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: Sep 03
Due: Sep 05
Enroll in Piazza Sign up for Piazza for COMP 117 Assigned: Sep 03
Due: Sep 05
Reading: Weaving the Web Read selected sections of "Weaving the Web" by Tim Berners-Lee, and answer questions Assigned: Sep 03
First readers due: Sep 22; students who get books after that should submit by Oct 13.
Reading: End-to-End Arguments and Internet Architecture Read:
  1. End-to-End paper
  2. Interview with Paul Baran
...and answer questions.
Assigned: Sep 05
Preliminary due: Sep 12 (4 PM)
Final due: Sep 19
Learning HTML and CSS Prepare and publish a Web page using HTML and CSS, but without using JavaScript Assigned: Sep 10
Due: Sep 17
Internet & TCP/IP Overview Readings on TCP/IP Assigned: Sep 12
Due: Sep 19 (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: Sep 12
Due: Sep 19
Reading: Naming, RFCs and URIs Read articles on telephone and Web naming ...and answer questions. Assigned: Sep 19
* First set of questions preliminary submission: Sep 26 (4:30 PM)
* both sets of questions preliminary: Oct 03 (4:30 PM)
* Final submission of both sets: Oct 05
Datagram framework Modify "ping" sample and learn COMP 117 framework Assigned: Sep 19
Due: Sep 26
File copy Use end-to-end w/UDP to copy files Assigned: Sep 24
End-to-end check due: Oct 08
File copy due: Oct 15
Reading: Distribution Models and HTTP Read papers on distributed systems & HTTP Assigned: Oct 01
Due: Oct 08 (4 PM)
No questions for now Some short questions may be posted later
RPC Create a Remote Procedure Call system Assigned: Oct 22
Learn code and small mods by: Oct 30
Hand built proxes by: Nov 05
Final Submission Due: Nov 19 (see suggested schedule in assignment notes)
Security Read: Ken Thompson's Reflections on Trusting Trust and Maru paper on Cheating Assigned: Oct 24
Trusting Trust paper Due: 4:30 PM Oct 31.
Maru paper (cheating) Due: 4:30 PM Nov 05
Reading: Postel's Law Do readings on Postel's Law Assigned: Oct 24
Due: Nov 12 (4 PM)
No questions for now...may add a few simple ones later.
Reading: From Documents to Applications Do readings on Rule of Least Power and Identifying Application State Assigned: Oct 24
Due: Nov 14 (4 PM)
No questions...may add a few simple ones later.
Final Project Final Project: Paper on subject of your choice Assigned: Nov 02
Due: End of day Dec 07

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