15-440: Distributed Systems Syllabus


Distributed Systems
Maarten Van Steen & Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1543057386, 3rd edition.

The lecture notes will be available after each lecture to assist with studying -- please read them as they often contain material that goes beyond just what we covered in lecture! For supplemental reading in particular areas, you may find one of the following texts, available from the library, helpful:


Your final grade for the course will be based on the following weights for the components of the course. The weights of the individual projects will vary slightly by the difficulty of the project:

The midterms will be in-class, closed-book exams. While they may cover all material to that point in the class, their content will emphasize the material covered since the previous exam. The final exam will be a closed-book exam, covering material from the whole semester, with slight emphasis on material covered since the last midterm.

For more information about the project component, see the assignments page.

The homework will combine both textbook-like questions as well as hands-on experimental exercises. There will be three homework assignments.

Because of the importance of understanding both the theoretical and hands-on elements of systems, students must pass all three components of the course (homeworks, exams, and the projects) in order to receive a passing grade for the course. This does not affect the actual letter grade assignment unless one of the components is not completed to a passing standard.


Date Instructor Topics Notes Readings
Tue 08/28 yuvraj Introduction
[pdf] [ppt]
Tanenbaum 1.1, 1.2
Thu 08/30 daniel Communication 1, the Internet in a Day, day 1
Tanenbaum 4.1
Tue 09/04 daniel Communication 2, the Internet in a Day, day 2
Wed 09/05 TAs P0 Recitation (Wean 7500)
Thu 09/06 yuvraj Consistency - Classical synchronization + Go-style concurrency
[pdf] [ppt]
Chapter on Condition Variables from the Wisconsin OS book , for more information. Rob Pike - GO Concurrency Patterns Kesden concurrency notes
Tue 09/11 daniel Time and Synchronization
Recent research on time sync protocols (2018) HUYGENS (PDF) Tanenbaum 6.1-6.2
Thu 09/13 yuvraj Remote Procedure Calls
[pdf] [ppt]
Tanenbaum 4.2
Tue 09/18 yuvraj Distributed Filesystems
[pdf] [ppt]
See also the book chapters on AFS and NFS from the Wisconsin OS book.
Wed 09/19 TAs P1 Recitation (Wean 7500)
[pdf] [ppt]
Thu 09/20 yuvraj Distributed Filesystems 2 - AFS, Coda, LBFS, current DFSs
[pdf] [ppt]
CODA paper. LBFS paper (read first 6 pages)
Tue 09/25 daniel Distributed Mutual Exclusion
Tanenbaum 6.3-6.4
Thu 09/27 yuvraj Concurrency Control
[pdf] [pptx]
Tanenbaum 8.1, 8.5
Tue 10/02 yuvraj Logging and Crash Recovery
[pdf] [pptx]
Wikipedia Algorithms for Recovery and Isolation. Tanenbaum 8.1, 8.6
Wed 10/03 TAs P1 Part B Recitation (Wean 7500)
[pdf] [pptx]
Thu 10/04 yuvraj Distributed Replication
[pdf] [pptx]
Further reading for PAXOS. Also check out the RAFT consensus algorithm and a nice Vizualization of how it works! Tanenbaum Ch7 (p364-p370, p398-p401), Tanenbaum 8.2, Paxos Made Simple Paper
Tue 10/09 freddie and dohyun Fault Tolerance & RAID
See also the book chapter from the Wisconsin book.
Thu 10/11 daniel Distributed databases (case study), Spanner
paper, recent blog post (9/21/18) , hacker news discussion
Tue 10/16 yuvraj & daniel First Midterm Review
During class time: 10.30am to 11.50am (please come 5 minutes early and plan to leave around noon). In GHC 4401.
Tue 10/23 daniel Data center storage (GFS / HDFS)
Read Sections 2.3-2.6, 3.1, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2 in the the Google Filesystem paper. Optional GFS follow-up interview.
Wed 10/24 TAs P2 Recitation (Wean 7500)
Thu 10/25 daniel Data-Intensive Computing and MapReduce/Hadoop
Read Sections 3 and 4 in the MapReduce paper, it's pretty readable.
Tue 10/30 daniel In-memory cluster compute, Spark, Distributed ML
Spark/RDD Paper, Helland on Immutability, further refs in slides
Thu 11/01 daniel Internet Content Delivery
Optional readings Akamai paper, consistent hashing theory paper (summary paper), Dropbox Blog Post (10/10/18) Tanenbaum 5.1-5.5, 7.6
Tue 11/06 Joshua Leners Guest lecture on datacenter storage systems
Title: Pursuing reliability in storage at Two Sigma, or how I learned to stop worrying and delete 25 PB of data
Thu 11/08 daniel Virtualization
See also the book chapter on Virtual Machines from the Wisconsin OS book
Tue 11/13 daniel Byzantine Fault Tolerance
See also an online lecture about BFT by Barbara Liskov, and the PBFT paper. Optional (fun) read James' Saddest Moment Tanenbaum pages 449 - 460
Wed 11/14 TAs P3 Recitation (Wean 7500)
Thu 11/15 Dave Andersen P2P networks, distributed ledgers, and blockchains
Lecture by Prof. Dave Andersen, from CMU!
Tue 11/20 No Class, Early Thanksgiving
Thu 11/22 No Class, Thanksgiving
Tue 11/27 yuvraj Security Protocols
[pdf] [pptx]
See wikipedia entry for needham-schroeder and wikipedia entry for Diffie-Hellman. Tanenbaum 9.1-9.3
Thu 11/29 yuvraj Security II, Case Study - Anonymous Routing and TOR
[pdf] [pptx]
Tue 12/04 yuvraj & daniel Second Midterm Review
During class time: 10.30am to 11.50am (please come 5 minutes early and plan to leave around noon). In the McConomy Auditorium.

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