Large Systems 2017-2018

Lecturer Arno Bakker
Lab TeacherMick Pouw
Lab SupportNiels Sijm


Design and Implementation

Distributed Systems (3rd Edition, February 2017) by Maarten van Steen and Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Available as a free eBook from

Chapters and Sections to Study


The Practice of System and Network Administration (3rd Edition, October 2016)
by Thomas A. Limoncelli, Christina J. Hogan, Strata R. Chalup
ISBN-10: 0321919165
ISBN-13: 978-0321919168

Chapters and Sections to Study


Your final grade consists of:

Presentation 5% Report 30% Exam 65%

Minimum grade for each part 4.0

Exam Date: Monday December 18th, 10:30 CET

Presentation Date: Thursday December 21th, 10:00 CET

Report deadline: Sunday December 24th, 23:59 CET


Week Topic PDF Quiz
1a Intro Course Intro, Distribution Intro
1b Virtualization Virtualization, part 1+2+3+4 Crossword
2a Virtualization
2b Virtualization Diagrams
3a Communication and Coordination C&C, Replication, Partitioning
3b Replication + Partitioning
4b Fault Tolerance Fault Tolerance
4b Architectures Arch: Google Search
5a Arch: BitTorrent Arch: BitTorrent
5a Administration of desktops Admin Intro, Desktops, Servers, Datacenters
5b Data centers
6a Guest Lecture: DevOps Online or Offline
6b Servers + Services Services
7a No lecture, project time
7b No lecture, project time

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Week Topic PDF Feedback deadline
1 Virtualization Lab1 (counts also as INR lab) 9 Nov, 10:00
2 VM Migration Lab2 (2 afternoons) 13 Nov, 10:00
3 Amazon EC2 Lab3 (1 afternoon) 16 Nov, 10:00
No new assignments

Site Visits

For all site visits: Bring your ID!

Wed Dec 6, 9:15: Equinix AM3/4

  • Please be at the site at 9:15 for the ID check
  • Address: Equinix, Science Park 610, Amsterdam (they are the datacenters outside your window)

Thu Dec 14, 14:00: XS4ALL

  • Barbara Strozilaan 251, Amsterdam (the tower with the antennas near RAI station)
  • Gather at 13:45 at the street entrance (so do no pass thru the gate on the side of the building)
  • Please be on time, we cannot let you in after the group has gone in



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