concepts:
- Algorithmics 4: Rotating Calipers (or, how to find, in O(n) time, the furthest-apart pair of points in a set, given the convex hull). (Note that, on reflection, knowing this is probably overkill for the past paper question to which it refers.)
- Artifical Intelligence 4: Bayesian Networks; Explaining Away.
- Distributed Algorithms and Systems 4: Quantum Computing (PDF, link works only from the Uni network).
- Grid Computing (M): Proxy Certificates.
- Security and Cryptography 4: Kerberos (in five easy stages).
I hope some of these might be of use to you, if you're also studying towards these exams.
Now for the geeky part. I've posted all of these links to del.icio.us, tagged with
dcsglasgow and the respective course abbreviation (
sac4). If and when I find anything more, I'll tag it similarly. If you have an account on del.icio.us, it'd be great if you did the same with anything that you find. And if you use RSS, then you can monitor the associated RSS feed.
PS. Astute readers will recall the exam wiki from last year. It's still there, and I notice that there has been some activity on it recently. It remains a useful tool….