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SoSe 2020 - SoSe 2020


Distributed Systems Prototyping: Cloud, Fog, Blockchain


Tai, Stefan




Fakultät IV

Institut für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Quantitative Methoden

34361400 FG Wirtschaftsinformatik - Information Systems Engineering

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EN 17

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Learning Outcomes

Students have hands-on experience with all aspects of software project work (including team-based software development, project management, collaborative decision making, documenting and communicating project results) in the area of distributed systems. They are able to solve real-world problems in the context of the design, implementation, and evaluation of cloud-, fog-, blockchain-, and/or web-based application systems in, e.g., enterprise, start-up, and IoT contexts.


Small groups of students analyze and solve challenging software and prototyping problems. They explore and use public cloud services, e.g., Amazon Web Services, and modern software (Web, blockchain, mobile, and other) technology stacks as applicable to the specific project focus defined each term. The student teams work independently and are supervised by participating research groups. Hands-on experimentation with cloud services and open source systems is expected. Concrete tasks and project objectives as regards themes and technology stacks will be communicated at the beginning of the term. Some projects may be in cooperation with external partners.

Module Components

Available Projects:

1 from the following courses must be completed.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Blockchain PrototypingPJ3436 L 10608WiSe/SoSeEnglish8
Cloud PrototypingPJWiSe/SoSeGerman/English8
Fog PrototypingPJ3436 L 10606WiSe/SoSeEnglish8
Information Systems PrototypingPJ3436 L 10609WiSe/SoSeEnglish8

Workload and Credit Points

Blockchain Prototyping (PJ):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Pre/post processing15.016.0h240.0h
360.0h(~12 LP)

Cloud Prototyping (PJ):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Pre/post processing15.016.0h240.0h
360.0h(~12 LP)

Fog Prototyping (PJ):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Pre/post processing15.016.0h240.0h
360.0h(~12 LP)

Information Systems Prototyping (PJ):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Pre/post processing15.016.0h240.0h
360.0h(~12 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 360.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 12 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

Small teams of students will develop software prototypes. Projects will be supervised by participating research groups. The number of student participants is limited per project. Students need to submit an application and will be assigned to projects based on capacity and individual preferences. Details will be announced in the ISIS course for this module about two weeks before semester start.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Very good programming skills in at least one programming language. Knowledge from at least one lecture in the area of Distributed Systems. Prior experience with LaTeX and collaborative scientific writing. Willingness to work with new technologies, architectural paradigms, and programming models. English skills as necessary to understand technical documentations or to work in international teams. Passion for delivering results, reliability.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

This module has no requirements.

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 Punkte insgesamt



Test elements

(Ergebnisprüfung) Developed software artefacts30practicalca. 160h
(Ergebnisprüfung) Documentation20practicalca. 60h
(Ergebnisprüfung) Results presentation20practicalca. 20h
(Ergebnisprüfung) Oral consultation30oralca. 15min

Grading scale

Notenschlüssel »Notenschlüssel 2: Fak IV (2)«


Test description (Module completion)

A running and functional system is expected: Given a clean machine/environment, it must be possible for the supervisors to deploy the developed software artefacts without major disruptions or interactions with the student team towards a running system.

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 21.

Registration Procedures

Will be announced during the kick-off session and in the ISIS course about two weeks before semester start. The number of participating research groups and thus offered projects may vary across semesters. Contrary to the limitation of “21” participants announced above, up to 7 participants will be selected per project offered.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
This module is not used in any degree program.


Each project team may comprise both Master and Bachelor students. Master students formally register for the module “Advanced Distributed Systems Prototyping: Cloud, Fog, Blockchain”