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Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Distributed Systems

About the lecture

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Charcterization of Distributed Systems
  • System Models
  • Networking and Internetworking
  • Interprocess Communication
  • Remote Invocation
  • Indirect Communication
  • Operating System Support
  • Distributed Objects and Components
  • Web Services
  • Security



The lecture will be held in English.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Schwiegelshohn


  • Monday, 12.00 - 14.00, IRF 108, starting 03.04.2023
  • Thursday, 14.00 - 16.00, IRF 108, 06.04.2023


Lecturer: Lillian Tadros

Date: Wednesday, 08.30 - 09.30, IRF 108, from 12.04.2023

Students are expected to prepare for the exercise by reviewing the material in advance. The exercise requires student participation and will take the form of a discussion in preparation for the oral examination. Solutions to some of the questions discussed will be uploaded after the exercise.


Lecturer: Lillian Tadros

Date: to be announced

Each student should have a Retina account(information on Retina accounts). The practical course will take place in several blocks of 3 hours. The exact dates will be announced in due course. Paper assignments for the lab course will be distributed in the lab. Solutions will be collected at the end of each session.

Organizational notes

Current information in connection with the lecture, exercise and examinations (dates) are published exclusively via Moodle. Furthermore, the Moodle workspace with its various communication possibilities (chat, mailing lists, forum, etc.) is used for collaborative work within the lecture.

Interested students please register in the LSF. Only participants who have registered in the LSF will be automatically transferred from the LSF to the Moodle workspace. For further announcements in the context of the lecture and the exercise, Moodle will be used exclusively.

For the subject "Distributed Systems", students must complete the following examinations:

  • Successful completion of the practical course
  • Successful participation in the oral examination
  • Extent SWS: 4 V, 1 Ü, 2 P
  • Credits: 9
  • Event numbers:
    • Lecture: 08 0705
    • Exercise: 08 0706
    • Practical course: 08 0707
  • 4th semester in Bachelor ET/IT and in Bachelor ICT
  • Module no. 31, ETIT-041 for ET/IT and module no. 14, ETIT-023 for IKT

The lecture is largely based on:

George Couloris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg and Gordon Blair. Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design. 5th Edition 2012