
Principles of Distributed Computing (FS 2017)
Course catalogue • Previous year • PODC lecture collection
Distributed computing is essential in modern computing and communications systems.
Examples are on the one hand largescale networks such as the Internet,
and on the other hand multiprocessors such as your new multicore laptop.
This course introduces the principles of distributed computing, emphasizing the
fundamental issues underlying the design of distributed systems and networks: communication,
coordination, faulttolerance, locality, parallelism, selforganization, symmetry breaking,
synchronization, uncertainty. We explore essential algorithmic ideas and lower bound techniques,
basically the "pearls" of distributed computing. We will cover a fresh topic every week.
 Course prerequisites: Interest in algorithmic problems. (No particular course needed.)
 Course language: English
 Lecture by Roger Wattenhofer and Mohsen Ghaffari, Wednesdays 810 in
CAB G 11
 Exercises organized by Thomas Ulrich and Darya Melnyk (for Prof. Wattenhofer's part), and Manuela Fischer and Jara Uitto (for Prof. Ghaffari's part)
 Exercise A: Wednesdays 1012 in CAB G 56
 Exercise B: Wednesdays 1315 in LFW C 11
 Both exercise sessions offer identical content. Please go to the exercise session which better fits your personal schedule.
 March 2, 2017: The schedule of the lectures has been updated.
 March 6, 2017: Lecture notes, Algorithm 2.11 has been updated.
You can earn a bonus for the exam. Your task is to come up with an exam question for any of the topics covered in the course. Click here for the details.
Please note that the scheduled dates and topics are tentative. We may rearrange and/or switch the scheduled topics in the coming weeks.
Exam preparation
The following parts of the lecture notes have not been covered in the lecture and are therefore not relevant for the exam:
 Chapter 3: The proofs in Section 3.3 are not relevant.
 Chapter 4: Algorithm 4.7 and Theorem 4.8
These books are available at CS text book collection.
[peleg]

Distributed Computing: A LocalitySensitive Approach David Peleg. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), 2000, ISBN 0898714648 
[aw]

Distributed Computing: Fundamentals, Simulations and Advanced Topics
Hagit Attiya, Jennifer Welch.
McGrawHill Publishing, 1998, ISBN 007709352 6 
[hkpru]

Dissemination of Information in Communication Networks
Juraj Hromkovic, Ralf Klasing, Andrzej Pelc, Peter Ruzicka, Walter Unger.
SpringerVerlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2005, ISBN 3540008462 
[leighton]

Introduction to Parallel Algorithms and Architectures: Arrays, Trees, Hypercubes
Frank Thomson Leighton.
Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., San Francisco, CA, 1991, ISBN 1558601171 
[clr]

Introduction to Algorithms
Thomas Cormen, Charles Leiserson, Ronald Rivest.
The MIT Press, 1998, ISBN 0262530910 oder 0262031418 
