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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Web Services like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc. are executed on multiple geographically distributed data centers. In particular, many computers must be organized in such a way that the realized systems are fault tolerant and able to respond to thousands of concurrent requests. Moreover, platforms of this kind (like Google and Amazon) offer hosting services for third-party applications realizing the so-called “cloud computing” services. In this course we will present solutions concerning the distribution of both data and processes and corresponding programming techniques like MapReduce.

Course contents

Analisys of the problems concerning the realization of highly concurrent and distributed applications.

Scalable approaches to the parallelization and distribution of both data and processes, like the MapReduce programming model.

Functional approach to the realization of scalable systems through languages and frameworks like Scala and Spark.

Cloud platforms for the execution of scalable applications like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).


Programming in Scala (3rd edition)
Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, Bill Venners

Learning Concurrent Programming in Scala (2nd edition)
Aleksandar Prokopec
Packt Publishing

Learning Spark: Lightning-Fast Big Data Analysis
Holden Karau, Andy Konwinski, Patrick Wendell, Matei Zaharia

Teaching methods

Theoretical and practical class lectures.

Assessment methods

Project consisting of the realization of a system utilizing the techniques and the platforms discussed during the class lectures.

The final evaluation will be decided by considering the following factors:

- originality and quality of the presented system;

- quality of the oral presentation;

- the knowledge of the course contents.

Teaching tools

PC and beamer.

Office hours

See the website of Gianluigi Zavattaro