Distributed Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


The student should gain knowledge of basic and advanced theories and methods in distributed systems:

  • Distributed systems models: structuring (including, e.g., peer-to-peer, client-server, service-oriented architecture) and behavior (communication, error, and security models)
  • time concept in distributed systems (clock synchronization and logical time)
  • distributed algorithms, such as algorithms for mutual exclusion, selection, consensus, transactions, replication, and error tolerance
  • programming of distributed systems, e.g. languages, coordination models, principles for distribution of calculation and data
  • one or more topics among
    • techniques for analysis, such as monitoring, testing, formal verification, and benchmarking
    • designing and building complex distributed infrastructures and applications for e.g. IoT, cloud, peer-to-peer, distributed embedded systems
    • system and network software for (distributed) embedded systems
    • distributed and parallel computation, parallel algorithms
    • advanced security solutions


  • be able to explain precisely and using the terminology and notation of the subject
  • assess how and to what extent the results presented can be used
  • designing and deploying distributed applications


  • be able to apply concepts and techniques from distributed systems to the design and analysis of distributed systems

Type of instruction

The type of instruction is organised in accordance with the general instruction methods of the programme, cf. ยง 17.

Extent and expected workload

It is expected that the student uses 30 hours per ECTS, which for this activity means 150 hours



Name of examDistributed Systems
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Contact: The Study board for Computer Science at cs-sn@cs.aau.dk or 9940 8854

Facts about the module

Danish titleDistribuerede systemer
Module codeDSNDATFK113
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Computer Science
DepartmentDepartment of Computer Science
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design