NDAK18001U Big Data Systems (BDS)

Volume 2019/2020

The goal of this course is to give the participants an understanding of the technologies in computer systems for Big Data analysis and management. It covers both traditional methods used in data warehouses and parallel database systems, real-time stream processing systems, transactional database systems, as well as modern technologies of cloud computing and massively parallel data analysis platforms.

The following main topics are contained in the course:

  • Data warehouses;
  • Parallel database systems;
  • Massively parallel data analysis;
  • Fast stream processing systems;
  • Big graph processing;
  • High-throughput transaction processing;
  • Fault-tolerance;
  • Load balancing;
  • Elastic scaling;
  • Data partitioning.
Learning Outcome


  • Techniques in data warehouses and parallel database systems.
  • Techniques in data stream processing.
  • Theories behind massively parallel data analysis systems.
  • Design of and trade-offs in the modern systems introduced in the course.



  • Develop programs and apply tools for big data management and analysis and deploy them on a cloud computing platform.
  • Report work done with Big Data systems in a clear and precise language, and in a structured fashion.



  • Design, implement, deploy and optimize Big Data systems.
  • Analyze solutions in Big Data systems.
  • Discuss research articles related to Big Data systems with colleagues.
  • Plan and execute groups projects with Big Data systems and report the findings.

See Absalon when the course is set up.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the course NDAK15006U Advanced Computer Systems (ACS).
Working knowledge of Java, including concurrency and communication mechanisms.
Notions of UNIX / shell scripting are helpful, but not required.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
Lectures, seminars and discussions.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 24
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 50
  • Project work
  • 90
  • Total
  • 206
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
The exam consists of two parts:
a. Group project assignments with individual defense in the exam week;
b. Oral exam in the exam week.

The individual project assignment defense and oral exam should be carried out in one session and should last for 30 minutes in total (including grading, without preparation).

In the final grade, the weight of the different parts is as follows: oral exam 50%, group project with individual defense: 50%.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.

Resubmission of project assignments no later than two weeks before the re-exam date. Project assignments not redone are carried over with their original assessments.

New oral exam and project defense will be administered on the re-exam date.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning Outcome.