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Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems

Experimental computer science: be challenged by the most complex problems in modern systems-oriented computer science

Founded by prof. Andrew S. Tanenbaum, the Master's programme in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems (PDCS) addresses the most ambitious traditional and emerging topics in experimental computer science.

Targeted at highly talented students and focusing on excellence, the programme is very selective. After graduating, many students pursue careers at leading companies like Google or Microsoft, PhD programmes in top research schools, or R&D labs in the industry. If you want to reach the top of the experimental computer science field and have the brains to back it up, PDCS is for you.

The programme has been awarded Top Master in the Keuzegids of C.H.O.I. (higher education information centre) for many years. This prestigious award is based on ratings given by experts and students about the quality of the programme.

The Master’s programme Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems will follow a new curriculum with a stronger focus on Computer Security from September 2021 onwards. More information on the renewed programme will be available soon.

Discover your Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems programme

Discover your Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems programme

Computing architectures have evolved to meet the challenges of the internet of things, big data, clouds, artificial intelligence, etc. The internet is now part of a fabric that interoperates large-scale datacentres, edge computers, and mobile devices. As such, many difficult challenges emerge all the time – related to scalability, performance, reliability, security and privacy. And these are all topics you’ll cover in this Master’s programme.

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  • While Linux is well known, its direct ancestor, MINIX, is now 30 and still quite spry for such aged software. Its story and how it and Linux got started is not well known, and there are perhaps some lessons to be learned from MINIX's development. Some of these lessons are specific to operating systems, some to software engineering, and some to other areas (such as project management). Neither MINIX nor Linux was developed in a vacuum. There was quite a bit of relevant history before either got started, so a brief introduction may put this material in perspective.

    Lessons Learned from 30 Years of MINIX

    An interview with Andrew S. Tanenbaum
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