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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers fundamental models for distributed systems, inter process communication and how to handle synchronization, consistency, replication, fault tolerance and security in a distributed system. The course consist of a series of lectures and seminars that include practical assignments. The assignments will be programming tasks that exemplify problem statements examined in the course.

Intended learning outcomes

The students shall after the course be able to:

  • explain important characteristics of distributed systems
  • describe architectural and fundamental models of distributed systems
  • explain and compare strategies for interprocess communication
  • explain and compare middleware models
  • explain and compare name services
  • explain the concept of logical time
  • use logical time to implement distributed algorithms.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Accepted to master's program at KTH in the area of Information Technology or Computer Science

Proficiency in English corresponding to English B/English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Distributed Systems - Concepts and Design, Georgis Coulouris, Jean Dollimore and Tim Kindberg
Upplaga: fifth edition Förlag: Addison-Wesley År: 2011
ISBN 0-13-214301-1

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, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

The examination consists of a written examination and practical assignments during seminar sessions. Assignments should be done and presented when scheduled. Final grade is based on the performance of the written exam and the practical assignments.

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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Profile picture Vladimir Vlassov

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

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Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Vlassov, Vladimir

Supplementary information

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