#Distributed System Course List
Cornell CS 614 - Advanced Course in Computer Systems - Ken Birman teaches this course. The readings cover more distributed systems research than is typical (which I am in favour of!). In fact, there's barely anything on traditional internal OS topics like filesystems or memory management. There's some worthwhile commentary at the bottom of the page.
Princeton COS 518 - Advanced Operating Systems - short and snappy reading list of two papers per topic, covering some interesting stuff like buffering inside the operating system, and L4.
Stanford CS240 - Advanced Topics in Operating Systems - an interesting and concise set of readings. A presentation on Firefox internals is a course-specific highlight.
Harvard CS264 - Peer-to-Peer Systems - No notes but a useful collection of papers surveying from CAN and Chord to Skype.
CSE 552 - Distributed Systems - University of Washington graduate distributed systems course. Thoughtfully selected readings.
UIUC CS 525 - Advanced Distributed Systems - long list of readings, drawn mostly from the last ten years or so, focusing on applications.
Cornell CS6452 - Datacenter Networks and Services - networking focused - but by no means exclusively.
 Brown CSCI 2270 - Advanced Topics in Database Management - no notes but a good set of  readings. Does a good job of categorising the last ~15 years of distributed and parallel database research which has moved away from shared-something RDBMSs.
- MIT 6.852 - Distributed Algorithms - Goodish lecture slides, detailed but manageable set of readings and some homework problems. Lectured by Professor Lynch at MIT, who literally wrote the book on the subject.
 Distributed Algorithms Lecture Notes - Very readable set of lecture notes on distributed algorithms, for a course given in 1993 at the Technion in Israel (I think).
 MIT 6.885 - Distributed Algorithms for Mobile Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks - One of the only courses on this particular niche subject. Taught simultaneously by Jennifer Welch and Nancy Lynch. Notes are very good, reading lists is very comprehensive and there are also some good handouts!
##Data Structures and Algorithms
MIT 6.854J (OCW) - Advanced Algorithms - A good first course after familiarity with Cormen et. al. is achieved. Topics include competitive queues, splay trees, six lectures on flow algorithms, linear programming and computational geometry. Lecturer's own notes are sparse, but the scribed notes are very useful.
MIT 6.851 - Advanced Data Structures - supercedes the below course I think, both taught by the legendary Erik Demaine. Worth keeping the below one around as well, since the notes are slightly different as are the topics covered.
MIT 6.897 - Advanced Data Structures - good coverage of advanced topics including dynamic graphs, succinct data structures and data structures for integers. Scribe notes are excellent, lecturer's own hand-written notes less so.
Chicago CS369E - Expanders in Computer Science - graduate level course on expander graphs and their applications to computer science. Notes are excellent.
Harvard CS225 - Pseudorandomness - good scribe notes, covers randomized algorithms, quite a lot on expander graphs etc.
Yale 500A - Spectral Graph Theory and its Applications - slightly rambling but clear and interesting lecturer written notes.
 UIUC CS573: Algorithmic Game Theory - good scribe notes and a pointer to a massive online text book.
Cornell CS683 - Advanced Algorithms - detailed web page, notes and readings. Focus is on approximation algorithms, linear programming and randomisation.
Wisconsin CS787 - Advanced Algorithms - decent notes and readings. Linear programming, network flows, approximation and randomisation, plus some interesting stuff on online algorithms.
UIUC CS 373 - Combinatorial Algorithms - a senior undergraduate course in mainly advanced topics from CLRS with outstanding notes.
##Discrete Mathematics and Probability
- MIT 6.042J (OCW) - Elementary discrete maths, including graph theory and some combinatorics. Lecture slides are available, and good, but the real meat is in the readings.
Ramblings that make you think about the way you design. Not everything can be solved with big servers, databases and transactions.
 Harvest, Yield and Scalable Tolerant Systems- Real world applications of CAP from Brewer et al
 On Designing and Deploying Internet Scale Services - James Hamilton
- Commentary on coping with latency and it's architectural impacts
 Latency - the new web performance bottleneck - not at all new (see * Patterson), but noteworthy
 The Perils of Good Abstractions- Building the perfect API/interface is difficult
- Large scale systems are everything developers dislike - unpredictable, unordered and parallel
- A collection of scalable architecture papers from various of the large websites
 Data on the Outside versus Data on the Inside - Pat Helland
 Memories, Guesses and Apologies - Pat Helland
 SOA and Newton's Universe - Pat Helland
 Building on Quicksand - Pat Helland
 Why Distributed Computing? - Jim Waldo
 A Note on Distributed Computing - Waldo, Wollrath et al
 Stevey's Google Platforms Rant - Yegge's SOA platform experience
Somewhat about the technology but more interesting is the culture and organization they've created to work with it.
