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Distributed Systems

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Spring Term 2018

Admitted to the course

Here you will find everything you need to know before the course starts.

About the course

The goal of this course is to introduce basic knowledge to understand how modern distributed systems operate. Our focus will be on distributed algorithms and on practical aspects that should be considered when designing and implementing real systems. Some topics that will be covered are causality and logical clocks, synchronization and coordination algorithms, transactions and replication, and end-to-end system design. Although students will need to learn various distributed algorithms, this is not only a theoretical course. Thus, computer based assignments will be used extensively so that students will gain practical experience designing and implementing real systems. In addition the course will explore recent trends exemplified by current highly available and reliable distributed systems.

Application and eligibility

Distributed Systems, 7.5 hp


Lectures begin on week starting 19 March 2018


Lectures end during the week of 28 May 2018

Study location



English (upon request)

Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: To be admitted you must have (or equivalent) 90 ECTS-credits including 60 ECTS-credits in Computing Science or two years of completed studies within a study programme (120 ECTS-credits). In both cases, including at least 7.5 ECTS-credits in operating systems (e.g. 5DV171) and at least 7.5 ECTS-credits on bechelor level in computer networks, (e.g. 5DV166).

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 16 October 2017. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Course is given by
Department of computing science
Contactperson for the course is:
Student Office at computing science