autumn 2012
INF-3200 Distributed Systems Fundamentals - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular master's-level course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Requirement + Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or similar education. The Bachelor degree must contain a specialization in Computer Science worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits.
Application code: 9371 - Singular courses at master's level

Course overlap

Du vil få en reduksjon i antall studiepoeng (som oppgitt under), dersom du avlegger eksamen i dette emnet og har bestått følgende emne(r) fra før av:

D-340 Distributed computations theory and practice 8 stp

Course content

Fundamental mechanisms and structuring principles for distributed systems are covered. Focus is in issues like, for instance, consistency, naming, interaction, fault-tolerance, security, resource control, distributed file systems, and distributed document-based systems (WWW).

Recommended prerequisites

INF-2200 Computer architecture and organization, INF-2201 Operating system fundamentals, INF-2301 Computer communication and security

Objectives of the course

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of the main topics of distributed systems at an introductory level.
  • Knowledge of the central challenges of distributed systems, their behavior, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages.
  • Knowledge of the primary ideas, architectures, designs, and implementations of distributed systems
  • Knowledge of some select cases of distributed systems
  • The best way to learn how to build distributed systems is by practice, and so an important part of the course is a substantial distributed system design and implementation project. 

Skills:

  • Skills in systems-level programming. How to build a working prototype of a non-trivial distributed system including its architecture, design, and implementation.
  • Skills in the languages, frameworks, and tools used to build a prototype distributed system
  • Skills to analyze real distributed systems, and identify central characteristics including performance scaling.
  • Skills in presenting a system, giving a demonstration of it, and identify lessons learned.

General competence:

  • Competence in selecting a suitable set of programming languages, frameworks, and tools for a given problem domain.
  • Competence in asking relevant questions about computer based systems.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 30 hours, Colloquium: 30 hours, Laboratory: 30 hours. The course is given every autumn semester.

Assessment

Oral exam counting 100%. Approved assignments give access to the final oral exam.

Course requirements: The coursework includes up to 3 written programming assignments graded "Approved" / "Not approved". Oral presentation of the assignments and demonstration of a working system can be claimed.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-F.

Re-sit examination: It will not be given a re-sit exam teaching free semester for this course, unless a postponed exam already is arranged (conditional re-sit exam). To get access to the exam in the teaching free semester the student must have passed the course requirements.

Postponed examination: Given early in teaching free semester. It will be arranged an oral exam counting 100%. To get access to the exam in the teaching free semester the student must have passed the course requirements.

Ordinary examination in the teaching free semester (early exam): It will not be given a new ordinary examination in the teaching free semester for this course.

For further details see: - Utfyllende bestemmelser for eksamener ved Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi (only in Norwegian) - Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list are available in Fronter or by contacting the responsible teacher or a student adviser.
  • About the course
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  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-3200