INF5360 – Seminar on dependable and adaptive distributed systems

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

This research-oriented seminar explores state-of-the art principles, methods, and techniques for devising adaptive and dependable distributed systems. The seminars covers

  • Architectural and infrastructural principles for adaptive and dependable distributed systems.
  • Adaptivity and dependability in service-oriented architectures, grid computing, data dissemination schemes, P2P systems, mobile and wireless environments.
  • Approaches to improve the scalability of dependable and adaptive systems.
  • Evaluation and experience reports on dependable and adaptive distributed systems and services.

Specific seminar topics include

  • Support for dependability and adaptivity in component-based systems (e.g. component frameworks, container services, deployment, composition and substitution of components).
  • Replication models and protocols.
  • Adaptive and dependable publish-subscribe.
  • Group communication and group membership services in failure scenarios with network partitions.
  • Overlay-based techniques to improve adaptivity, dependability, and scalability of distributed systems.
  • Alternative techniques for dynamic configuration and/or reconfiguration.
  • Partial and probabilistic approaches for replication, group membership, and distributed consensus in loosely-coupled environments to improve dependability.

Learning outcome

The seminar provides students with a basic understanding of state-of-the-art in the area of dependability and adaptivity of distributed systems.


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15 students can be admitted. The students will be prioritized as followed:

1) Phd students at the Department of Informatics with INF9360 on their approved study plan.

2) Master students at the Department of Informatics with INF5360 on their approved study plan.

3) Master/PhD students at the Department of Informatics.

4) Other qualified students.

 Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


This course is a seminar, and each student must give a presentation. The students are also expected to participate in the discussions. To be allowed to take the final exam, each student must attend at least 75% of the seminar meetings, and prior to each of these meetings, he or she must read the articles to be discussed and submit a short written summary of these articles.

Seminar, 3 hours per week.


Oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course


This course will not be given spring 2016, 2017 and 218

Every spring
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