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NDAA09004U  Principles of Computer Systems Design Volume 2014/2015

Course information

LanguageEnglish
Credit7,5 ECTS
LevelFull Degree Master
Duration1 block
Placement
Block 2
Schedule
A (Tues 8-12 + Thurs 8-17)
Continuing and further education
Study boardStudy Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Computer Science
Course responsible
  • Marcos António Vaz Salles (7-786f637465717542666b306d7730666d)
Saved on the 04-12-2014
Education
MSc Programme in Computer Science
Content

 

The overall purpose of this course is to offer students an understanding of techniques in computer systems with a focus on correctness and adherence to system properties, such as modularity and atomicity, while at the same time achieving high performance. The course exposes students to various system mechanisms, especially from distributed systems, database systems, and network systems.

The course will explore the following aspects:

 

  • System abstractions and design principles
  • Modularity with clients and services
  • Performance
  • Atomicity and transactions
  • Concurrency control and recovery
  • Reliability, fault-tolerance, and redundancy
  • Distributed protocols for agreement and replication
  • Large-scale data processing
Learning Outcome

Knowledge:
 

  • Describe the design of transactional and distributed systems.
  • Explain how to enforce modularity through a client-service abstraction.
  • Explain techniques for large-scale data processing.     


Skills:

 

  • Implement systems that include mechanisms for modularity, atomicity, and fault tolerance.
  • Structure and conduct experiments to evaluate a system's performance.


Competences:

 

 

 

  • Discuss design alternatives for a computer system, identifying system properties as well as mechanisms for improving performance
  • Analyze protocols for concurrency control and recovery, as well as for distribution and replication.
  • Apply principles of large-scale data processing to concrete problems.

 

 

Literature

See Absalon when the course is set up.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and exercise sessions.
Academic qualifications
Basic principles of operating systems and/or databases.
Working knowledge of Java and/or C#
Notions of UNIX / shell scripting are helpful, but not required
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Exam
Credit7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 5 days
The final exam is a 5-day take home assignment with external grading, grades using the "7-point grading scale". Submission in Absalon.
Exam registration requirements5-7 take home assignments, marked as pass/fail, must be passed to participate in the final exam.
Marking scale7-point grading scale
Censorship formExternal censorship
Re-examThe re-exam consists of resubmission of original exam assignment extended by an addendum. An oral examination of 25 minutes without preparation will ensue, with external grading, and grades using the "7-point grading scale". The re-submission will be the basis for the oral exam; however the oral exam will not be exclusively limited to the resubmission.
Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.

Workload
CategoryHours
Exam24
Lectures42
Project work90
Theory exercises50
Total206
Saved on the 04-12-2014