IN9060 – Performance in Distributed Systems

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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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.

Course content

Understanding the limits of system performance and the bottlenecks of distributed systems is challenging and vital to the deployment of any modern high-performance system. The course treats techniques you can apply to properly analyse system performance and further locate the bottlenecks in the end-to-end system.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you´ll have knowledge of:

  • demands and solutions with respect to performance in distributed systems and have gained experience with designing and performing experiments
  • experimenting with algorithms and architectures and experience with evaluating and improving performance
  • how to present and visualise analysis data to highlight the most relevant results. Students and teachers will present and discuss the results in plenary sessions.

You will also have immersed yourself in a select subtopic of the course, which you will present to the other students.

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


  1. Lectures: 24 hours (in sets of 4 hours)
  2. Group lectures: 12 hours (in sets of 3 blocks)
  3. Three oral, interactive poster presentations: 9 hours (in sets of 3 hours)
    • Presentation is mandatory
    • Attendance of all presentations is mandatory
    • Only valid in the same semester
  4. Three home exams
    • Report about platform-specific choices and performance achievements (graded)
    • Working source code (graded)
  5. Discussions with the teachers on a special topic in preparation of the student-held lecture


Poster illustrating performance results (mandatory but not graded)


Graded mark will be handed out based on 3 graded assignments (home exam) with oral presentation that account for approximately 33% each. Failing a graded assignment does still allow participation in the remaining exams. All exams must be taken during the same semester.

In addition to the three graded home exams, PhD students will have to hold a lecture to the class based on a specific topic chosen in collaboration with the course teachers.

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: IN5060 – Performance in Distributed Systems, INF5072 – Performance in Distributed Systems (continued), INF5071 – Performance in distributed systems (discontinued), INF5070 – Media servers and distribution systems (discontinued), INF9072 – Performance in Distributed Systems (continued), INF-SERV

Examination support material

All, but no text or code must be copied verbatim from other sources

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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) Sep. 22, 2020 2:15:37 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)