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TITLE Advanced Client/Server and Distributed Computing

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to cover distributed computing for both monolithic applications and object oriented applications. In case of object oriented applications interoperability of objects running on different computer platforms and developed by different languages are the main issues.

Part 1:
The first part of the study-unit is focused on a an understanding of Client/Server models mainly as regards connection and communication issues between the Client and Server through classical (non-object oriented) applications.

Topics in brief:
• Client/Server model. Connection issues (connectionless, connection oriented). Socket structure and programming. Programming interface to communication protocols. Addressing issues, static and dynamic address binding, using name servers;
• Client software design. Server software design. Case studies of four basic types of servers. Multiprotocol and Multiservice services. Server connectivity to databases. ODBC model. Accessing databases using SQL.

Part 2:
The second part of the study-unit is focused on Client/Server computing through objects while introducing typical available technologies for solving interoperability of Client and Server objects.

Topics in brief:
• Concept of automation remote server objects by the client;
• COM/DCOM –OLE and Active X –overview;
• Java-RMI - architecture and features, naming services. Building both Client and Server Applications;
• .NET Web Services - architecture and features. XML and SOAP protocols. Building both Client and Server Applications.

Tools for Client/Server Computing allowing interoperability - MS Visual Studio NET, Net Beans and similar. Their use for practical implementation of various client/server implementations in a windowing environment.

Another accent of this study-unit is the study of distributed data and functions, across computer networks. The theory, design, specification, implementation, and performance of distributed database systems are pursued. Also the inherently different set-ups of a multidatabase are emphasized.

Topics include principles of naming and location, atomicity, query processing and optimisation, resource sharing, concurrency control, synchronization, recovery procedures, deadlock detection and avoidance, security, distributed access and control, distributed systems design, consistency and fault tolerance. Case studies supplemented by a hands-on approach will further enhance the student’s understanding of this study-unit.


• D.E.Comer, D.L.Stevens Internetworking with TCP/IP: Client-Server Programming and Applications Prentice Hall 1996 ISBN 0-13-262148-7
• B.Quin, D.Shute Windows Socket Network Programming Addison Wesley Professional 1996 ISBN 0-201-63372-8
• D.T.Dewire Client Server Computing McGraw-Hill 1993 ISBN 0-07-016732-X
• Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel Web Services: A Technical Introduction, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-046135-0
• Harvey M. Deitel, Java Web Services: For Experienced Programmers, Prentice Hall, ISBN-0-13-046134-2
• Orfali R. The Essential Distributed Objects Survival Guide Wiley 1996 ISBN 0-471-12993-3.
• Mowbray J.T., Zahavi R. The Essential Corba: Systems Integration Using Distributed Objects John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1995 ISBN 0-471-10611-9.
• M.T. Ozsu, P.V. Valduriez., Principles of Distributed Databases, PH Publishers.


ADDITIONAL NOTES Knowledge required: Java/C Programming

Students taking this study-unit require expertise in CIS.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 80%
Assignment Yes 20%

LECTURER/S Vitezslav Nezval
Joseph Vella

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