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MSCS 237 Distributed Computing Spring 2006. INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed Office: Cudahy Hall 386 Phone: 288-5222 Office Hours: Monday    2:00-3:00pm Wednesday: 2:00-3:00pm, 8:30-9:00pm  or by appointment

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mscs 237 distributed computing spring 2006
MSCS 237 Distributed ComputingSpring 2006

INSTRUCTOR:Dr. Sheikh Iqbal AhamedOffice: Cudahy Hall 386

Phone: 288-5222

Office Hours:

Monday    2:00-3:00pm

Wednesday: 2:00-3:00pm, 8:30-9:00pm  or by appointment

Class room: Cudahy Hall 412 (MW 7:10-8:25pm)



  • DESCRIPTION:  This course focuses primarily on the interconnection of software components, both in the way they communicate with each other, and in the way they are themselves distributed . The concentration is not much on the technical detail of standard such as CORBA, Java RMI, and Distributed Network Architecture, but on the ways these technologies can be used to construct dynamic infrastructures for welding diverse local environments into one community of cooperating parts. The emphasis is every much upon allowing heterogeneity, and on solving business problems related to distributed concentrations of data.
Text book
  • No specific text book will be used.  
  • Materials from internet, reference books, Papers from IEEE digital library, ACM digital library will be used.
  • Dr. Iqbal will provide lecture slides.
  • Additional links will be posted soon.
Course Objectives
  • Each student will become familiar with a broad range of fundamental concepts of distributed computing
  • Students will learn the ways of specifying their interconnection and interaction of different components both in the way they communicate with each other, and in the way they are themselves distributed.
  • Students will become familiar with  different standards of distributed (such as Java RMI, CORBA )
  • Students will achieve a moderate level of  skills, including a thorough understanding of the distributed computing and distributed applications
Computing Facilities
  • You will be using the java stations of computer lab (CU 310) . You have been given access to the room.
  • When grading your programs, we will use the pascal's JDK javac compiler and java interpreter available on the pascalgeneral server. Please make sure that your programs works on studsys. 
  • You are expected to attend every class meeting. The College of Arts and Sciences class attendence policy will be observed.
  • When you reach six absences, you will be formally warned of the possibility of a WA (Withdrawal for Excessive Absences).
  • In the case of absences greater than 8, you will be dropped from the course, earning a grade of WA. Only unavoidable absences (debilitating illness, personal emergency, and, with prior approval, university-sanctioned athletic competition) can be excused .
  • I expect to be able to contact you via email. Homework assignments updates, hints, and items of interest may be distributed by e-mail and on the class web site.
  • I will use your Marquette email address, so if you prefer a different address, set up forwarding option.

45% Assignments 

30% Group project

10% take home exam1

 15% Take home final exam

 [94 - 100]                 A

 [90 – 94)                 AB 

[84 - 90)                    B 

[78 - 84)                   BC 

[70 - 78)                    C 

[64 - 70)            CD

 [55 - 64)                   D

Late Policy:
  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period.
  • A late assignment will be accepted fortwo class periods beyond the due date with a 20% penalty for each class period that is late.
  • No assignments will be accepted more than two class periods late.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all work you turn in must be your own.
  • Your assignments should be completed by YOU without excessive help from anyone.
  • You are encouraged to refer to outside material such as  web pages, research papers, white papers and books but you need to cite references and write solutions in your own words.
  • You should go through the following link: