Course Information

18-842T: Distributed Systems




Many of today's computing systems are designed and constructed for execution on many different hosts connected via standard networks and protocols. This course examines the fundamental principles that are vital to the construction of such systems: models of distributed systems, synchronization, mutual exclusion, naming, group communication, transactions, cryptography, security and distributed algorithms. We will then examine higher level abstractions such as distributed filesystems, process scheduling and peer-to-peer overlay networks. An intensive hands-on semester-long group project will be carried out to complement the concepts taught in the course.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and (15605 or 18-342 or 18-348 or 18-349) and (18-345 or 18-756 or 14740 or 15641).

Last Modified: 2013-10-09 1:10PM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2015
  • Spring 2014