INF5040 – Open distributed processing

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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, and modern-day challenges of distributed processing technology such as multimedia and mobility. The course includes mandatory programming exercises.

Learning outcome

After having completed INF5040 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
  • have knowledge about standards for  distributed processing
  • have knowledge about key requirements and challenges for the  construction of modern distributed systems


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


2 hours with lectures and 2 hours of group work and student presentations per week. compulsory assignments. Rules for mandatory assignmnets.


Oral exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

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Every autumn


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