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DD2451 Parallel and Distributed Computing 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DD2451 (Autumn 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is an advanced undergraduate level course in parallel and distributed computing, covering the following topics:

  • models, fundamental concepts and reasoning principles for parallel and distributed computer systems, impossibility results
  • algorithms and protocols for common computational problems in communication, synchronization, fault tolerance, coordination and consensus, replication and sharing, security, and peer-to-peer systems
  • basic familiarity with concurrent programming primitives (semaphores, locks, monitors) and some theoretical interest and proficiency is useful for this course.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • understand and account for models, limitations, and fundamental concepts in the area of message passing and shared memory concurrency, and apply this understanding to example systems and algorithms
  • adapt, and design algorithms for execution in parallel and distributed settings, and analyze the algorithms for correctness, reliability, security, and performance.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Corresponding to one of the courses DD1352 Algorithms, Data Structures and Complexity or DD2354 Algorithms and complexity.


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Course book will be announced at the latest 4 weeks before start of the course. Probably the course will use H. Attiya, J. Welch: Distributed Computing, Fundamentals, Simulations, and Advanced Topics, Wiley. Additional material will be made available.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Hand-Ins, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

In this course all the regulations of the code of honor at the School of Computer science and Communication apply, see:

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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