Large Systems 2019-2020

Lecturer Arno Bakker
Lab TeachersPeter Prjevara, Niels Sijm, Jaap van Ginkel

Work in Progress


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 16th, 10:30 CET

Presentation Date: Thursday December 19th, 10:00 CET

Report deadline: Sunday December 22th, 23:59 CET


Week Topic PDF Quiz
1a Intro
1b Virtualization
2a Virtualization
2b Virtualization + Proj
3a Communication and Coordination
3b Guest lecture: Infrastructure at a Bank
4a Replication + Partitioning
4b Fault Tolerance
5a Architectures: Google Search
5b Architectures: BitTorrent
5b Administration: Intro
6a Services
6b Guest lecture: DevOps
7a Administration: Desktops
7b Administration: Servers / Datacenters

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Week Topic PDF Feedback deadline
1 Virtualization Lab 1 (1 afternoon, counts also as INR lab 1 too)
2 VM Migration Lab2 (2 afternoons)
3 Amazon EC2 Lab3 (1 afternoon)
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