Large Systems 2019-2020

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


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 Course Intro, Distribution Intro
1b Virtualization Virtualization 1+2+3+4 Crossword , PDF
2a Virtualization Diagrams, Coloring Book
2b Virtualization
3a Communication and Coordination C&C, Replication, Partitioning, Fault Tolerance
3b Guest lecture: Infrastructure at a Bank See internal page
4a Replication + Partitioning
4b Fault Tolerance
5a Architectures: Google Search, BitTorrent Arch: Google Search, BitTorrent: see C&C slide deck, from p. 160
5b Datacenters + Administration: Intro Datacenters, Admin Intro
6a Services + Desktops Services, Desktop + Servers
6b Guest lecture: DevOps
7a Administration: Servers

Internal page for sheets


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)
No new assignments

Site Visits

For all site visits: Bring your ID!

Mon Dec 2, 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 not 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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