CS3AC16-Advanced Computing

Module Provider: Computer Science
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Atta Badii

Email: atta.badii@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module covers contents of distributed computing, cloud computing, and parallel computing. Multi-core processors, such as GPU, and related parallel computing are also introduced.  After introduction to distributed systems, distributed computing and cloud computing are discussed as applications in the context of the pervasive Internet of Things data streams and the challenges of processing and making sense of the Big Data volumes resulting from a network-centric world.  

The primary aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge of some of the currently advanced computing topics, and to enable students to appreciate the role of these concepts in applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module studies, students should be able to:

• Conceptualise a distributed system at various levels of abstraction;

• Develop a distributed solution through design, implementation, testing and evaluation;

• Appreciate functions of cloud computing and its applications;

• Analyse multi-core processors in terms of process-scheduling;

• Implement multi-core programming.

Additional outcomes:
The student will gain experience and practical techniques in analysing and building distributed solutions and construction of distributed applications. Systematic analysis of multi-core processors and its programming skills will be developed in a lab-based practical.

Outline content:

• Core concepts of distributed computing.

• Distributed design patterns at two levels: object and process.

• Object level: remote objects, migration and replication.

• Process levels: client-server, peer-to-peer and group.

• Issues in design of distribution systems

• Parallel and distributed computing: the main and functional partitioning, message passing and performance measurement

• Cloud computing and its applications

• Multi-core processors and its programming.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and practical coursework.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 60
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    One examination paper of 2 hours duration in August/September - the resit module mark will be the higher of the exam mark (100% exam) and the exam mark plus previous coursework marks (70% exam, 30% coursework).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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