Course details

Distributed Application Environment

PDI Acad. year 2012/2013 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. Distributed database systems. 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

39 hrs lectures, 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

55 exam, 10 half-term test, 35 projects



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The stundent will acquaint yourself with concepts and principles of distributed environments, with design and implementation of applications for distributed environments and security aspects in distributed environments.

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.

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. (no lecture)
  3. Model of distributed computations    
  4. Logical Time
  5. Global State
  6. Group Communication
  7. Terminal Detection
  8. RPC, XML-RPC, CORBA, Real-time CORBA
  9. Mutual exclusion
  10. Consensus and agreement
  11. SOA, SOAP, Enterprise Applications
  12. Complex Event Processing
  13. Programming languages for large distributed systems

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  • Implementation of selected applications,algorithms for selected distributed environments.

Progress assessment

Requirements specification and design of projects, two projects elaboration, presentation of projects/research paper, mid-term exam.

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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