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Date Topics Slides Readings
Mon 02/01 Distributed Systems Intro [pdf] [pptx]
Wed 02/03 Course Overview [pdf] [pptx]
Fri 02/05 Go systems programming [pdf] [pptx] [syntax] [intro] [soln]
Mon 02/08 Network communication and Remote Procedure Calls [pdf] [pptx]
Wed 02/10 Intro to Failure: RPCs [pdf] [pptx]
Thurs 02/11 Assignment 1-1 (Go) due at 11:59pm
Fri 02/12 Concurrency in Go, MapReduce [pdf] [pptx]
Mon 02/15 Time and Logical Clocks 1 [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Time, Clocks...
Tues 02/16 Assignment 1-2 (Simple MapReduce) due at 11:59pm
Wed 02/17 Time and Logical Clocks 2 [pdf] [pptx]
Thurs 02/18 Assignment 1-3 (Distributed MapReduce) due at 11:59pm
Fri 02/19 RPCs in Go [pdf] [pptx] [wc-server]
Eventual Consistency and Scaling Out
Mon 02/22 Distributed Snapshots [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Chandy-Lamport
Wed 02/24 Eventual consistency, Bayou [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Bayou
Fri 02/26 Distributed Snapshots [pdf]
Mon 03/01 Peer-to-Peer Systems and Distributed Hash Tables [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Chord
Wed 03/03 Scale-out key-value storage, Dynamo [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Dynamo
Thurs 03/04 Assignment 2 (Chandy Lamport Snapshots) due at 11:59pm
Fri 03/05 Bayou and Dynamo [pdf] [pptx]
Replicated State Machines
Mon 03/08 Replicated State Machines via Primary Backup [pdf] [pptx]
Wed 03/10 Midterm exam online, taken during a 3-hour period
Fri 03/12 Midterm review: 10-1150 Use Lecture Zoom Link
Mon 03/15 Spring break
Wed 03/17 View Changes and Consensus [pdf] [pptx]
Fri 03/19 Successful System Implementation Strategies [pdf]
Mon 03/22 Consensus with Paxos [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Paxos Made Simple
Wed 03/24 RAFT [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: RAFT
Fri 03/26 RAFT [pdf] [handout]
Strong Consistency and Scaling Out with Transactions
Mon 03/29 Strong Consistency [pdf] [pptx]
Wed 03/31 Scalable Causal Consistency [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: COPS
Fri 04/02 Extra Office Hours In Lieu of Precept
Mon 04/05 Atomic Commit and Concurrency Control [pdf] [pptx]
Wed 04/07 Spanner 1 [pdf] [pptx] Suggested reading: Spanner
Th 04/08 Assignment 3 (Raft Leader Election) due at 11:59pm
Fri 04/09 Consistency [pdf]
Mon 04/12 Spanner 2 [pdf] [pptx]
Wed 04/14 CAP, PRAM, SNOW, PORT, and FLP [pdf] [pptx] Optional: CAP, PRAM, SNOW, PORT, FLP
Fri 04/16 Concurrency Control
Making Distributed Systems Faster
Mon 04/19 Distributed Video Processing Suggested reading: SVE
Wed 04/21 Reasoning about System Performance
Th 04/22 Assignment 4 (Raft Log Consensus) due at 11:59pm
Fri 04/23 Spanner and SNOW
Mon 04/26 Tying It All Together
Reading Period
Wed 05/05 Assignment 5 (Key-value Storage Service) due at 5:00pm
05/06-14 Final exam online, taken during a 3-hour period. Staff available to answer questions during set times.