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Big Data and Cloud Computing

Code: CC4053     Acronym: CC4053     Level: 400

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Computer Science

Instance: 2020/2021 - 2S Ícone do Moodle Ícone  do Teams

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://www.dcc.fc.up.pt/~edrdo/aulas/bdcc
Responsible unit: Department of Computer Science
Course/CS Responsible: Master's Degree in Network and Information Systems Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
M:CC 21 Study plan since 2014/2015 1 - 6 42 162
M:DS 22 Official Study Plan since 2018_M:DS 1 - 6 42 162
MI:ERS 11 Plano Oficial desde ano letivo 2014 4 - 6 42 162
M:SI 17 Study plan since 2020/2021 1 - 6 42 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Inês de Castro Dutra
Eduardo Resende Brandão Marques

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 3 9,00
Eduardo Resende Brandão Marques 3,00
Inês de Castro Dutra 3,00
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2021-02-12.

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Introduction to the use of cloud computing infrastructures for processing massive amounts of data ("big data") in real-world problems.

Learning outcomes and competences

- Use of cloud computing services  for big data applications.
- Programming big data applications using cloud programming models.
- Understanding of core fundaments and algorithms for mining big data.
- Hands-on practice with state-of-the-art tools for cloud computing and big data.

Working method



- Introduction to big data processing: challenges, example problems from science and business.

- The cloud computing paradigm: service models (PaaS, SaaS, IaaS); service virtualization, deployment and orchestration; integration of computing, networking and storage resources; scalability, fault-tolerance, and “elasticity”.

- Cloud storage solutions for big data: cloud file systems, NoSQL and graph-based databases, “object stores”.

- High-performance big data applications using cloud programming models: MapReduce, stream-based programming.

- Programming assignments on big data applications on specific topics such as data streams, social-network graphs, recommendation systems, or bioinformatics.

Mandatory literature

Ian Foster and Dennis B. Gannon; Cloud Computing for Science and Engineering, MIT Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0262037242

Complementary Bibliography

Tom White; Hadoop, The Definitive Guide, 4th edition, O'Reilly Media, 2015. ISBN: 978-1491901632
N. Marz and J. Warren; Big Data: Principles and best practices of scalable realtime data systems,, Manning Publications, 2015. ISBN: 978-1617290343
Dan C. Marinescu; Cloud Computing - Theory and Practice, 2nd edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-12-812810-7
Jure Leskovec, Anand Rajaraman, Jeff Ullman ; Mining of Massive Datasets, Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-1107077232 (Available free in PDF format by the authors at http://mmds.org)
M. Zaharia and B. Chambers; Spark: The Definitive Guide - Big Data Processing Made Simple, O'Reilly, 2018. ISBN: 978-1491912218

Teaching methods and learning activities

- Introduction of cloud computing technologies in tandem with big data application requirements.

- Hands-on practice in programming projects using tools by major cloud service providers (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, etc) and DCC computer clusters for MapReduce.


Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 40,00
Teste 60,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 52,00
Frequência das aulas 52,00
Estudo autónomo 58,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams


Calculation formula of final grade

The grade is determined by two evaluation:

  • 2 tests (T1 e T2) with a weight of 60% (12 = 6+6 "valores")

  • project assignments  (TP) with a weight of 40% (8 "valores")

To pass, students must have:

  • a minimum grade of 8 "valores" in T1 and T2: T1 >= 8 and T2 >= 8

  • a final grade of 0.3 T1 + 0.3 T2 + 0.4 TP >= 9.5 "valores"

If students are unable to pass in the conditions stated above, they can take a final exam where:

  • The exam has 2 components corresponding to the material for tests T1 (E1) and T2 (E2).

  • Students may opt to take one or both components. The best grade of each repeated component is considered for the final grade (E1 ou T1, E2 ou T2), with the requirement of a minimal grade of 8 valores.

  • The final grade is  given by N = 0.3 max(T1,E1) + 0.3 max(T2,E2) + 0.4 TP.  Students pass if N >= 9.5, max(T1,E1)  >= 8  and max(T2,E2)  >= 8.

Classification improvement

The grade can be improved in the final exam.

The grade of project assignments cannot be improved.
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