School of Computer Science

Module 23644 (2011)

Module description - Networks and Distributed Systems

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Module Title Networks and Distributed Systems
School School of Computer Science
Module Code 06-23644
Level 3/H
Member of Staff Mirco Musolesi
Semester Semester 1 - 20 credits

3 hours lectures a week, plus exercise classes


On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts and issues involved in computer networking
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering principles of network and protocol design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the layered organization and structuring of computer networks, distinguish the problems involved at each layer and understand the techniques and algorithms that have been devised to address these problems
  • Recognise and appreciate fundamental characteristics of distributed systems: geographical distribution, concurrency, lack of global time, delay in communication, heterogeneity and existence of failures
  • explain the main types of architectures and mechanisms of communication, such as client-server and communication protocols
  • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental issues in distributed systems design such as timing, coordination and consensus
  • apply the theoretical concepts and abstractions discussed in the module to the analysis of real-world case studies and design of novel and innovative networked systems
  • explain and analyze the design, organization and operation of state of the art technologies and systems such as cloud computing, mobile and ubiquitous computing, and online social networks
  • Sessional: 2 hour examination (80%), coursework (20%)
  • Supplementary: 2 hour examination (80%), coursework (20%)
An Engineering Approach to Computer Networking: ATM Networks, the Internet and the Telephone Network Srinivasan Keshav Addison Wesley
Computer Networking. A Top-Down Approach. 5th Edition James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross Pearson
Computer Networks Andrew S Tanenbaum; David J. Wetherall Pearson
Distributed Systems. 2nd Edition Sape Mullender Addison-Wesley
Distributed Systems. Concepts and Design. 5th Edition George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg and Gordon Blair Addison Wesley
Distributed Systems: Principle and Paradigms. 2nd Edition Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Marteen Van Steen Prentice Hall
Patterns in Network Architecture John Day Prentice-Hall
Research papers and standardisation documents (see module web page)