This class is taught in English as part of the International Master in Computer Science of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis.

The part on Distributed Systems (last two lectures and four lab work sessions) is shared out with the EIT Digital Master School Program in Data Science, 1st Year.

Academic Year 2017-2018

II semester, 6 ECTS.

Previous Editions: 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013 (with a different name: Concurrency & Parallelism).

Supervisor: Prof. Andrea G. B. Tettamanzi.



This module consists of 27 hours of lectures (cours magistral, CM) and 27 hours of class assignments (travaux dirigés, TD) and lab work (travaux pratiques, TP).
The detailed timetable, with the rooms used for the sessions, may be looked up through the HYPERPLANNING of the Ecole Polytechnique.

Class Schedule for A.Y. 2016-2017


Date Subject
Monday, February 19, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Introduction
Processes and Threads
Monday, February 26, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Communication: basic concepts, RPC and RMI, message-based and stream-based communication, multicast
Monday, March 12, 2018, 9:00-12:30 Parallel Architectures
Describing Concurrent and Parallel Algorithms
Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:00-12:30 Theoretical Models
Monday, March 19, 2018, 9:00-12:30 Languages and Libraries
Throughput-Oriented Architectures
Friday, March 23, 2018, 9:00-12:30 Written Test
Monday, March 26, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Distributed Architectures
Tuesday, March 30, 2018, 9:00-12:30 Distributed Computing and Data Base Systems for the Big Data
Consistency and Replication

Class Assignment/Lab Work Sessions

Date Subject
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 1 (and its Eclipse Project)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 2 (and its Eclipse Project)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 3: more work on the same subject as Session 2
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 4: Formal Models of Computation for Concurrency
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 5
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 6
Monday, April 30, 2018, 14:00-17:30 Session 7


Date Description
Friday, March 23, 2018, 9:00-11:00 Written Test
Monday, May 14, 2018, 14:00-16:00 Final Written Test



Mordechai Ben-Ari. Principles of Concurrent and Distributed Programming, 2nd Edition. Addison-Wesley, 2006.

Andrew S. Tannenbaum and Maarten van Steen. Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms, 2nd Edition. Prentice Hall, 2007.


The slides used in class may be downloaded by clicking on the title of the corresponding lecture.

On-Line Resources

Designing and Building Parallel Programs, a collection of resources dedicated to parallel programming, edited by Ian Foster.


The final grade is computed as a weighted average of three individual grades:

As an example, this was the text of the final written test in academic year 2013/2013.

Last Updated on May 8, 2018