CS 6464: Spring 2009
Advanced Distributed Storage Systems
Apr30: Project demo's will be located in Upson 315 today, Thursday, April 30th.here
Mar25: The project midterm survey paper is due next, Tuesday, March 31st. here
Mar09: Updated project description and ideas is available here.
Feb12: Lab 2 is available. It is has three components that are due:
Feb02: Lab 1 is available. It is due, Tuesday, February 10th, 11:59pm.
Jan28: Lab 0 due tomorrow, Thursday, January 29th.
Jan28: Read and write a review before Thursday, January 29th, class
Jan26: Updated course information page with grading policy, how to write a review, etc.
Jan25: Read and write a review before Tuesday, January 27th, class
Jan23: Lab 0 is available via Course Management System (CMS). It is due, Thursday, January 29th, 11:59pm.
Jan22: Need to register for class to gain access to Course Management System (CMS) and our environment on Amazon's EC2/S3, which is required to completed Lab 0.
Jan20: Read and write a review before Thursday, January 22nd, class
Class schedule: Tue/Thur 10:10-11:25am, 362 Hollister Hall (HLS).
Class instructor: Hakim Weatherspoon (Office hour: Tue/Thur 1:00-2:00pm, 4105C Upson Hall)
Class TA: Tudor Marian (Office hour: Mon/Wed 3:00-4:00pm, 5138 Upson Hall)
Course informationThis course broadly examines distributed storage systems in its many manifestations. It explores how to harness and maintain the collective storage capabilities in storage systems from global-scale enterprises and cloud computing to peer-to-peer, ad hoc, and home networks. It teaches abstractions, design and implementation techniques that allow students to build the kind of scalable high performance distributed systems that can deal with real-world workload. Students read recent research papers on server design, network programming, naming, various storage systems, security, and fault tolerance. The key is that students immerse themselves in state-of-the-art research, produce a term project, and often end with very interesting research results that can be published.
Course structureThis class is a graduate level course with lectures, individual labs and a final team project. Most class meetings consist of half lecture and half paper discussion. You should read the paper before coming to class, and be prepared to discuss it. We will post 1 or 2 questions about each paper to guide your reading. There will be 2-3 individual programming labs for the first half of the term. This sequence of labs will guide you in building a basic network file server. In the second half of the term you will undertake a project either individually or a small team of two. Each group will design and implement a system of its choice.
Prerequisites:1. Undergraduate Operating Systems
2. Programming experience in C/C++ is useful for the labs
Useful BooksThe following books may help provide background help with lab programming. None of them are required. They are listed in rough order of usefulness.
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