Advanced Computer System Architectures

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MIE-POA.16 Z,ZK 5 2P+1C English
Pavel Tvrdík (guarantor), Jiří Kašpar
Pavel Tvrdík (guarantor), Jiří Kašpar
Department of Computer Systems

The student will learn the current trends in infrastructure architecture of complex business computer systems. After completion of the module, the student will be able to design a complex system infrastructure that meets availability and scalability requirements given by the business environment.


Computer architectures, basics of computer networks and operating systems.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Trends in computer design. multiprocessing, multicore, multithreading.

2. High availability clusters.

3. Parallel processing clusters.

4. Scheduling methods in the OS and load balancing.

5. Computer virtualisation in HW.

6. Computer virtualisation in SW.

7. Desktop virtualisation.

8. Datacenter „virtualisation“.

9. Memory levels: CPU cache, RAM, SSD, HDDs, tapes.

10. Data storages: RAID, disk array architectures.

11. Multi-tier architecture.

12. The problem of availability in complex architectures.

13. TCO, ROI, and new equipment acquisition.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. RAID Lab.

2. Volume manager and filesystem.

3. Partitioning, resource management.

4. Clustering.

5. Virtualization I. (VMware Player , VirtualBox)

6. Virtualization II. (VMware ESXi, Virtual Alpha)

Study Objective:

The objective of this module is to introduce techniques and architectural principles that are used in modern ICT infrastructure, such as virtualisation, high availability, multi-tier system architecture, etc. The main focus will be on helping the ICT infrastructure architecture solve business needs in firms or organizations. This knowledge and skills are needed mainly for infrastructure architects, IT technology consultants, system administrators, or similar.

Study materials:

1. Smith, J., Nair, R. ''Virtual Machines: Versatile Platforms for Systems and Processes''. Morgan Kaufmann, 2005. ISBN 1558609105.

2. Foster, I., Kesselman, C. ''The Grid 2: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure (2nd Edition)''. Morgan Kaufmann, 2003. ISBN 1558609334.

3. Buyya, R. ''High Performance Cluster Computing: Architectures and Systems Vol. 1 and 2''. Prentice Hall, 1999. ISBN 0130137847 and 0130137855.

4. Schulz, G. ''The Green and Virtual Data Center''. CRC Press, 2009. ISBN 1420086669.

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