autumn 2021
INF-3200 Distributed Systems Fundamentals - 10 ECTS

Last changed 13.04.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

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

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

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-2300 Computer Communication, INF-2310 Computer 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

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.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=510412.


Assessment

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

Grading scale: Letter grades A-E, F - Fail.

Course requirements: The coursework includes up to 3 written programming assignments graded Approved / Not approved

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

Postponed examination: The exam will be arranged as soon as practicably possible after the reasons for absence have ceased, and normally no later than two months after a new semester has commenced. It will be arranged an oral exam counting 100%. To get access to the postponed exam the student must have passed the course requirements.  

For further details see:

- Utfyllende bestemmelser for eksamener ved Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi (only in Norwegian) 

- Regulations for studies and examinations at the UiT


Schedule

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-3200