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Computer System Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This course covers topics on the engineering of computer software and hardware systems: techniques for controlling complexity; strong modularity using client-server design, virtual memory, and threads; networks; atomicity and coordination of parallel activities; recovery and reliability; privacy, security, and encryption; and impact of computer systems on society. It also looks at case studies of working systems and readings from the current literature provide comparisons and contrasts, and do two design projects.

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