• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course is concerned with aspects of computation beyond sequential  programs. Concurrency occurs naturally in most real-world applications  and is also strongly suggested by any modern computer architecture.  Working professionally in computing today thus means to be able to  handle those challenges and to employ the available hardware to the  fullest. This course introduces all basic mechanisms to analyse, design,  and manage single computer as well as distributed applications. Topics  addressed include: Basics of concurrency and its modelling, Mutual  exclusion, Condition synchronization, Safety and liveness, Message  passing, Architectures including operating systems and Distributed systems including networks, transactions and replications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts involved in the construction of concurrent and distributed systems
  • "Speak the language" of concurrent modelling, design and programming
  • Select appropriate modelling techniques and mechanisms and apply them to the solution of problems in concurrent and distributed systems.
  • Select the appropriate programming language and environment for the task at hand.
  • Write scalable, concurrent modules which show the intended and predictable behaviours.
  • Analyse and debug small to medium scale concurrent programs.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (40%); Mid-Semester Exam (10%); Practical Exercises (10%); Final Exam (50%)

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Thirty one-hour lectures, nine two-hour tutorials/laboratory sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP2100 or COMP2500 or COMP2300; and COMP1110 or COMP1510 or COMP1140.

Prescribed Texts

Jeff Magee and Jeff Kramer, Concurrency: State Models and Java Programming, 2nd edn, Wiley, 2006.Ben-Ari, M.Principles of Concurrent and Distributed Programming. Prentice Hall, 1990.A.D. Kshemkalyani and M. Singhal, Distributed Computing: Principles, Algorithms, and Systems, Cambridge University Press, March 2011.George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg and Gordon Blair, Distributed Systems Concepts and Design, Fifth Edition, Addison Wesley, May 2011




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3288
2004 $3234
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6889 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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