Distributed Systems and Network Principles (COMP2121)


The unit will provide a broad introduction to the principles of distributed systems and their design; provide students the fundamental knowledge required to analyse and construct various types of distributed systems; explain the common architectural principles and approaches used in the design of networks at different scales (e.g. shared medium access and routing); introduce the programming skills required for developing distributed applications, and will cover the use of Java class libraries and APIs; cover common approaches and techniques in distributed resource management (e.g. task scheduling).

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (50%) Final Exam (50%)


Tanenbaum & van Steen/Distributed Systems Principles and Paradigms, 2nd edition/2007//

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

INFO1103 and (INFO1105 or INFO1905)

Introductory Java programming unit, Data Structures, Algorithms


(COMP2007 OR COMP2907)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.