As the internet develops, it has come to include cloud computing centres, smartphones, RFID tags and sensor networks. This connected world brings new opportunities to science and business, but also new challenges to privacy and security. You will study entirely new software architectures and large-scale, geographically distributed systems which can serve billions of users. Scalability, performance, security and visualization are key topics. VU university has responded to this challenge by creating a 2-year English-langauge Masters program to prepare students for careers in these exciting fields in academia and industry.
This Masters emphasizes hands-on experiments, featuring many software lab courses that train you to solve challenging research problems using software experiments. You will work on design, implementation, testing and performance analysis of complex system software. Operating in small teams, you will train your collaborative research skills. Courses include Parallel Programming and Distributed Systems, Cluster and Grid Computing and Computer Graphics.
VU University (Vrije Universiteit in Dutch) is a teaching and research institution in Amsterdam with 23,000 students and 2500 academic staff. Twelve faculties offer over 60 Bachelors degrees, 100 Masters degrees and a wide variety of Ph.D.s in many fields. The campus is located in Amsterdam, one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe.
For more information about the Masters program, called PDCS, click on the pdcs.vu.nl link below.