COMP SCI 7076 - Distributed Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 7076 Course Distributed Systems Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMP SCI 7103, COMP SCI 7202, COMP SCI 7202B, COMP SCI 7208 or COMP SCI 7211 Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 7081 & COMP SCI 7082 or COMP SCI 7201 Course Description A selection of topics from the following: the challenges faced in constructing client/server software: partial system failures, multiple address spaces, absence of a single clock, latency of communication, heterogeneity, absence of a trusted operating system, system management, binding and naming. Techniques for meeting these challenges: RPC and middleware, naming and directory services, distributed transaction processing, 'thin' clients, data replication, cryptographic security, mobile code. Introduction to Java RMI.
Course Coordinator: Dr Marian Mihailescu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesIn Distributed Systems this course, you will learn a range of fundamental and applied techniques in distributed systems. The learning outcomes for Distributed Systems are:
1 Apply knowledge of distributed systems techniques and methodologies. 2 Explain the design and development of distributed systems and distributed systems applications. 3 Use the application of fundamental Computer Science methods and algorithms in the development of distributed systems and distributed systems applications. 4 Discuss the design and testing of a large software system, and to be able to communicate that design to others.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Required ResourcesYou can perform all the exercise work required for the course in the University computer Labs.
The programming language used is Java.
However, if you want to be able to work at home, you could consider installing Java on your own system.
For more information, go to the Java website --- simply Google "Java".
Recommended ResourcesReference books:
- Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design, G. Coulouris, Jean Dollimore and Tim Kindberg, Addison Wesley, 4th Edition
- Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms, A.S. Tanenbaum and M. Van Steen, Pearson, 2nd Edition
Online LearningMore information about the course can be found online on the Moodle forum of the school.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be taught with lecture, and collaborative sessions.
You are expected to attend the lectures and take part in the activities, and attempt content in the collaborative sessions before the scheduled sessions.
All lectures will be attempted to be recorded, however attendance at the lectures is recommended, due to the large number of activities present in the lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.You are expected to attend all scheduled lecture classes (2hrs per week), and, if scheduled, the collaborative sessions.
In addition to the schedule contact hours, you are expected to spend an additional 2-4 hours per week after each lecture to consolidate your understanding of it. You will need to allocate up to 7 hours per week on average to work on the assignments and collaborative sessions' reports.
Learning Activities SummaryThe topics taught in this course can be broadly classified as shown below. The list of topics and their scheudle is available on the course web site.
Local and distributed synchronization
Remote Operations - latency hiding and reductions
Failure semantics in RPC
Distributed file systems
Distributed transactions and failures
2PC, 3PC, PAXOS
Specific Course RequirementsNote that COMP SCI 7039 is assumed knowledge for this course - this implies that students are familiar with Socket implementations (particularly in Java), and that students have an understanding of the idea of a protocol and the differences between TCP and UDP.
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Assessment SummaryThe assessment will comprise of two parts: practical programming assignments and collaborative session reports worth 100% of the mark.
Component Hurdle Weighting CBOK Areas Collaborative sessions No 10% 2 (2.2 - 2.4) A1 No 10% 1, 3.3,4.1 A2 Yes 20% 1, 3.3, 4.1,4.3, 5.4 A3 Yes 20% 1,3.3,4.1.,4.3,5.4 A4 No 20% 2.4, 3.2 A5 No 20% 2.4, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3, 5.4
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics
2.2 Professional expectations
2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues
2.4 Interpersonal communications
2.5 Societal issues
2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software
3.2 Data & information
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming
4.2 Human factors
4.3 Systems development
4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational
5.2 IT project management
5.3 Service management
5.4 Security management
Details of the Australian Computer Society's Core Bode of Knowledge (CBOK) can be found in this document.
Assessment DetailMore information on the assessment is provided online on the course forum. The course has two forms of assessment: summative assessment, provided by the collaborative sessions, and formative assessment provided by the assignments and collaborative sessions' reports.
SubmissionAll practical assignments must be submitted using the School of Computer Science online Submission System.
Details are included in each assignment description on the course website. Collaborative practical reports are submitted via email to the course coordinator. The University policy on plagiarism applies on all submissions.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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