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Bringing Big Systems to Small Schools: Distributed Systems for Undergraduates

Summary: Bringing Big Systems to Small Schools: Distributed
Systems for Undergraduates
Jeannie R. Albrecht
Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267
Distributed applications have become a core component of
the Internet's infrastructure. However, many undergraduate
curriculums, especially at small colleges, do not offer courses
that focus on the design and implementation of distributed
systems. The courses that are offered address the theoretical
aspects of system design, but often fail to provide students
with the opportunity to develop and evaluate distributed
applications in real-world environments. As a result, un-
dergraduate students are not as prepared as they should
be for graduate study or careers in industry. This paper
describes an undergraduate course in Distributed Systems
that not only studies the key design principles of distributed
systems, but also has a unique emphasis on giving students


Source: Albrecht, Jeannie - Computer Science Department, Williams College


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences