CIS5930: Internet Computing

Course Description

This course covers the basic principles and practices of distributed computing over the Internet. The course is not intended to be a course on Web site development tools, but focuses on the Internet as a domain for sharing resources with Grids, distributed computing with Web services, and service-oriented computing. The Internet is increasingly used as a large interconnection network for deploying distributed applications to solve challenging problems in diverse areas. Application areas include Finance and E-business, Government Services, Scientific Computing and Grids, Bioinformatics, Physics, Remote Visualization, Remote Collaboration, Multimedia applications, and File Sharing. The Internet is pandemic to modern uses of technology. In this course you will learn the basic foundations of Internet computing and use modern frameworks to develop Internet-based applications with Web services, Grids, and other technologies.

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There has been a significant increase in the demand for software engineers skilled in Internet computing technologies. The objective of this course is to review the state-of-the-art Internet computing technologies and practice with frameworks and implementations. Skills will be learned from hands-on projects related to the lecture topics listed in the topics list below.

Lecture Topics

Course Format and Grade Breakdown

Lectures and exams (60%) and laboratory projects (40%).

Material (to be Completed)

Related Conferences and Journals


Course Web Site
Professor Robert van Engelen
engelen AT cs DOT fsu DOT edu
office: 475DSL (School of Computational Science at the 4th floor in the Dirac Science Library building)
phone: (850) 645-0309.
Office Hours
Monday 1:00 PM (subject to change) and by appointment.
Proficiency in C or C++, and Java.
103 LOV on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
Course Material
Lecture notes: see the course schedule below.
Other material: class handouts.
Teaching Assistant
Projects, Assignments, Exams, and Grading
See the grading policy below. You need an account to complete the programming assignments.
The university requires attendance in all classes. Roll will be taken on a random basis to check attendance. Absences can only be excused with proper documentation and students are expected to make up for any material missed due to absences.
Honor Code
All exams and assignments must be completed individually unless stated otherwise. Copying solutions is considered cheating. Submitted source code listings will be compared. Keep a copy of the listings to provide evidence of creative development. Students are expected to uphold the Honor Code. All students involved in cheating are in violation of the Honor code. Consult the Student Handbook for more details on the Honor code.

Grading Policy

The following coursework components contribute to your final grade using the weights shown in the table below:

Projects 40%
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 15%
Final exam 30%

For homework and projects, you must include your name and last four digits of your SSN on each submitted item (electronic or on paper) as well as the name and last four digits of the SSN of your team member (for projects only). Note that copying program listings and homework pages from other persons (besides your team member on projects) is illegal and such abuse will not be tolerated. This includes dishonest practices such as programming-for-hire.

The project and homework assignments, when turned in before or at the due date before midnight will be graded. When turned in late, 10% will be deducted from the grade per day late until the homework has been received, with a maximum extension of five days.

The final exam will be comprehensive.

To receive a passing grade for the overall course, you must earn a passing grade on the final exam and a passing grade on the projects and receive a combined passing grade according to the weight distribution shown in the table above.

The letter grade distribution for the final combined grade score (after roundoff) is shown in the table below:

94-100% A 87-89% B+ 77-79% C+ 67-69% D+ 0-59% F
90-93% A- 83-86% B 73-76% C 63-66% D
80-82% B- 70-72% C- 60-62% D-

Your grades for projects, homework, and exams will be accessible via FSU's Blackboard.

Computer Accounts

You will need an account to log on to the Computer Science department machines. If you don’t have one, visit the system info site:

You will also need an ACNS account (i.e., for receiving class emails. If you want, you can forward your garnet email to other accounts (visit for more details).

Schedule, Lecture Notes, and Assignments

The tentative schedule with PPT lecture notes is shown below (refresh this page if necessary). You are encouraged to download and print the notes as handouts to take to class. Links will be active when new notes have been added. The schedule will be updated when needed and significant changes will be announced on Blackboard.

Project and homework assignments should be downloaded by selecting the link in the "Assignments due" column. Submit your assignments electronically by email to the instructor or turn hard copies of homework in before class. Don't forget to write down your name and four last digits of your SSN.

Date Lecture notes Reading material Other useful resources Assignments due
8/29 Internet Basics 1. The Physics of the Web
2. Are Web Services Scale-Free?
3. Rethinking the Design of the Internet
Six Degrees of Separation -
8/31 Advanced TCP/IP Programming (1) - 1. TCP/IP Tutorial
2. Socket Programming with Java
9/5 -
9/7 Advanced TCP/IP Programming (2) -
9/12 -
9/14 HTTP RFC2616 section 1 (rest is optional) 1. RFC2617
2. RFC2965
9/19 Project1
9/21 - - - -
9/26 TLS/SSL Security: principles 1. RFC2616 section 15
2. OpenSSL
Network Security with OpenSSL (chapter 1 and 2)
Network Security with OpenSSL -
9/28 -
10/3 TLS/SSL Security: programming -
10/5 XML 1. XML tutorial
2. XML Schema tutorial
1. Ajax
2. RSS
3. RDF
10/10 Review - - -
10/12 Exam 1 - - -
10/17 XML and SOAP Web Services 1. WSDL
2. WSDL tutorial
3. SOAP tutorial
10/19 -
10/24 -
10/26 -
10/31 -
11/2 -
11/7 Review - - -
11/9 Exam 2 - - -
11/14 Grid and Cluster Computing 1. Grid computing intro
2. Concepts and architecture
4. Grid etc.
5. Condor
6. CondorG
7. Oscar
8. Handouts
1. Condor in LJ
2. Condor APIs
11/16 -
11/21 -
11/23 Thanksgiving: no class - - -
11/28 Grid and Cluster Computing see above - Project2
11/30 Models 1. CSP wikipedia
2. CSP notes (chapter 1)
3. Linda for Java
4. Chapter on MPI (read 8.1-8.3)
5. Pi calculus FAQ
6. Pi calculus wikipedia
7. Applied pi: a brief tutorial (read 1.1 and 1.2)
8. Handouts
1. CSP book
3. TSpaces
12/5 -
12/7 Review - - Project3
12/15 Final exam 3:00-5:00 PM - - -

For more details on university events, see the FSU academic calendar and the final exam schedule.


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center, and (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodations within the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative formats on request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, please contact:

Student Disability Resource Center
08 Kellum Hall
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4066
Phone: (850) 644-9566

Copyright: Robert van Engelen, Florida State University, 2006.