15-719/18-709 Advanced Cloud Computing (Spring 2023)


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 about 50% project work and about 50% 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


Picture of Greg Greg Ganger CIC 2208 (412) 268-1297
Picture of Majd Majd Sakr GHC 7006 (412) 268-1161

Course Staff and Teaching Assistants

NameOffice Hours (Timezone is EST)Location
Picture of Tanay Tanay Asija Tue 12-1pm; Fri 1-2pm CIC 1301
Picture of Tianya Tianya Chen Sun 4-6pm CIC 1301
Picture of Tianjian Tianjian Huang Wed 10-11am; Wed 4-5pm CIC 1301
Picture of Zhuoyu Zhuoyu Ji Tue 6-7pm; Thu 5-6pm CIC 1301
Picture of Timothy Timothy Kim Thu 4-5pm; Fri 3-4pm CIC 1301
Picture of Jiarui Jiarui Li Mon 11-12pm; Wed 11-12pm CIC 1301
Picture of Zeyu Zeyu Wang Mon 4-5pm; Thu 10:30-11:30am CIC 1301

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