 A Conversation with Werner Vogels - Coverage of Amazon's transition to a service-based architecture
 Discipline and Focus - Additional coverage of Amazon's transition to a service-based architecture
Current "rocket science" in distributed systems.
 Large-scale Incremental Processing Using Distributed Transactions and Notifications
Megastore: Providing Scalable, Highly Available Storage for Interactive Services - Smart design for low latency Paxos implementation across datacentres.
Spanner - Google's scalable, multi-version, globally-distributed, and synchronously-replicated database.
Photon - Fault-tolerant and Scalable Joining of Continuous Data Streams. Joins are tough especially with time-skew, high availability and distribution.
Mesa: Geo-Replicated, Near Real-Time, Scalable Data Warehousing - Data warehousing system that stores critical measurement data related to Google's Internet advertising business.
Interesting they dumped most of J2EE and use a lot of db partitioning. Check out their site upgrade tool as well.
Key to building systems that suit their environments is finding the right tradeoff between consistency and availability.
 CAP Conjecture - Consistency, Availability, Parition Tolerance cannot all be satisfied at once
 Consistency, Availability, and Convergence - Proves the upper bound for consistency possible in a typical system
 CAP Twelve Years Later: How the "Rules" Have Changed - Eric Brewer expands on the original tradeoff description
 Consistency and Availability - Vogels
 Eventual Consistency - Vogels
- Two phase commit avoidance approaches
 2PC or not 2PC, Wherefore Art Thou XA?
- Two phase commit isn't a silver bullet
- Helland  If you have too much data, then 'good enough' is good enough - NoSQL, Future of data theory - Pat Helland
Starbucks doesn't do two phase commit - Asynchronous mechanisms at work
You Can't Sacrifice Partition Tolerance - Additional CAP commentary
Optimistic Replication - Relaxed consistency approaches for data replication
Papers that describe various important elements of distributed systems design.
 Distributed Computing Economics - Jim Gray
 Rules of Thumb in Data Engineering - Jim Gray and Prashant Shenoy
Fallacies of Distributed Computing - Peter Deutsch
Impossibility of distributed consensus with one faulty process - also known as FLP [access requires account and/or payment, a free version can be found * here]
 Unreliable Failure Detectors for Reliable Distributed Systems. A method for handling the challenges of FLP
 Lamport Clocks - How do you establish a global view of time when each computer's clock is independent
Lazy Replication: Exploiting the Semantics of Distributed Services
Scalable Eventually Consistent Counters over Unreliable Networks - Scalable counting is tough in an unreliable world
##Languages and Tools
Issues of distributed systems construction with specific technologies.
- Programming Distributed Erlang Applications: Pitfalls and Recipes - Building reliable distributed applications isn't as simple as merely choosing Erlang and OTP.
 Principles of Robust Timing over the Internet - Managing clocks is essential for even basics such as debugging
 Consistent Hashing and Random Trees
Understanding this algorithm is the challenge. I would suggest reading "Paxos Made Simple" before the other papers and again afterward.
- The Part-Time Parliament - Leslie Lamport
 Paxos Made Simple - Leslie Lamport
Paxos Made Live - An Engineering Perspective - Chandra et al
Revisiting the Paxos Algorithm - Lynch et al
How to build a highly available system with consensus - Butler Lampson
Reconfiguring a State Machine - Lamport et al - changing cluster membership
Implementing Fault-Tolerant Services Using the State Machine Approach: a Tutorial - Fred Schneider
Other Consensus Papers
- Mencius: Building Efficient Replicated State Machines for WANs - consensus algorithm for wide-area network
##Gossip Protocols (Epidemic Behaviours)
 How robust are gossip-based communication protocols?
Astrolabe: A Robust and Scalable Technology For Distributed Systems Monitoring, Management, and Data Mining
Fighting Fire With Fire: Using Randomized Gossip To Combat Stochastic Scalability Limits
ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review - Gossip-based computer networking
SWIM: Scalable Weakly-consistent Infection-style Process Group Membership Protocol
Chord: A Scalable Peer-to-peer Lookup Protocol for Internet Applications
Kademlia: A Peer-to-peer Information System Based on the XOR Metric
Pastry: Scalable, decentralized object location and routing for large-scale peer-to-peer systems
 PAST: A large-scale, persistent peer-to-peer storage utility - storage system atop Pastry
- SCRIBE: A large-scale and decentralised application-level multicast infrastructure - wide area messaging atop Pastry