Subject Descriptions - Subject Information


Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
Department: School of Computing and Information Technology


Subject Information
Subject Code CSCI319
Subject Name Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites CSCI204 or CSCI251, CSCI203 and additional 12 CP at 200 level (CSCI/CSIT/ISIT)
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Assignments 30%; Lab assessments 10%; Final Examination: 60%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students should use the SMP OnLine Tutorial System (via SOLS) to enrol in Tutorial/laboratory groups for this subject. Once enrolments are open a link to the subject will appear in Tutorial Enrolments in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session DXB UG Spring  (05-02-2017 to 03-06-2017)
Campus Dubai
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Quota 50
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Abdelghani Benharref
Mai El Barachi
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Jun Shen
Markus Hagenbuchner
Instance Comment  
Census Date 28-02-2017

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour lecture , 2 hour lab
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Markus Hagenbuchner
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Markus Hagenbuchner
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Availability
Session INTI Subang Jaya Session 1  (06-03-2017 to 12-07-2017)
Campus INTI Subang Jaya
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Chee Huei Ang
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Markus Hagenbuchner
Mark Freeman
Vincent Loh
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Availability
Session CCCU Semester C  (08-05-2017 to 05-08-2017)
Campus UOW at CCCU HK
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Suk Yu Hui
Wai Kau Lau
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Guomin Yang
Markus Hagenbuchner
Instance Comment  
Census Date 25-05-2017

Subject Availability
Session SIM Session 3  (01-07-2017 to 07-09-2017)
Campus Singapore Institute of Management
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours  
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Markus Hagenbuchner
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Casey Chow
Instance Comment  
Census Date 14-07-2017

Subject Description
This subject introduces basic concepts underlying modern distributed system and cloud computing system design. The subject provides some experience in the implementation of distributed system and cloud computing system components. A particular focus of this subject is on scalability, transparency, and design principles underlying distributed and cloud computing systems. Topics covered include: inter-process communications, multi-threaded servers, remote-procedure-calls, synchronous and asynchronous RPC, client server systems, distributed system architectures, messaging and transactional systems, peer-to-peer, cluster, and grid technologies, virtualization and fault tolerance, synchronization, security, naming, synchronization, replication, and consistency; supporting systems such as NFS, and DNS, with some practical exposure to real world distributed systems, design of distributed file services or distributed web based services, and cloud computing systems.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Illustrate different systems architectures, differentiate between centralized, de-centralized and hybrid architectures, make sensible choice of systems architectures for different applications.
2. Address scalability and transparency requirements, and apply the principles of distributed and cloud computing system design.
3. Utilise different service models including conventional client-server models, peer-to-peer models, cluster computing systems, grid computing mechanisms, and other specialised architectures.
4. Implement structured and unstructured peer-to-peer systems.
5. Identify how cloud computing relates to distributed systems.
6. Explain communications in distributed systems including RPC, NFS, TCP, DNS, Message passing, communication in wireless systems, and streaming.


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