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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Cloud Computing Concepts: Part 2 by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About the Course

Cloud computing systems today, whether open-source or used inside companies, are built using a common set of core techniques, algorithms, and design philosophies – all centered around distributed systems. Learn about such fundamental distributed computing "concepts" for cloud computing. Some of these concepts include: clouds, MapReduce, key-value/NoSQL stores, classical distributed algorithms, widely-used distributed algorithms, scalability, trending areas, and much, much more! Know how these systems work from the inside out. Get your hands dirty using these concepts with provided homework exercises. In the programming assignments, implement some of these concepts in template code (programs) provided in the C++ programming language. Prior experience with C++ is required. The course also features interviews with leading researchers and managers, from both industry and academia. This course builds on the material covered in the Cloud Computing Concepts, Part 1 course....

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Jul 15, 2017

Great course, I would recommend to everyone who wants to understand the basics of cloud computing. The course material is excellent, the instructor Indy is phenomenal and the exams are marvelous.


Dec 31, 2017

Very nice and informative course, and the programming assignment in the end of the course is so helpful to understand and apply the theoretical concepts that was introduced during the course

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By Vova F

Aug 26, 2018

Quality material and presentation.

Two problems with the course:

1) There is incredible amount of material covered every week, which is great, on the one hand. On the other hand, it's very hard sometimes to see the forest for the trees. It obviously also limits the depth of the material covered and the understanding thereof.

2) The final programming exercise is lacking in quality - probably the weakest part of this course. There has been obviously a great effort made to prepare this exercise, but the code quality is very poor, not to mention sparse and poor code documentation. The exercise specs are not specific and detailed enough - it took some time guessing about what is actual algorithm is required to implement. I've spent much more time trying to understand the code and the exercise requirements than actual on actual programming. I can imagine how frustrating this experience must be for a novice/unexperienced programmer.

This review is relevant for both parts of C3.

By Oren E

Aug 16, 2019

Good and informative course. Somewhat more manageable that CCC1; however; the programming assignment was once again a challenge... which is a good thing.

By Coherence

Sep 20, 2020

good material actually, however, the assignment is kind of out-of-date and looks no one is maintaining it. The TA just create posts and do nothing. Also I really don't understand what's the point to submit the programming assignment with python script? It should be meant to help students with the programming itself, not other unrelated parts...

By Edwin B

Aug 11, 2018

I have really grown to like Indy's presentation style. He manages to give high quality lecture after lecture, with very few exceptions. In this entire class, only a few minutes of AFS presentation seemed like it could be improved.

The programming assignment took a bit more work for me this class, even though it was actually easier. I wished that the differentiation between the MP1 and MP2 styles of calling the EmulNet network was spelled out in the instructions. Lack of an example of how to use the MP2 entrypoints into the API had me trying to implement an entry point (which would require more work than was likely expected).

By Stella P

Jul 29, 2018

This course was excellent. As a distributed systems engineer I found it very educational and well designed. I was able to refresh some of the concepts and put my knowledge into a better context. Big thank you to the instructor for creating this wonderful learning material.

By Alejandro O

Apr 22, 2022

This is great to understand some of the most important underlying challenges of distributed computing. I'd say this is a mind-opener for fundational knowledge about cloud computing.

By Hugo G

Apr 15, 2017

Just the same as the first course. Medium-hard quizzes and a hard programming assigment that is actually harder to understand than to develop.

Overall a five star course.

By gaurav

Jun 2, 2019

The course gives an advanced overview of the distributed system. The programming assignment was hard to crack but there was a lot of learning involved.

By Vy H

Feb 20, 2021

The content of the first two weeks are useful and challenging. The difficulty and relevance of the lectures diminish as we approach the end of the course.

The lecture slides are excellent. In fact, they're detailed enough that you can get through most of the course without having to watch the recordings. I might have watched about 40m of videos for the entire course. Granted that I've had some prior knowledge about distributed systems. So, try it out if you find the lecturer's "ah" "um" too distracting.

The programming assignment is terrible. The specification omits many relevant system conditions. So much for "Before solving any problem, specify its System Model". Be sure to check the forum for these missing specifications before starting. It's not as daunting as it seems. Also, the quality of the provided code is the worst I've ever seen in my 5 years of Software development. Whoever wrote the code probably didn't get paid enough to care.

By Stefan J

Feb 17, 2019

Would really help to get the correct answers for the questions one failed once the test is passed. The programming assignment could use additional tips and help

By chace

Apr 9, 2020

Contrast to Part 1, this course arrange as from deep to surface. The first two week class is still algorithm, then it's like application or introduce new area. The MP2 is easier than MP1 as you don't care about marshalling and unmarshalling at all. In conclusion, I learning a lot through those two course and thanks to Indy.

By Albert C G

Apr 23, 2017

Thank You Indy for a most challenging Course. I have taken >25 coursera courses and I would have this one is the most challenging. The C++ development project really strengthens your Computer-to-Computer Protocol Communication ability. Five stars all the way.

By Miklós A R

Jul 16, 2017

Great course, I would recommend to everyone who wants to understand the basics of cloud computing. The course material is excellent, the instructor Indy is phenomenal and the exams are marvelous.

By Ahmad H

Jan 1, 2018

Very nice and informative course, and the programming assignment in the end of the course is so helpful to understand and apply the theoretical concepts that was introduced during the course

By Syed A N R

Jun 27, 2017

In continuation with Pt. I, this course delves into many more interesting topics. There's a significant scope of self-discovery and learning.

By Erik H

Nov 5, 2019

Very good course to get into cloud computing. The programming assignments are on the challenging side so make sure to start early

By Subhashis C

May 16, 2018

Good course. Gives you a good overview of cloud computing paradigms. Cloud Computing I and II both are quite informative courses.

By Michael M

Mar 31, 2018

Awesome class for software engineers. If you haven't take it in college, or need a refresher, this is a great way to do so.

By Sajjan B

Oct 17, 2016

Excellent Course! I found both the Cloud Computing Concepts highly informative and relevant for the course objective.

By Ramón G F

Nov 9, 2017

I think it is perfect. Excellent theory, excelent teachers, interesting topics well understood and well explained

By Abdul Q

Jul 1, 2018

It was an awesome experience to learn and explore key areas of distributed systems in clud computing concepts

By Cheng H

Dec 28, 2020

Appreciate the course brings me to a level where I can better understand today's trend in computer science!

By Matthew L

Feb 9, 2017

Very challenging and very well presented material. I wish all coursera courses could be this way.

By Yuxiang L

Jul 23, 2017

A decent overview of cloud computing concepts. Learnt a lot from the programming assignment.

By Xuyan X

Dec 17, 2017

The professor Indranil Gupta is the guy who can talk very fast but clearly:) Five stars.