IN9020 – Distributed Systems
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
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.
- 10 credits overlap with IN5020 – Distributed Systems.
- 10 credits overlap with INF5040 – Open distributed processing (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with INF9040 – Open distributed processing (continued).
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 passed prior to the exam.
Oral exam. Mandatory assignments must be passed 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.
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.