INF5510 – Distributed objects

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Course content

Presentation of fundamental concepts of distributed objects including local and distributed objects, remote object invocation, communication, parameter passing principles, garbage collection, performance issues and typical applications. We also cover advanced type systems including concepts such as immutability and its application to distributed programming and access control. We also discuss the design of language constructs for parallelism. Throughout we use the programming language Emerald as a base. We dig into the implementation of distributed objects including virtual machines, compilation techniques, run-time typing, dynamic program loading, and how to do distributed garbage collection.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students will have sufficient understanding of distributed objects as to be able to write programs for a number of applications while employing advanced type systems and parallelism. Specifically, the students will be able to develop distributed programs running on a cluster of PC’s.


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6 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercises/computer lab per week.


Oral examination at the end of the semester.

Mandatory assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.

Examination support material

Any written exam resources are 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






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

The lecturer is Danish, but will hold the lectrues in English if desired (teaching material is in English).