• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

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 and analyse the concepts involved in the construction of concurrent and distributed systems
  • "Speak the language" of concurrent modelling, design and programming
  • Select and analzye 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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Workload

Thirty one-hour lectures, nin two-hour tutorials/laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP6700; and COMP6300 or COMP6442.

Preliminary Reading

See prerequisites

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1980
2004 $2088
2005 $2088
2006 $2088
2007 $2088
2008 $2190
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2004 $3450
2005 $3534
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7574 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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