Large Systems 2018-2019

Lecturer Arno Bakker
Lab TeacherPeter Prjevara
Lab SupportNiels Sijm


Design and Implementation

Distributed Systems (3rd Edition, February 2018) 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 17th, 10:30 CET

Presentation Date: Thursday December 20th, 10:00 CET

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


Week Topic PDF Quiz
1a Intro Course Intro, Distribution Intro, Virtualization part 1,2,3,4
1b Virtualization Crossword , PDF
2a Virtualization
2b Virtualization + Proj
3a Communication and Coordination Comm & Coord, Repl+Part, FT, Arch:BitTorrent
3b Replication + Partitioning
4a Fault Tolerance
4a Architectures: Google Search Arch: Google Search
4b Architectures: BitTorrent
4b Administration Admin: Intro
5a Administration Desktops
5a Administration Servers,Datacenters
5w Infrastructure at a Bank See internal page for sheets
5b Services Services
6a No lecture, project time
6b Guest lecture: Datacenter Networking + Site visit See internal page for sheets
7a No lecture, project time
7b Guest lecture: DevOps See internal page for sheets

Internal page for sheets


Week Topic PDF Feedback deadline
1 Virtualization Lab1 (1 afternoon, counts also as INR lab 1 too) 8 Nov, 10:00
2 VM Migration Lab2 (2 afternoons) 12 Nov, 10:00
3 Amazon EC2 Lab3 (1 afternoon) 15 Nov, 10:00
No new assignments

Site Visits

For all site visits: Bring your ID!

Thu Dec 6, 14:00: Dutch ISP

  • Barbara Strozzilaan 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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