Distributed Systems

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Distributed Systems

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MA 1009 Mathematics for Business, Economics and Sciences
    ITC 3106 Mathematics for Computing
    ITC 1070 LE Information Technology Fundamentals – orCS
    1070 Introduction to Information Systems
    ITC 3275 Introduction to Computer Networks. 

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Distributed systems principles; communication; processes; naming; synchronization; fault tolerance; security; consistency and replication; object-based systems; document-based systems; distributed file systems; coordination-based systems; payment systems; Internet and web protocols; scalability.

    Principles and concepts of distributed systems underpin development of real-world applications. Students will get a deeper understanding of these principles as well as the design and the complexity of a distributed system, with the use of up to date paradigms. Students will be exposed to the concepts of distributed system’s inter-operability, transparency and autonomy and to the difficulties of concurrency, lack of a global clock and independent failure of components.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Determine and explain the needs to design a distributed system and analyze their models.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of communication on distributed systems and processes.
    3. Evaluate distributed system architectures, consistency models, process synchronization and data replication needs.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Lectures, class discussions, and review of real-world cases based on specific theoretical concepts. Laboratory practical sessions.
    • Office hours: Students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions and go over lecture material.
    • Use of the Blackboard Learning platform, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.


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