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COMP28112 Distributed Computing syllabus 2017-2018

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COMP28112 Distributed Computing

Level 2
Credits: 10
Enrolled students: 131

Course leader: Rizos Sakellariou


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Requisites

  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP18112
  • Pre-Requisite (Compulsory): COMP16212
  • Pre-Requisite (Optional): COMP25111

Additional requirements

  • Students who are not from the School of Computer Science must have permission from both Computer Science and their home School to enrol.

Assessment methods

  • 80% Written exam
  • 20% Practical skills assessment
Timetable
SemesterEventLocationDayTimeGroup
Sem 2 Lecture 1.1 Mon 13:00 - 14:00 -
Sem 2 Lecture 1.1 Tue 16:00 - 17:00 -
Sem 2 B Lab LF31 Wed 10:00 - 12:00 F
Sem 2 B Lab G23 Tue 11:00 - 13:00 H
Sem 2 B Lab LF31 Fri 11:00 - 13:00 G
Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Web and Distributed Systems

Overview

Many of the most important and visible uses of computer technology rely on distributed computing. Understanding distributed computing requires an understanding of the problems and the challenges stemming from the coordinated operation of different hardware and software. The course focuses on a set of common techniques required to address the key challenges of distributed computing.

Aims

Many of the most important and visible uses of computer technology rely on distributed computing. This course unit aims to build on the course unit in the first year (COMP10052) which introduced students to the principles of distributed computing, and it focuses on techniques and methods in sufficient breadth and depth to provide a foundation for the exploration of specific topics in more advanced course units. The course unit assumes that students have already a solid understanding of the main principles of computing within a single machine, have a rudimentary understanding of the issues related to machine communication and networking, and have been introduced to the area of distributed computing.

Syllabus

Introduction

Revision of the characteristics of distributed systems. Challenges. Architectural models.

Remote Invocation and Distributed Objects

Java RMI, CORBA, Web Services.

Message-Oriented middleware

Synchronous vs asynchronous messaging. Point-to-point messaging. Publish-subscribe.

Concurrency, co-ordination and distributed transactions

Ordering of events. Two-phase commit protocol. Consensus.

Caching and Replication

Security

Service-Oriented Architectures, REST and Web Services

Teaching methods

Lectures

22 in total, 2 per week

Laboratories

10 hours in total, 5 2-hour sessions

Feedback methods

Formative feedback based on assessment of different solutions to problems relevant to the module or area of weakness from previous years. Feedback is also provided by demonstrators in the laboratory.

Study hours

  • Assessment written exam (2 hours)
  • Lectures (24 hours)
  • Practical classes & workshops (12 hours)

Employability skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Problem solving

Learning outcomes

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
Have knowledge and understanding of the main principles, techniques and methods involved when dealing with distributed systems.
  • Examination
Have detailed knowledge and understanding of major issues related to the design of a distributed system, such as: - how to communicate between distributed objects by means of remote invocation.
  • Examination
Have detailed knowledge and understanding of major issues related to the design of a distributed system, such as: - the absence of global physical time in distributed systems.
  • Examination
Have detailed knowledge and understanding of major issues related to the design of a distributed system, such as: - how processes can coordinate their actions in a distributed setting distributed transactions.
  • Examination
Have the ability to design and implement prototypical distributed computing applications using different technologies.
  • Lab assessment
Be aware how the fundamental techniques above are applied in practical systems.

Reading list

TitleAuthorISBNPublisherYearCore
Distributed systems: principles and paradigms (2nd edition)Tanenbaum, Andrew S. and Maarten van Steen0136135536Pearson / Prentice Hall2007
Distributed systems: concepts and design (5th edition)Coulouris, George et al.9780273760597Addison-Wesley2011

Additional notes

Course unit materials

Links to course unit teaching materials can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.