INF9040 – 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 INF9040 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


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF5040 – Open distributed processing (continued)


Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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