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Cloud and edge computing

Individual course

Max amount of FITech students: 10

Course contents

In this course, we will look at modern cloud computing environments. We start by studying how data centres are constructed, paying particular attention to data center networking. Building on this, we define cloud computing and investigate how computation can be scaled in cloud environments. We extend the notion of cloud computing to edge computing which includes devices at or near the edge of the network and learn how they can be leveraged in a combined edge-cloud environment.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student

  • can explain the differences between various data center network topologies, can compare them, and evaluate their pros and cons.
  • can explain how cloud computing environments can be scaled to workloads.
  • can explain what edge computing is and devise mechanisms for distributing information and processing in an edge-cloud-environment.
  • is able to implement some of the key concepts of the course.

Course material

Course literature is based on research articles and other online material and will be provided during the course.

Teaching schedule

Lectures on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10–12.

Completion methods

The course consists of lectures, written exercises, programming exercises, and possibly other forms of teaching. Activity during the course, including possibly mandatory attendance, will be required to pass the course.

More information in the University of Helsinki study guide.

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Responsible teacher

University of Helsinki
Jussi Kangasharju, Professor

Further information about the course and studying

University of Helsinki
Reijo Sivèn

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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ICT studies
5G technology,
Cloud and networks services,
Data science
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University of Helsinki
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General prerequisites:
Courses Networked systems and services and Distributed systems or equivalent knowledge.
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