Distributed Systems




CS 425 : ECE 428



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Fall 2019


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  • [12/21] This is course has concluded. You will receive your grade through the University system (please do not email course staff/instructor for grades or grade certifications). Happy Holidays!

  • [8/1] If you're a student in the course (on-campus or MCS-DS or online), regardless of whether you've managed to successfully register, then [Please take survey at this link]. (Fill by Tuesday 9/5 EOD)
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Basic Information:

Class Meets Tu and Th, 2.00 PM - 3.15 PM, 1320 DCL (DCL = Digital Computer Laboratory)

All Coursera (MCS-DS) Students Go Here For All Course Content: [Coursera MCS Online CS425 Website]

All other (non-MCS-DS students) should use this current website (not the Coursera website)

Discussion Forum for all students, on-campus, online and MCS-DS (fastest way to get queries answered): Piazza 

To mail staff, email: cs-425-staff@mx.uillinois.edu

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[Recommended, but not Required] Coulouris, G., Dollimore, J., Kindberg, T., and Blair G., Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design, Addison-Wesley, Fifth Edition, 2011, ISBN: 0132143011. Please note: We will refer to chapter, section, and problem numbers ONLY in the Fifth Edition. If you use an older edition, correct interpretation/translation of these numbers is solely the students' responsibility (no excuses).

[Supplementary (Optional) Textbooks]

Lots of readings from the Web

Sukumar Ghosh. Distributed Systems: An Algorithmic Approach. 2006 CRC Press, ISBN: 1584885645. (Available online free at the UIUC library)

A. Tanenbaum and M. Steen, Distributed systems: principles and paradigms, Prentice Hall, Second Edition, 2005, ISBN: 0132392275.

Prerequisites: CS 241 or ECE 391 or equivalent course on Operating Systems or Networking (approval of instructor required for latter).

Grades:  Compass 2g

Course Details Sheet: [pdf]

MP Groups (4 cr only): Fill form by Thursday 9/5 and let us know via [This Link] (before clicking, login Google Apps@Illinois via your illinois.edu account) AND send email to cs-425-staff@mx.uillinois.edu 

Student Survey: If you're registered for this course -- [Please take survey at this link] (Fill by Thursday 9/5)

Lecture Videos: [Mediaspace] [Echo360] (On-campus Students only, MCS Online Students should watch the Coursera video lectures)


Academic Integrity Policy (Please Read):

We adhere by the CS academic integrity policies outlined at this webpage. It is the course policy that all of the work you submit for grading, or in support of graded material, as an individual or project group, shall be your own product, from inception to completion. The only resources you can avail of in your HWs and MPs are the provided course materials (slides, textbooks, etc.), and communication with instructor/TA via newsgroup and email. With others (apart from yourself for HWs, and apart from your group-mate for MPs) you can only discuss course materials and the HW/MP specs. Study groups are recommended but you cannot discuss ideas or solutions to HWs and MPs. Please do not reveal solutions on any of these fora including Piazza. Exams are closed-book, closed-notes, unless otherwise speciļ¬ed.

We rigorously check every submitted HW and MP (including code) for violations of academic integrity.

All violations of this academic integrity policy are treated seriously in this course. Don't risk it - just avoid cheating and the temptation to! That way, you'll learn more and years later you will be happier about standing up for yourself.