CS8803 Advanced Internet Application Development

(Spring 2006)

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Schedule & Notes | Project | Course Readings | FAQ | GT Calendar | Useful Links |


General Information

Instructor: Professor Ling Liu
Office: CCB 216, Phone: 5-1139, Email: lingliu AT cc DOT gatech DOT edu
Lecture: 12:05pm 1:25pm TuTh, Cherry Emerson 322
WWW Site: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~lingliu/courses/cs8803/06Spring/cs8803Syllabus.htm
Office hours: 1:25pm 3pm Thursday or by appointment

Course TA: James Caverlee (caverlee<AT>cc<DOT>gatech<DOT>edu) or

Mudhakar Srivatsa (mudhakar<AT>cc<DOT>gatech <DOT>edu)
Office hours: TBA or by appointment, in CCB TBA
Newsgroup news:git.cc.class.cs8803
The newsgroup will be used to post class announcements, answer common questions, make corrections to project phase reports (if needed). Students are encouraged to conduct discussions about class material.

Course Objectives and Description

Advanced Internet-scale applications are geographically distributed, highly available, incrementally scalable, and dynamically reconfiguring. Typical questions that systems researchers and advanced application developers are facing today include: How would you build a web service that can handle billions of frantic requests? What systems support do we need for developing applications of Internet scale? Can we provide dynamic configuration, replication, and migration of Web services? What new techniques will enable Internet systems and applications to better exploit high-speed networks? How should traditional systems issues such as naming, persistence, resource management, performance, and security be provided in a system of Internet scale?

This course reviews concepts, techniques, and systems issues in advanced Internet application development, and explores new challenges and research issues that are critical for developing search engines (incl. robots and indexing servers), Web servers, application servers (such as the E-commerce information servers like eBay, CNet, Amazon), and web-based online transaction systems. Main themes include fundamentals of search engines, web servers, application servers and online transaction systems, especially the important search techniques, indexing techniques, the various means for querying heterogeneous data sources and delivering fresh information from sources to consumers, and the methods for distribution of control to avoid bottlenecks and enhance scalability. One of the important goals of the course is to look beyond the present status of the Internet and conjecture what possible future technologies and applications will evolve. The course will include a significant project component that will typically require Java/C/CGI programming.

Students are expected to have taken Operating Systems (CS2200 or equivalent) and Computer Networks. Parallel and Distributed Systems (CS 4230/6236) and High Performance Parallel Computing (CS 6230) are highly recommended for students interested in doing research in systems or networks. In addition, students are expected to have a solid grasp of Java/C/CGI programming. Sockets programming is not required but desirable.

A detailed description of course structure and administration can be found in Course Introduction.


Grades will be computed using the tentative weighting scheme below:

o               Class Participation 15%
o               Reading Summaries 20%
o               Project Proposal 10%
o               Final Project 40%
o               Project Presentation 15%

The grading policy can be found in the Course Introduction and FAQ (Important! Read Me).


The course project should be significant (non-trivial) and related in some way to the Internet Application Development. Students may work in groups of up to 2 students per project. You are encouraged to come up with your own project ideas. If you are having trouble, talk to me and I will help you out with some possibilities.

In principle, you can propose anything you wish: implementation, benchmarking, evaluation, interesting Internet applications, etc. People from companies may propose projects related to their work. However, all the project related material must not be proprietary, i.e., I will not sign any non-disclosure agreement just to evaluate a project.

Important Dates
The project proposal is due on Thursday of Feb. 16. You may email your proposal (HTML) to lingliu@cc.gatech.edu with email subject cs8803 project proposal. Based on the proposal, I will negotiate with you the goals of the project, the evaluation criteria, and plan for its execution.

All project presentations are scheduled at the CS8803D workshop on Advanced Internet Application Development. The workshop will be held in four consecutive lectures: April 18, 20, 25, 27. Each presentation will be limited to 15-20 minutes, including 5 minutes question time. The workshop schedule will be posted on the Web and outside the instructor's office.

Each project will have a demo to the instructor or TA on April 25-28. The final project is due by (midnight of April 28), with a demo, program listing, code documentation, and a project report.

Important Information (Read me!):

o                                Project Requirements

Useful References and Texts

There is no text book required for this course. The course material comes primarily from course notes and a selection of recent papers on advanced Internet application development and related research issues, including search engines, Web servers, Wide-area distributed information systems, and Web database systems. However, there may be text books that you will find useful or even necessary in order to complete your course projects.

The collection of papers will be accessible online or distributed in class. (see course plan and reading materials for further detail.)

Useful Reference Text Books (Not Required)

Note that these books can be ordered off the WEB from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bestbookbuys.com.


Useful and Related Links

Writing and Presentation Style:

Internet Resources and Tools

o                                A TCP/IP Tutorial (RFC 1180)

o                                Internet Research: Comments on Formulating the Problem, , Gathered by Sally Floyd, with comments by D. Estrin, G. Minshall, and V. Paxson, L. Zhang and others, 1998.

o                                Internet Traffic Report (World Wide)

o                                World Wide Web Traffic Analysis at Virginia Tech

o                                The Internet Archive

o                                Understanding the World Wide Web

o                                Web Mastery - World Wide Web

o                                The World Wide Web History Project

o                                Z39.50 and the World Wide Web

o                                An Internet Encyclopedia (Third Edition)

o                                Internet Statistics Growth and Usage of the Web and the Internet

o                                Search Engine Watch

o                                The Web Robots Pages

o                                Caching Tutorial for Web Authors and Webmasters

o                                Web Traces and Logs

o                                Web Caching Bibliography

o                                An Information Retrieval Reference System

o                                Information Retrieval Links

o                                A Glossary for Information Retrieval

o                                IR & NL links

o                                Microsoft Terra Server

o                                Transaction Processing Performance Council (TCP)

o                                Computing Research Repository (CoRR)

o                                IBM Research Reports (Search Engine)

o                                Linux kernel

o                                Socket tutorials and more

o                                TCP tutorial

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Last updated on Dec. 27, 2004 by Ling Liu (lingliu@cc.gatech.edu)