This course focuses on basic concepts underlying the design,
implementation, and management of distributed systems. It covers
fundamental topics in distributed systems, including but not limited to
distributed system architectures, inter-process communication,
distributed middleware, synchronization and coordination,
distributed agreement, concurrency control, replication, and fault
The textbook for this class is Andrew Tannenbaum and Maarten van
Steen, ``Distributed Systems:
Paradigms and Principles'', Prentice-Hall, 2nd edition, 2007. Additionally,
the following books may be used as reference texts.
There will be several programming projects. The software required for these projects is available on the computers in the VS&E Lab.
No early exams will be given.
Missed/make-up exams are strongly discouraged and must be arranged with the instructor BEFORE the exam
date with an official and verifiable excuse.
Mid-term: mid to late October (date to be announced later) Final exam: Friday, Dec 18 (1:30 - 4:15 pm)
You are expected to abide by the University's honor code and the CS Department's Honor Code and Academic Integrity Policies during the semester, i.e., collaboration between students in different groups on an assignment is unacceptable. Any violation of the honor code will result in referral to the honor council with a recommendation that the student be awarded an F for the class.
CS Honor Code Policy
NOTE: I will be using MOSS to detect plagiarism in the programming assignments.
Office hours will be on Friday 4:30 - 6:00 pm in my office (Room 5319, Engineering Building), or by appointment.
All handouts and other course material will be available at course homepage.
GMU Academic Calendar