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INF-3203 Advanced Distributed Systems - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Science and Technology

Type of course

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

Course contents

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.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for the spring semester.

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

Objective of the course



General competence:

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 guidance: 30 hours. This course is given every spring semester.


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 demonstrations of a working system can in special cases be claimed by the course responsible. 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). 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 examinations at the UiT (only in Norwegian)

Course overlap

INF-8203 Advanced Distributed Systems 10 stp
Lectures Spring 2021
First attendance: Monday January 14th 2019 at 14:15 in TEKNO 1.023AUD
Lectures prof. Otto Johan Anshus
prof. Dag Johansen
Colloquium 1 vit.ass. Eric Brattli
Colloquium 2 stip. Michael John Murphy
Colloquium 3 For students that can't be on campus stip. Michael John Murphy
vit.ass. Eric Brattli