COMP SCI 7076 - Distributed Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
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 Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 7006, COMP SCI 7081 & one of 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 or CORBA.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Damith Ranasinghe
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 objectives for Distributed Systems are:
- To develop and apply knowledge of distributed systems techniques and methodologies.
- To gain experience in the design and development of distributed systems and distributed systems applications.
- To gain experience in the application of fundamental Computer Science methods and algorithms in the development of distributed systems and distributed systems applications.
- To gain experience in 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
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, tutorial, and collaborative sessions.
You are expected to attend the lectures and take part in the activities, and attempt tutorial questions before the scheduled tutorial session.
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.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 and tutorial 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 tutorials.
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 3001 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 30% and a final exam worth 70%.
Component Weighting CBOK Areas Assignments and Collaborative sessions 30% 1,2,4,7,8,9,11 Final Written Exam 70% 1,2,8
- Interpersonal Communication
- Societal Issues
- History & Status of the Discipline
- Hardware & Software
- Data & Information
- Human Computer Interfaces
- Systems Development
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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 tutorials and 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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