1220 Distributed Systems
Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Stefan Sobernig, Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Mark Strembeck
Contact details
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09/02/19 to 11/14/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 11/19/19 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 11/26/19 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 12/03/19 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 12/10/19 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 12/17/19 09:00 AM - 01:30 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 01/07/20 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 01/14/20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.2.02


In this course we will discuss:

  • the basic characteristics of distributed systems;
  • architectures of distributed systems;
  • problems related to the communication in distributed systems;
  • methods and techniques to address such problems;
  • different types of middleware;
  • software patterns for distributed systems;
  • an introduction to graph theory and graph algorithms.

The course focuses on generic concepts, techniques, methods, and open standards for distributed systems.
We do not (explicitly) discuss the implementation of distributed systems via a particular programming language or software platform.

Recommended prior knowledge:

  • Basic knowledge of data transmission (signals, signal encoding, channels, etc.);
  • Basic knowledge of computer network topologies;
  • Good knowledge of the ISO/OSI model;
  • Good knowledge of the Internet protocol stack (esp. UDP, TCP, IP, and HTTP).

Attendance requirements

Attendance is required according to the WU examination rules for a PI (i.e., 6 out of 7 sessions).


  • 4 in-class exams counting for 5 points each;
  • 1 final exam counting for 60 points;
  • A positive grade is awarded if at least 50% of all points (i.e. 40/80) are earned.
  • Each student who participates in at least one of the 5 exams is graded.
Last edited: 2019-08-26