CS 3410: Distributed Systems
Spring 2018 Syllabus
Can be used to fulfill a requirement for students pursuing a degree or emphasis in Computer Science, and open to other students. Covers design and implementation of network applications, including message passing, concurrency, synchronization, scalability, and partial failure.
CS 2420 and CS 2810, each with a C or better
Course fee: $25, used to assist in maintaining CIT infrastructure.
TR 2:30 pm in Smith 116
Final exam: Monday, April 30 at 1:00 pm
Instructor: Dr Russ Ross
Phone: 435-652-7971 (note: email preferred)
Office: North Burns 226
Office Hours: MTWRF 11:00 am–12:00 noon
At the end of the course, students will understand:
Client-server programming using network sockets,
Remote prodecure calls,
Multithreaded programming and event loops,
Peer-to-peer networks, and
Organization and coordination of distributed systems
There is no text required for this course. Various online resources will be assigned throughout the semester.
You may use the computers in Udvar-Hazy 151. There will also be lab assistants in this lab.
You can also use your own personal computer, but if you do so you are on your own when it comes to installing and configuring necessary software.
Course web site
This course has an accompanying website. You are responsible for announcements, the schedule, and other resources posted on the website. Grades will be managed using Canvas.
Assignments and exams
The student is resposible for read the assigned material. A reading schedule is provided with the class schedule on the course website. Readings consist of a series of research papers and online articles. For each reading, the student will participate in an in-class discussion and answer quiz questions.
Research papers can be difficult reading, so students should plan on several hours over multiple sessions to read each paper.
Assignments will be graded for accuracy of function and style of design. Programs that do not compile will receive no credit. It is important that you start early and get each of your assignments done before its due date. Many problems will take much longer to solve in a single sitting than in many shorter sessions. Give yourself time to think; sleep on difficult problems. Finish early so you can go back and refine your initial approach.
Assignments are due by the end of the week listed in the schedule, and must be passed off to the instructor during class time or in office hours. This means that you must reserve time to pass it off at a suitable time before the end of the day it is due.
There will be no exams, but there will be two presentations. Each student will be assignment a research paper to read and present to the entire class. Details and the schedule will be discussed in class.
Assignments, in-class activities, and presentations each contribute to your point total. In total, the assignments comprise 50% of your grade, reading quizzes 20%, in-class activities 10%, and the two presentations each count for 10%.
Letter grades are assigned based on the percentage of possible points attained, according to the following chart:
|Minimum Percentage||Letter Grade|
Students are responsible for material covered and announcements made in class. School-related absences may be made up only if prior arrangements are made. The class schedule presented is approximate. The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule according to class needs. Changes will be announced in class. Exams and quizzes cannot be made up unless arrangements are made prior to the scheduled time.
Occasional absences are acceptable as long as the student keeps up with assignment work. Students who miss more than two consecutive weeks of class or who miss more than 20% of scheduled classes during the semester without making prior arrangements will receive a failing grade. Students who miss any scheduled exam (including midterm exams and the final exam) or fail to complete a final project without making prior arrangements will receive a failing grade.
This course can only be completed by attending classes and completing all assigned work to a satisfactory level. There is no procedure for testing out of the class.
Courses should require about 45 hours of work per credit hour of class. This class will require about 135 hours of work on the part of the student to achieve a passing grade, which is approximately 9 hours per week. If you do not have the time to spend on this course, you should probably rethink your schedule.
Assignments are due on the date specified in the schedule. Handing them in or passing them off after the specified time is considered one day late. You may turn them in up to two school days late with penalties as described below. After two days late, you receive zero points.
For example: if an assignment is due at noon on Thursday:
- Before noon Friday the assignment is considered 1 day late.
- Before noon Monday the assignment is considered 2 days late.
- After noon on Monday the assignment will not be accepted.
Saturdays, Sundays, and school holidays do not count as late days. Late days do not extend beyond the last day of class.
Each student is given five free late days to use over the course of the semester. The lateness of an assignment will be determined according to the rules given above, and the first five late days used during the semester will be forgiven. After that, each late day will result in a 10% penalty.
- Even using free late days, students cannot submit assignments more than two days late and receive credit. No assignments will be accepted more than two days past the original deadline.
- Free late days are applied to the first five late days during the semester. Students cannot control which late days are penalized and which ones forgiven; the first five late days in the semester are forgiven, and the rest are penalized.
- Free late days only apply to students who submit every assignment within the two-day cutoff period. For example, if you fail to submit the fifth assignment, or submit it more than two days late, you will forfeit all free late days, including those used for earlier assignments.
- No other extensions will be granted, except under exceptional circumstances. Students should reserve their free late days to use in the event of illness, emergencies, traveling, sports conflicts, etc. Students are advised not to use their free late days early in the semester, as assignments tend to get more difficult and schedules tighter as the semester progresses.
Limited collaboration with other students in the course is permitted. Students may seek help learning concepts and developing programming skills from whatever sources they have available, and are encouraged to do so. Collaboration on assignments, however, must be confined to course instructors, lab assistants, and other students in the course. Students are free to discuss strategies for solving programming assignments with each other, but this must not extend to the level of programming code. Each student must code his/her own solution to each assignment. See the section on cheating.
Cheating will not be tolerated, and will result in a failing grade for the students involved as well as possible disciplinary action from the college. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, turning in homework assignments that are not the student’s own work. It is okay to seek help from others and from reference materials, but only if you learn the material. As a general rule, if you cannot delete your assignment, start over, and re-create it successfully without further help, then your homework is not considered your own work.
You are encouraged to work in groups while studying for tests, discussing class lectures, discussing algorithms for homework solutions, and helping each other identify errors in your homework solutions. If you are unsure if collaboration is appropriate, contact the instructor. Also, note exactly what you did. If your actions are determined to be inappropriate, the response will be much more favorable if you are honest and complete in your disclosure.
Where collaboration is permitted, each student must still create and type in his/her own solution. Any kind of copying and pasting is not okay. If you need help understanding concepts, get it from the instructor or fellow classmates, but never copy another’s code or written work, either electronically or visually. The line between collaborating and cheating is generally one of language: talking about solutions in English or other natural languages is usually okay, while discussions that take place in programming languages are usually not okay. It is a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes after any discussion to start your independent write-up. This will help you commit what you have learned to long-term memory as well as help to avoid crossing the line to cheating.
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Last Updated 01/11/2018