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Cloud and Distributed Computing - ELE00073H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Stuart Porter
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module introduces students to software systems within a distributed computing environment, including cloud-based environments. Fundamental modes of interaction are considered along with associated failure models and the essential requirement for network security and use of appropriate countermeasures to deal with threats. Example systems range from flight control systems in aircraft and space vehicles through to large-scale cloud-based services.

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Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information



Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce students to the nature of software systems in a distributed environment

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in gathering and critically analysing information from reliable sources and constructing technical reports for a specified audience

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a distributed computing environment and application to cloud-based services

  • Understand and be able to explain the fundamental modes of interaction in a distributed environment and their associated failure models

  • Be able to explain the need for security and indicate appropriate countermeasures

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct technical reports that show critical analysis of information gathered from reliable sources, to a specified audience

Module content

Indicative topics include:

  • System models

  • Communication between Distributed Processes

  • Naming Services and Distributed Objects

  • Replication / Consistency / Fault Tolerance

  • Cloud Architecture and Virtualisation

  • Docker / Kubernetes / Microservices

  • Security: Authentication / Kerberos, VPN / Firewalls, Email / Web, intrusion detection, AI-based approaches


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Design Study Report
N/A 80
Essay : Practical
N/A 20

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Design Study Report Reassessment Essay : Design Study Report Reassessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

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