ID2203 Distributed Systems, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

Distribuerade system, fortsättningskurs

The course complements Distributed systems gk (basic course), and prepares the students for M.Sc projects, and Ph.D. studies in the area of distributed systems. The M.Sc. projects are conducted in the department or in IT industry.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Information Technology
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The course complements Distributed Systems, Basic Course, and prepares the students for M.Sc projects, and Ph.D. studies in the area of distributed systems.

The main objective of this course is to provide the students with a solid foundation for understanding, analyzing and designing distributed algorithms for reliable distributed systems.

More specifically after the course is completed the student will:

  • Know how to specify the properties of distributed algorithms, so called liveness and safety properties.
  • Explain the different models of distributed systems, including failure and timing models.
  • Master basic algorithms for failure detection, leader elections, broadcast and multicast, basic shared memory in distributed systems, agreement protocols, and group communication.
  • Practice in design and implementation of selected distributed algorithms in middleware designed for group communication.

Course main content


  • Models of distributed algorithms
  • Event-based programming
  • Failure detectors and leader elections
  • Reliable broadcast and epdimic algorithms
  • Shared memory models
  • Consensus and agreement
  • Group communication and view synchrony
  • Stabilization algorithms
  • Impossibility proofs


120 university credits (hp) in engineering or natural sciences and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English A.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in distributed systems and basic logic (rudimentary proof techniques)


Reliable Distributed Programming, Rachid Guerraoui and Luis Rodrigues
Upplaga: Förlag: Springer År: 2006. ISBN: 3-540-28845-7 

Övrig litteratur:

Textbook: Gerard Tel, Introduction to Distributed Algorithms, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, ISBN +-521-79483-8.  

Textbook: Distributed Computing: Fundamentals, Simulations, and Advanced Topics, Wiley Series on Parallel and Distributed Computing


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Lab. assignement (LAB1; 3 hp)
Exam (TEN1; 4,5 hp)

Midterm exam (10 point) has a weight of 10% given as bonus point.Final exam (TEN1; 4.5 hp) (70 points) has a weight of 70% of the final result. The practical part of the course (LAB1; 3 hp) consists of 4 parts, three parts are compulsory and gives 30 points (of weight 30%), and the fourth gives 10 extra bonus points.

For the final grade the following is valid:

A: 90 points or higher
B: 75-89 points
C: 65-74 points
D: 55- 64 pointsE: 45-54 points
Fx: 40-44 points
F: less than 40 points 

For approved grade (E or higher) the following should be satisfied:

  • The student has completed the compulsory part of LAB1.
  • The student should be able to explain the different models of distributed system.
  • The student should be able to specify the properties of distributed algorithms.

For higher grade the student should be able to master the basic algorithm tested according to the exam.  

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science


Seif Haridi <>

Add-on studies

M.Sc. project, Ph.D education


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.