17-655: Architectures for Software Systems



Successful design of complex software systems requires the ability to describe, evaluate, and create systems at an architectural level of abstraction. This course introduces architectural design of complex software systems. The course considers commonly-used software system structures, techniques for designing and implementing these structures, models and formal notations for characterizing and reasoning about architectures, tools for generating specific instances of an architecture, and case studies of actual system architectures. It teaches the skills and background students need to evaluate the architectures of existing systems and to design new systems in principled ways using well-founded architectural paradigms.

After completing this course, students will be able to:


Prerequisite:  Experience with at least one large software system, either through industrial software development experience or an undergraduate course in software engineering, compilers, operating systems, or the like.