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Parallel & Distributed Computer Systems

Experimental computer science - New solutions for globally dstributed systems

Our Top Master's programme in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems was founded by prof. Andrew S. Tanenbaum and offers a great challenge to computer science talents. As the internet develops, it has come to include cloud computing centres, smartphones, RFID tags and sensor networks. This connected world brings new opportunities to science and business, but also new challenges to privacy and security. You will study entirely new software architectures and large-scale, geographically distributed systems which can serve billions of users. Scalability, performance, security and visualization are key topics.

This year, the Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems programme has been awarded the label "Top Master" again in the 'Keuzegids 2016' of C.H.O.I. (Higher education information centre). This label is based on ratings by experts and students.

Experimental computer science research
This Master’s emphasizes hands-on experiments, featuring many software lab courses that train you to solve challenging research problems using software experiments. You will work on design, implementation, testing and performance analysis of complex system software. Operating in small teams, you will train your collaborative research skills. Courses include Parallel Programming and Distributed Systems, Cluster and Grid Computing and Computer Graphics.

  • Language of instruction:English
  • Duration:2 years
  • Tuition fee:Tuition fees
  • Application deadline:1 June for Dutch students. 1 April for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students.* * EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam University Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.
  • Start date:1 September
  • Study type:Full-time
  • Field of Interest:Computer Science, Mathematics and Business
  • Admission requirements:Admission and application
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