CS 524 Introduction to Cloud Computing

This course introduces the concepts of cloud computing, using the frameworks of software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Fundamental concepts from each framework are introduced and related to the structure of the modern cloud. Cloud computing: economics of outsourcing. SaaS: The Web as a client-server system. Web stack: HTML and HTTP. Web data: XML and JSON. Web services and example APIs. PaaS: Introduction to databases and middleware. Data storage in the cloud. Privacy issues. IaaS: Design of server farms. Virtualization and green computing. Service discovery: DNS and content distribution networks. Batch processing in the cloud. Assignments include quizzes, examinations, and a presentation and term paper on a cloud-related topic.




(CS 492 or CS 520) and (Grad Student or (Junior or Senior))


Computer Science Program

Typically Offered Periods

Spring Semester