This course covers the design and implementation of
distributed systems. Students will gain an understanding
of the principles and techniques behind the design of
modern, reliable, and high-performance distributed
Topics include server design, network
programming, naming, concurrency and locking, consistency
models and techniques, security, and fault
tolerance. Modern techniques and systems employed at some
of the largest Internet sites (e.g., Google, Facebook,
Amazon) will also be covered.
Through programming assignments, students will gain
practical experience designing, implementing, and
debugging real distributed systems.
Prerequisites: COS 217 required. COS 318, COS 333,
and/or programming maturity recommended.
- Lecture: Mondays and Wednesday, 10:00am - 10:50am. Bowen Hall, Room 222.
- P01: Friday 10:00am - 10:50am. Friend Center, Room 008. Theano Stavrinos
- P02: Friday 11:00am - 11:50am. Friend Center, Room 008. Zhenyu Song
- P03: Friday 11:00am - 11:50am. EQuad D Wing, D221. Chris Hodsdon.
- Professor Wyatt Lloyd
- Office hours: Immediately following lecture in Bowen 222 and Wednesday 3-4 in CS 323
- Preceptors Theano Stavrinos, Zhenyu Song, and Chris Hodsdon
- Lab TAs: Michael Friedman, Frank Li, Andrew Spencer, Njuguna Thande
- Preceptor and Lab TA Office Hours
- Held in either Friend Center 010 (FC010) or Computer Science 003 (CS 003)
- Monday: 430-630 (CS 003)
- Tuesday: 430-630 (FC 010), 6-8 (FC 010), 8-10 (FC 010)
- Wednesday: 11a-1p (FC 010), 4-6 (FC 010), 8-10 (FC 010, x2)
- Thursday: N/A. Start assignments early!
- Friday: 2-4 (FC 010)
- Saturday: 1-3 (FC 010)
- Sunday: 1-3 (FC 010)
- If office hours are changed, they will be updated in a pinned post on Piazza.
- Grading: midterm (25%), final (25%), programming assignments (50%)
- Questions: Please use the class Piazza site
There are no textbooks for this class. All materials will
be covered in lecture, which students are strongly
recommended to attend. There are several books that might
be useful, however:
- The Go Programming Language. Alan A. A. Donovan and Brian W. Kernighan. Web page
- Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms. Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Maaten Van Steen. Amazon link
- Guide to Reliable Distributed Systems. Kenneth P. Birman. Amazon link