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Distributed Systems

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Distributed Systems
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022
Module code: PIB-VS
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V+2P (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 5
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Oral examination (50%,), project work (50%)

[updated 24.02.2018]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

PIB-VS (P221-0005) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022 , semester 5, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
PIB-BS Operating Systems
PIB-PR2 Programming 2
PIB-RN Computer Networks

[updated 21.02.2022]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Markus Esch
Prof. Dr. Markus Esch

[updated 21.02.2022]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will be able to name the properties of distributed systems and will be able to describe important concepts of distributed systems. They will be able to recognize the inherent complexity of distributed systems and the importance of protocol definitions and architectures at application level.
Students will be able to apply common programming techniques and current technologies for the development of distributed systems. In addition, they will be capable of analyzing the properties of different architectural approaches against the background of the requirements for a distributed system and of deriving approaches from them independently.
Through project work, students will be able apply project management methods in project groups of up to six people.

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Module content:
- Characteristics of distributed systems
- Architecture of distributed systems
- Interprocess communication in distributed systems
  o Client/server programming
  o Socket programming
  o Remote procedure calls
  o Java RMI
  o SOAP web services
  o REST web services
- Error tolerance

[updated 24.02.2018]
Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture slides, annotated lecture slides as a script, program examples, project work

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Recommended or required reading:
A. S. TANNENBAUM, M. v. STEEN: Distributed Systems. Principles and Paradigms, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2nd Edition, 2016
G. COULOURIS, J. DOLLIMORE, T. KINDBERG: Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design, 5th Edition, 2011
A. SCHILL, T. SPRINGER: Verteilte Systeme: Grundlagen und Basistechnologien, Springer, 2012
G. BENGEL: Grundkurs Verteilte Systeme, Springer, 2014
M. ZAHN: Unix-Netzwerkprogrammierung mit Threads, Sockets und SSL, Springer, 2006
D. ABTS: Masterkurs Client/Server-Programmierung mit Java, Springer, 2015
T. MARRS: JSON at Work: Practical Data Integration for the Web, 2017
S. GULABANI: Developing RESTful Web Services with Jersey 2.0, 2014
B. BURKE: RESTful Java with JAX-RS 2.0, 2. Auflage, 2013
E. HAROLD, Java Network Programming, 4th Edition, 2013
A. LOMBARDI: Websockets - Lightweight Client-Server Communications, 2015

[updated 30.07.2021]
Module offered in:
WS 2024, WS 2023/24, WS 2022/23, WS 2021/22, WS 2020/21, ...
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