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Course Information (Fall 2018)


Name Email Office Hours GitHub Id
Tejas Parikh By Appointment Only tejasparikh

Teaching Assistant(s)

TA information can be found here.



CRN Section # Building & Room # Campus Time
18646 02 Snell Engineering Center 108 Boston 6:00pm - 9:30pm
18755 05 - Online -


You are expected to regularly attend lectures. Lecture attendance will be taken using Qwickly Attendance.


All students, including those in the on-ground section of this course can view the lecture recordings through Tegrity. Lecture recordings for the course can be viewed by clicking the Tegrity Classes link on the left-hand side of the Blackboard course sites.


It may take upto 24 hours for lecture recordings to be available for viewing.


Lecture slides will be posted on the course website before the lecture.

Course Prerequisites

CSYE 6200 or INFO 5100

Course Description

This graduate-level course will cover topics and technologies related to cloud computing and their practical implementations. The current industry trends have blurred the line between software developer, system administration, tester and many other roles. These days development teams are responsible from developing software to testing it to deploying it out to production and handling production issues at 2am. We will explore different models, techniques and architecture of cloud computing and prepare you to meet current market demands. You will gain hands on experience with various feature of popular cloud platforms such as Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, etc. The lectures and assignments aim to help you build skills to develop large-scale applications using cloud platform and tools.

Course Goals

  1. Understand basic concepts related to cloud computing.
  2. Understand cloud architecture and different cloud models such as IaaS, PaaS & SaaS.
  3. Obtain hands on knowledge about Linux system administration and networking fundamentals.
  4. Compare different cloud platform providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.
  5. Understand cloud storage options such a file storage, CDNs, Relational Databases, NoSQL databases, etc.
  6. Learn to develop scalable applications using various AWS features such as auto scaling and load balancing.
  7. Learn to secure application using SSL and protect user data against attacks such as XSS, CSRF and SQL injection.
  8. Hands on experience with microservices & APIs.
  9. Have understanding of Agile development, Git version control system, Continuous Integration and Deployment using tool like TravisCI.
  10. High level understanding of DevOps and Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) role.

Textbooks & Required Readings

Check here for more details.

Required Tools & Software

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Students will be assigned lab assignment at the end of each lecture. Assignment due date will be posted with each assignment.


Given that an assignment is due every week and part of your group project, if you fall behind on an assignment, it will be extremely difficult to catch up as the next assignment depends on it.

Term Project

Term project will be cumulation of assignments assigned every week. Students will work in team and will present the project in class at the end of the semester.


To learn the material of the course you are expected to attend class and actively participate in group exercises and help your peers by answering their questions on group discussion. Course grades will be based on participation, assignments, exams, and presentation of your group project.


Given that an assignment is due every week and part of your group project, if you fall behind on an assignment, it will be extremely difficult to catch up as the next assignment depends on it.

Midterm and Final exam must be taken at the time and location determined by the schedule and announced in class. Make up exams will be permitted only for exceptional circumstances in accordance with NEU policy.

Grading Assignments


If you fail to show up at the scheduled time you will get 0 for that assignment.

You will schedule TBD minute slot with Teaching Assistant using TBD for assignment grading. You will be able to schedule TA slot upto TBD days in advance.

You will be asked to provide following information when scheduling meeting:

  1. Full Name
  2. Email Address (Use NEU email only!)
  3. Course Section (Thursday or Online)
  4. Assignment #

Method of Evaluation


Grading will be based on absolute grading system. In this grading system, a range of point value is assigned to a letter grade. The grading is absolute, irrespective of the grade of other students in the class. I do not round scores to the closest percentage.

Activity Percentage
Midterm Exam 10%
Final Exam 10%
Presentation & Demos 10%
Assignments 70%

Grading Scheme

For this course we will use following grading scheme to determine your final letter grade.



Students will be automatically enrolled to Piazza at the begining of the semester.

We will use Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered for getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TA, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza.

Find our class page at:

Email & Piazza SLA

Both email and Piazza provide asynchronous forms of communication so don’t expect instant reply. Staff will do our best to reply to you in 24 hours. Piazza posts about assignments posted night before the assignment is due may not get reply until it is too late.

Piazza Class & Email Settings

Announcements will posted on Piazza (and sent out via email) and you will be expected to have read it. For this to function well, it is critical you become aware of new postings to Piazza ASAP. To make sure you get notified in real time, update your class & email setting.


  • If you decide to post a question, be sure to search first incase if it has already have been asked and answered. If you do post a new question, provide as much detail as possible, without sharing code from your solution.
  • You are encouraged to read others questions and answers for your own benefit.

Getting Help

There are several resources to get help outside of class. For questions about assignments, course material, exams, etc. try one of the following:

  1. Visit the TA during office hours.
  2. Post a Question on Piazza

For matters that concern your individual academic performance, please contact the instructor directly via email or in person after lecture.

Academic Integrity

A commitment to the principles of academic integrity is essential to the mission of Northeastern University. The promotion of independent and original scholarship ensures that students derive the most from their educational experience and their pursuit of knowledge. Academic dishonesty violates the most fundamental values of an intellectual community and undermines the achievements of the entire University.

Some specific guidelines for this course:

  • Midterm and Final exams are individual effort and collaboration of any kind would be considered violation.
  • For group activities, such as assignments and in class discussion, you are strongly encouraged to work with the other members of your group. You are also encouraged to discuss with others outside your group provided that the discussion does not result in an exchange of solutions or partial solutions. You can talk about the course material, the problem, general approaches to the problem, but not specific details of the solution. You cannot share your code in any form with other teams.
  • All code delivered as part of assignments must be “original” i.e. authored by members of your team. You cannot use code found on sites such as You are however permitted to use code snippets that may be used during lectures or 3rd party open source libraries. If you use 3rd party library, it must be listed in the README for your assignment.

You can review NEU’s Academic Integrity policy here.