Fall 2019 - CMPT 886 G100

Special Topics in Operating Systems (3)

Parallel & Distributed Computing

Class Number: 9030

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2220, Burnaby

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2200, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby



Please note this course is cross-listed with CMPT 479

Special Topics Title: Automated Software Analysis and Security

How can we create software that is maintainable, reliable, and secure? How can we treat software systems as subjects for analysis? How can we automate challenging tasks like finding vulnerabilities or even programming itself? This course examines both classic and cutting edge answers to these software engineering questions. This course will explore modern aspects of software engineering including design, reliability, performance, and security. Beyond manual design and programming issues, students will gain experience with techniques for automating aspects of software engineering and treating programs themselves as data that can be analyzed, transformed, or automatically generated. This course is a trial run for future offerings of CMPT 745: Software Engineering. The material will be hands-on, with several small projects in a variety of programming languages throughout the semester. Students will also be expected to complete a term project in a direction of their choice based on material from the course. The term project will involve building a tool that automates some useful analysis/task within software engineering.


  • Classic design and architecture
  • Performance analysis
  • Static and dynamic program analysis
  • Software security (offense and defense)
  • Automated debugging & defect investigation
  • Automated program synthesis
  • Automated test generation
  • Concurrency and parallelism


  • Paper presentations, paper reviews, class participation 40%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Term project 30%


Assignments: 50% Exams: 25% Term Project: 25% Grading criteria are subject to change.



  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code, Feathers, Michael, Prentice Hall, 9780131177055
  • Principles of Program Analysis, Nielson, Flemming, Nielson, Hanne R., Hankin, Chris, Springer, 9783642084744
  • Engineering a Compiler, Cooper, Keith, Torczon, Linda, Elsevier Science & Technology Books, 9780120884780
  • Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, Anderson, Ross J., Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 9780470068526
  • Writing Solid Code 2nd Edition, Maquire, Steve, Greyden Press, 2013, 9781570740558

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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