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The Australian National University

Concurrent and Distributed Systems
Semester 2 2014

Munich Bahnhof K computer board K computer Wireless Sensor network
Concurrent and distributed systems make up a very large portion of computing systems, ranging from interconnected microcontrollers (cars, buildings, airplanes, trains, automation) to large networks of powerful multi-processor machines (internet, cloud computing, supercomputers). As processes in the "real world" are inherently concurrent, computing systems that interface with real world processes need to be able to deal with concurrency. Additionally, the processor industry recently moved towards multi-core processors on a wide scale, which means that now even individual computers employ concurrency for improved performance.

Developing software for concurrent systems is inherently complex. This course will provide the foundations and tools to understand, design and develop correct software for concurrent and distributed systems.

General Information

  • Course coordinator and lecturer: Dr Peter Strazdins
    Course Tutors: Beau Johnston, Brian Lee and Peter Strazdins

  • The CSSA is running a study event for the Comp2310 final exam on Tuesday, 11th of Nov in Hancock West. The event starts at 6pm and will run till 8pm. There will be COMP2310 tutors, like last time, for the duration of the event and Turkish pizza with drinks at 6:30pm. After the event you are welcome to stay until midnight when Hancock closes.
  • See here for the Mid-semester Exam details on 15:00 Tue Sep 23 (in MH).

  • We will be using a model based approach to concurrency (in line with modelling approaches in COMP2130 and COMP2600) -- see the text book.

  • Timetabling of Lectures and Practicals: see the ANU Timetabling entry.
    (practicals are: wed10-12 N113, wed15-17 N114, thu16-18 N113, fri11-13 N112, fri15-17 N112)

  • Practicals: Registration will open in StReAMS in am Monday of week 1 of Semester 2.

  • The course's wattle page will be used for DLD recordings and selected solutions / quiz results.

  • Course news will be posted on the Announcement forum (staff post only).

  • Please feel free to post courses related queries and issues to the Discussion forum; see the first post for the rules on using the forum.

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