6.033 Computer System Engineering (SMA 5501)

Spring 2005

A distributed web archive system.

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

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of videos and lecture notes for all sessions in the lecture notes section. In addition an extensive bibliography of assigned and recommended readings is provided in the readings section.

Extensive project information, including student submissions, are also provided in the projects section.

Course Description

This course covers topics 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. We will also look at case studies of working systems and readings from the current literature provide comparisons and contrasts, and do two design projects. Students engage in extensive written communication exercises. Enrollment may be limited. 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).

Special Features

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

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Prof. Hari Balakrishnan
Prof. Samuel Madden

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session