Computer System Engineering

Course Description

In this course, Professor Hari Balakrishnan gives 25 video lectures on the engineering of computer software and hardware systems: techniques for controlling complexity; strong modularity using client-server design, virtual memory, and threads; networks; atomicity and coordination of parallel activities; recovery and reliability; privacy, security, and encryption; and impact of computer systems on society. The Instructor will also look at case studies of working systems and readings from the current literature provide comparisons and contrasts, and do two design projects. In these video lectures, students engage in extensive written communication exercises. This course is worth 4 Engineering Design Points.
This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 5501 (Computer System Engineering).

Computer System Engineering
A distributed web archive system. This image is from the second design project in the course. (Image courtesy of Kyle Jamieson.)
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