Warehouse-scale datacenters power the online services many people use every day, including web search, social networking, online shopping, video streaming, and cloud computing. The course will conduct a vertical study of modern datacenters covering the entire system stack from hardware architecture to systems software to application programming frameworks. The course will also examine cross-cutting concerns such as total cost of ownership, service level objectives, energy efficiency, reliability and availability, and privacy and security. Through lab exercises, students get practical experience with modern datacenter technologies and reinforce the basic concepts covered in the lectures.


  • Lectures: Tuesday, Friday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Room FST 01 202
  • Recitations: Tuesday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Room FST 01 146
  • Labs: Tuesday 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Room FST 01 B103
  • HW submission: Blackboard