Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics
|Module Name||Distributed Systems|
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Lecture hours: 22 Lab hours: 0 Tutorial hours: 11
|Module Personnel||Assistant Professor Stephen Barrett|
When students have successfully completed this module they should be able to:
Building distributed applications is a difficult task due to the concurrency, communication latency, and possibility of partial failure that is inherent in distributed systems. As in other areas of computer science, the trend in providing support for building distributed applications has been towards presenting the application developer with ever higher levels of abstraction and, in the particular case of distributed programming, of location transparency. This course takes a critical look at some of the paradigms and architectural issues involved in distributed programming and their likely evolution.
Students will be given opportunities to develop their problem solving, programming and written communication skills by designing solutions to distributed system programming problems, and implementing those solutions as fully networked distributed systems.
Specific topics addressed in this module include:
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Materials, including research papers, will be provided during the module.
The students are expected to be able to be competent in at least one high level programming language (e.g. Python, Java, C++, C# etc.). Previous with concurrent programming is beneficial but concurrency will be reviewed in the module. The module will use Haskell as a baseline programming language.
% Coursework: 100%, as continuous assessment (30%) and individual project (70%).
A mandatory individual project of significant scope is undertaken over the term which students must work on outside lecture and tutorial times. Continuous assesment is composed of a number of marked tutorial exercises and programming assignments. The final grade awarded will be a simple accumulation of grades achieved in each element.
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