15-719/18-709 Advanced Cloud Computing (Spring 2024)


Computing in the cloud has emerged as a leading paradigm for cost-effective, scalable, well-managed computing. Users pay for services provided in a broadly shared, power efficient datacenter, enabling dynamic computing needs to be met without paying for more than is needed. Actual machines may be virtualized into machine-like services, or more abstract programming platforms, or application-specific services, with the cloud computing infrastructure managing sharing, scheduling, reliability, availability, elasticity, privacy, provisioning and geographic replication.

This course will survey the aspects of cloud computing by reading about 30 papers and articles, executing cloud computing tasks on a state of the art cloud computing service, and implementing a change or feature in a state of the art cloud computing framework. There will be no final exam, but there will be two in class exams. Grades will be calculated using approximately 50% project work, 15% quizzes, and 35% examination results.

This class is supported in part by a AWS in Education Grant award.

Learning Goals

Students completing Advanced Cloud Computing will develop a broad based understanding of state-of-the-art technologies, underlying business and technological trends, key systems and artifacts and research directions in modern data center computing, scalable distributed systems, and programming frameworks enabling the widespread adoption of cloud computing. Many will go on to code, design and architect innovative new cloud computing services and offerings, and to develop business processes to exploit opportunities afforded by modern cloud computing.

Learning Objectives

Specific skills learned and outcomes achieved by graduates of this course include:

Who We Are


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Picture of Majd Majd Sakr GHC 7006 (412) 268-1161

Course Staff and Teaching Assistants

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Picture of Tommy Chen Tommy Chen
Picture of Suhas Jayaram Subramanya Suhas Jayaram Subramanya
Picture of Churong Ji Churong Ji
Picture of Angela (Chien-Yu) Liu Angela (Chien-Yu) Liu
Picture of Yu Pan Yu Pan
Picture of Nishant Ravi Shankar Nishant Ravi Shankar
Picture of Afonso Tinoco Afonso Tinoco
Picture of Daniel Wong Daniel Wong
Picture of Yen-Ju Wu Yen-Ju Wu

Office Hours Schedule

Note: any announcements on Piazza supersede this calendar.
Many TAs will use OHQ: https://ohq.eberly.cmu.edu/ (look for 15719/18709).

Last updated: 2024-04-16 14:48:36 -0400