Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Distributed Application Environment

PDI Acad. year 2015/2016 Winter semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Common characteristics of distributed environments. Principles, algorithms and systems of distributed computing. Types of distributed environments. Design and model of distributed applications. Distributed operating and file systems. Cloud Computing. Technology JSP, J2EE, JavaBeans, EJB, RPC, XML-RPC, SOAP, IIOP. Web services. Technology CORBA, COM, DCOM. Security in distributed applications.


Language of instruction



Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 6 hrs pc labs, 20 hrs projects

Assessment points

55 exam, 15 half-term test, 10 exercises, 20 projects



Pluskal Jan, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Ráb Jaroslav, Ing. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Rychlý Marek, RNDr., Ph.D. (DIFS FIT BUT)
Ryšavý Ondřej, doc. Ing., Ph.D. (DIFS FIT BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The student will become familiar with concepts and principles of distributed environments, with design and implementation of applications for distributed environments and security aspects in distributed environments.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

  • Student learns terminology in the domain of DS
  • Student learns to create small projects
  • Student learns to present and defend the results of the small project

Learning objectives

The aim is to understand principles and design of applications for distributed environment, obtain overview of modern distributed environments and ability of usage application interface for various programming environments.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

  • knowledge of programming
  • knowledge discrete mathematics
  • basic knowledge of computer networks

Study literature

  • Tanenbaum, A.: Modern Operating Systems. Prentice Hall, 2001, ISBN: 0130313580
  • Stevens, W.R. "UNIX Network Programming." Vol. 1, The Sockets Networking API, 2004, ISBN: 0131411551
  • Stevens, W.R. "UNIX Network Programming." Vol. 2, Interprocess Communications, 1999, ISBN: 0130810819
  • selected research papers

Fundamental literature

  • Kshemkalyani, Singhal: Distributed Computing, Cambridge Press, 2008.
  • Tanenbaum, A., Steen, M.: Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms. Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN: 0130888931

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Common characteristics of distributed environments
  2. Model of distributed computations    
  3. Logical Time
  4. Global State
  5. Group Communication
  6. Terminal Detection
  7. Mutual exclusion
  8. Consensus and agreement
  9. RPC, XML-RPC, CORBA, Real-time CORBA, Java RMI
  10. SOA, SOAP, Enterprise Applications
  11. Cloud Computing
  12. Complex Event Processing
  13. Programming languages for large distributed systems

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  • Implementation of distributed application in the given target environment (CORBA, Azure, Hadoop,...).

Progress assessment

  • Mid-term written examination - 15 points
  • Laboratory exercises - 10 points
  • Evaluated project with the defense - 20 points
  • Final written examination - 55 points

Exam prerequisites

  • not applicable

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MBI, MBS, MIN, MMI, MMM, any year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MGM, any year of study, Compulsory-Elective group I
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MIS, 2nd year of study, Compulsory-Elective group N
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MPV, 2nd year of study, Compulsory-Elective group C
  • Programme IT-MSC-2, field MSK, 2nd year of study, Compulsory
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