COMP-614 Distributed Data Management

Winter Term 2017

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    Access to computing resources anywhere/anytime has become realitiy. With the upcoming of Big data, data analytics and the management of distributed data have become a major concern. But data is also the centerpiece of many other applications such as cloud storage, computer games, and smart building and cities. In all cases, data is stored and transferred across a distributed system. Thus, data management and distribution are key building blocks of current applications.
    Within this course, we discuss the latest research developments in distributed data management, data dissemination and communication.
    This course follows a seminar style to cover the course material. Students have to read research papers, provide presentations, develop their own small research project, and write technical reports, in order to prepare them well for their future thesis work.

    Possible Topic List

    1) Principles in Distributed Data Management

    2) Example Papers and Talks 2) Possible Advanced Topics to be covered by students (for more information see Project Information This course is useful for all who want to The course has a seminar format. I will only provide a few introduction lectures. Each student has to give a lecture about a specific sub-area that includes material of recent research papers. Additionally, each student has to shortly present his/her research project at the end of the term. More information on the topics will be posted soon.

    Prerequisites: A course in database systems (e.g., COMP-421). Furthermore a computer networks (e.g., COMP-435/535) or distributed systems course.

    Marking Scheme: The marking scheme will be as follows:

    Literature: The literature will be mainly based on survey and research papers.

    A note on academic integrity

    McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).


    In accord with McGill University's Charter of Students' Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.