Distributed computer systems

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    In brief

  • Number of hours : 7h lecture, 7h practical classes
  • Teaching language : French (interaction with students in English possible)
  • Teaching method : En présence
  • Code : NEGC9A


Introduction to distributed programming based on a basic knowledge on local area networks and of TCP-UPD / IP  protocols. Presentation of the client-server model. Introduction to causality, consensus and reliable broadcast.


The course has two main parts:

- Introduction to the basic concepts of distributed programming, the client-server model, different server realization schemes (sequential, multiple inputs / polling, on-demand, multithreaded)

- Introduction to  distributed algorithms, notion of logical clocks, notion of causal order, of total order, principle and solution of distributed consensus and atomic broadcast.


The practical classes enable the students to put into practice these concepts and development techniques,  using  BSD sockets on Linux. An messaging system (a chat)  is first implemented with a client-server approach, a second solution is based on a peer-to-peer approach and  implementated using a reliable broadcast protocol.

Targeted skills

- Mastering of the client-server model (CS)

- Implementation of the CS model with BSD sockets on Linux

- Solution to the consensus problem

- Reliable broadcast protocols


Handouts , slides presented by M. Fabre;

Handouts , slides presented by M. Roy;

"Distributed Algorithms", Nancy A. Lynch, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc. San Francisco, California, USA © 1996, ISBN: 9780080504704

Needed prerequisite

Algorithmics, C / C ++ programming, local area networks, operating system principles, Unix.


FABRE Jean-charles

Phone : 2354

Email : Jean-Charles.Fabre @ laas.fr


  • Toulouse


The National Institute of Electrical engineering, Electronics, Computer science,Fluid mechanics & Telecommunications and Networks

2, rue Charles Camichel - BP 7122
31071 Toulouse Cedex 7, France

+33 (0)5 34 32 20 00


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