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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course is an introduction to principles and practice of the design of distributed systems. The course covers fundamental models for distributed systems, distributed middleware with the focus on object-based middleware and component-based architectures, distributed algorithms for consensus and other underlying problems, and modern-day challenges of distributed processing technology such as cloud, multimedia and IoT. The course includes mandatory programming exercises.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course you will:

  • understand the basic principles and concepts of distributed systems
  • understand the workings of the most important types of distributed systems
  • be able to program with selected software platforms for distributed processing
  • have knowledge about and be able to apply important distributed algorithms
  • acquire deeper knowledge about advanced communication paradigms
  • have knowledge about standards for distributed processing
  • have knowledge about key requirements and challenges for the construction of modern distributed systems

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group meetings per week. There exist mandatory programming assignments in the course. All mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.


Oral exam. Mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN5020 – Distributed Systems, INF5040 – Open distributed processing (continued), INF9040 – Open distributed processing (continued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester. Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 20, 2022 8:17:04 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)