spring 2022
INF-3203 Advanced Distributed Systems - 10 ECTS

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

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

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

D-440S Seminar in distributed operating systems 10 stp
INF-8203 Advanced Distributed Systems 10 stp

Course content

This seminar covers fundamental structuring principles for modern distributed systems. Classic distributed system principles are covered, but focus is also on emerging distributed systems trends from the international research front.

Recommended prerequisites

INF-3200 Distributed Systems Fundamentals

Objectives of the course


  • Knowledge of the classic and contemporary state of the art literature on distributed systems.
  • Knowledge of design and implementation principles in modern distributed systems.
  • The best way to understand the systems described in the literature is by practice, and so an important part of the course is a substantial distributed system design and implementation project. 


  • Skills in participating in a technical discussion of advanced scientific papers
  • 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
  • Designing and performing performance measurements on distributed code
  • Analyze the behavior of the developed prototype(s)
  • Skills in presenting a system, giving a demonstration of it, and identify lessons learned.
  • Identify research problems and challenges in distributed systems
  • List the state-of-art tools and techniques for addressing research problems and challenges in distributed systems

General competence:

  • Competence to read scientific literature, and carefully extract information from it and present it coherently in public.
  • 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
  • Conduct technical reviews, technical writing, and technical presentations

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 guidance: 30 hours. This course is given every spring 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: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


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". Participation in the seminars is mandatory. Students must expect to prepare for, and give oral presentations of chosen articles in the seminars.

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

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). 

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%. 

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

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for Advanced Distributed Systems
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-3203
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