Tufts COMP 117 (Spring 2019):
Internet-scale Distributed Systems


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COMP 117 Assignments
Assignment Description Dates
E-mail: Introduce yourself Send an e-mail introducing yourself Assigned: Jan 17
Due: Jan 22
Enroll in Piazza Sign up for Piazza for COMP 117 Assigned: Jan 17
Due: Jan 22
Reading: Weaving the Web Read selected sections of "Weaving the Web" by Tim Berners-Lee, and answer questions Assigned: Jan 17
First readers due: Feb 05; students who get books after that should submit by Feb 26.
Reading: End-to-End Arguments and Internet Architecture Read:
  1. End-to-End paper
  2. Interview with Paul Baran
...and answer questions.
Assigned: Jan 22
Preliminary due: Jan 29 (4 PM)
Final due: Feb 05
Learning HTML and CSS Prepare and publish a Web page using HTML and CSS Assigned: Jan 24
Due: Jan 31 Update: New due date is Feb 2 due to server problems earlier this week
Internet & TCP/IP Overview Readings on TCP/IP Assigned: Jan 29
Due: Feb 05 (4 PM)
No questions - reading only
Using virtual servers Make sure you can log onto COMP117-01 and COMP117-02 (see info page hints) Assigned: Jan 29
Due: Feb 05
Reading: Naming, RFCs and URIs Read articles on telephone and Web naming ...and answer questions. Assigned: Feb 05
* First set of questions preliminary submission: Feb 12 (4:30 PM)
* both sets of questions preliminary: Feb 19 (4:30 PM)
* Final submission of both sets: Feb 21
Datagram framework Modify "ping" sample and learn COMP 117 framework Assigned: Feb 05
Due: Feb 12
File copy Use end-to-end w/UDP to copy files Assigned: Feb 07
End-to-end check due: Feb 21
File copy due: Feb 28
Reading: Distribution Models and HTTP Read papers on distributed systems & HTTP Assigned: Feb 14
Due: Feb 26 (4 PM)
No questions - reading only
RPC Create a Remote Procedure Call system Assigned: Mar 07
Learn code and small mods by: Mar 15
Hand built proxes by: Apr 02
Final Submission Due: Apr 12 (see suggested schedule in assignment notes)
Security Read: Ken Thompson's Reflections on Trusting Trust and Maru paper on Cheating Assigned: Mar 24
Trusting Trust paper Due: 4:30 PM Mar 28.
Maru paper (cheating) Due: 4:30 PM Apr 02
Final Project Final paper Assigned: Mar 24
Due: End of day Apr 26 (graduating students only)
Due: End of day Apr 30 (returning students)
Reading: Postel's Law Do readings on Postel's Law Assigned: Mar 26
Due: Apr 09 (4 PM)
No questions - reading only
Reading: From Documents to Applications Do readings on Rule of Least Power and Identifying Application State Assigned: Mar 26
Due: Apr 11 (4 PM)
No questions - reading only

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