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DD2443 Parallel and Distributed Computing 7.5 credits

Advanced course in computer science on the theory, algorithms, and techniques of parallel and distributed computing systems.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is an advanced course in parallel and distributed computations, dealing with the following subjects:

  • models, fundamental concepts and analytical methods for parallel and distributed systems, fundamental limitations and impossibility results,
  • algorithms and protocol for commonly occurring computational problems within communication, synchronisation, fault tolerance, coordination and consensus, replication and sharing, security, and peer-to-peer systems,
  • basic knowledge of synchronization mechanisms within operating systems and programming languages (semaphores, locks, monitors) and some interest for theoretical subjects are good starting points.

Intended learning outcomes

Having passed the course, the student should be able to:

  • account for models, limitations and fundamental concepts within parallel computations with communication based both on message passing and shared memory
  • analyse concrete systems and algorithms
  • adapt and develop algorithms for execution on parallel and distributed machines and analyse the algorithms with respect to correctness, reliability, safety and performance.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed courses in discrete mathematics and algorithms and complexity equivalent to SF1688/SF1630 and DD2350/DD2352/DD1352.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN2 - Oral exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP1 - Seminars, assignments and labs, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: