Cloud Computing

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cloud Computing

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CS218: Mobile Middleware

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Cloud computing uses the global reach of the Internet to provide shared computing resources, information, and software to users on demand, in a similar way to an electricity grid. The course deals with building cloud networks for offering integrated web services. Issues such as privacy, security and common standards and user accessibility in cloud computing will be given due consideration.
    Topics include: 1. Introduction to mobile middleware architectures and platforms like Java ME, Symbian, and Android. 2. Support technologies such as IP multimedia systems (IMS), web services, and wireless CORBA 3. Principles and patterns for mobile computing 4. Interoperability and standards (wireless communication standards, W3C standards, IETF standards) 5. Mobile messaging architecture, services 6. Publish and Subscribe 7. Data synchronization 8. Security, Scalability and Reliability 9. Application and service case studies
    Course Contents
    - Evolution of cloud computing
    - Web services delivered from the cloud (communication-as-a-service (CaaS), infrastructure-as-a service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Software-as-a-service (SaaS))
    - Building cloud networks
    - Presence, Identity, and Privacy in the cloud
    - Data and information security
    - Common standards in cloud computing
    - End user access to cloud computing
    - Network-centric service ?oriented enterprises
    Learning Outcomes
    - Critically assess capabilities and limitations of emerging technologies in the net-centric computing area.
    - Explain the roles and responsibilities of different sub-systems in cloud architecture.
    - Develop a strategy for ensuring appropriate levels of security and privacy in a cloud-based system.
    - Differentiate cloud computing from other service models
    - Develop a simple web based service on cloud network.
    - Compare performance and security issues in distributed systems
    Erl, T., Puttini, R. and Mahmood, Z. (2013) Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology and Architecture. Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 0133387526.
    Online Quiz: 10%
    Short Test: 10%
    Assignments: 30%
    Final Exam: 50%

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