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COMP4349: Cloud Computing

2024 unit information

This unit covers topics of active and cutting-edge research within IT in the area of 'Cloud Computing'. Cloud Computing is an emerging paradigm of utilising large-scale computing services over the Internet that will affect individual and organization's computing needs from small to large. Over the last decade, many cloud computing platforms have been set up by companies like Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Ebay and Facebook. Some of the platforms are open to public via various pricing models. They operate at different levels and enable business to harness different computing power from the cloud. In this course, we will describe the important enabling technologies of cloud computing, explore the state-of-the art platforms and the existing services, and examine the challenges and opportunities of adopting cloud computing. The unit will be organized as a series of presentations and discussions of seminal and timely research papers and articles. Students are expected to read all papers, to lead discussions on some of the papers and to complete a hands-on cloud-programming project.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Computer Science

Code COMP4349
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
INFO1110 or INFO1910 or ENGG1810 or DATA1002
Enrolment in a thesis unit. INFO4001 or INFO4911 or INFO4991 or INFO4992 or AMME4111 or BMET4111 or CHNG4811 or CIVL4022 or ELEC4712 or COMP4103 or SOFT4103 or DATA4103 or ISYS4103
COMP5349 OR OCMP5349
Assumed knowledge:
Knowledge of OS concepts as covered in INFO1112

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a comprehensive understanding of cloud computing concepts, architecture, and design principles.
  • LO2. explain cloud-enabling technologies, including virtualisation and containerisation
  • LO3. gain proficiency in using cloud-based tools and technologies, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • LO4. acquire expertise in different cloud storage and databases
  • LO5. gain expertise in securing cloud-based solutions, including data protection and network security
  • LO6. acquire an understanding of emerging cloud technologies and trends, such as microservices architecture and serverless computing.
  • LO7. create a solution architecture for transitioning to the cloud

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Remote

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