• Offered by School of Computing
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Josh Milthorpe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021. Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged.

This course is based on the foundations set by the previous course on computer organisation. It expands particularly into all forms of concurrent programming including aspects of massively parallel programming.

This course introduces all basic mechanisms to analyse, design, and manage concurrent, single computer-node (multicore) as well as distributed applications (e.g. as performance or dependability enhancements).

Following on from the previous course, the fields of operating systems and networking will also be expanded on. On the operating system side aspects of security, scheduling algorithms and memory management are discussed. More specific networking aspects follow on from message passing as a core concurrency construct. These include the basics of routing and dependable protocols.


Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Model, design and program concurrent systems.
  2. Select appropriate modeling techniques, tools and mechanisms to solve a range of problems in concurrent and distributed systems. This includes the appropriate programming language and runtime environment for the task at hand.
  3. Analyse and debug concurrent programs.
  4. Understand the aspects of an operating system concerning scheduling, protection and memory management.
  5. Employ message passing locally and over networks to construct distributed systems
  6. Distinguish as well as connect conceptual concurrency with physical parallelism at all levels of a distributed system.
  7. Identify core aspects of operating systems and networks irrespective of the specific system at hand.
  8. Reflect critically on current concurrent and distributed systems tools and their limitations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (40%)
  2. Mid-semester exam (10%)
  3. 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 (COMP6300 or exemption) and (COMP6700 or COMP6710 or exemption). You will not be able to enrol in the course if you have completed COMP2310.

Preliminary Reading

See prerequisites


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
5353 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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