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ICS 611 Distributed Database Systems

This course covers the fundamental issues of distributed databases with focus on data fragmentation and allocation, query optimization and transaction processing. Topics include: Distributed database management systems architecture and design; data fragmentation, replication, and allocation; database security, authorization and integrity control; query optimization; transaction management; distributed concurrency control and replica control; distributed object database management systems; multidatabase systems.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Note: Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.
4 Graduate credits

Effective August 26, 2006 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Fragment a database both horizontally and vertically for optimal performance.
  • Allocate replicas of fragments for best performance.
  • Optimize queries for optimal performance across a distributed database.
  • Add distributed transaction management control including concurrency control and replica control to a distributed database.
  • Demonstrate expertise in reading peer-reviewed papers in distributed databases and explain them in writing.
  • Discuss how current database products implement database distribution including query optimization.

Spring 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Distributed Database Systems Bile Hassan, Ismail Books Course details