Exam Report for Distributed Information Processing

On that saturday, that I mentioned in my previous post, I had a second exam which was Distributed Information Processing. I found that exam much more difficult than the Information Management exam.

Here are the topics, as far as I can recall them:
– some check question, you have to check if the statement about processes, threads and networks is correct or not
– explain, why the IP adress is not part of the TCP header
– explain why time synchronization is important for computer networks
– explain how digital signatures work and how the receiver knows that the signature is valid
– explain when to use threads and when to use sub-processes

In my opinion the exam was not that easy and not all topics where part of the study material. At least not in that depth. I hope the exam is passed, no matter which grade. 🙂

next exams in two weeks

The date for the next exams is getting closer. Last week the WBH has sent the timetables for the exam date. Fortunately, both exams I’m going to write are in the same lecture theater. So I don’t have to change the room between the exams. The first exam will be IMI (Information Management) and then follows VII (Distributed Information Processing).

The second module sounds a little bit odd in my translation. In German it is “Verteilte Informationsverarbeitung”, which is also a little bit unfamiliar. In general, it’s again mostly about networking, protocols, connections and the OSI model.

My preparations are doing fine, I think. I started to do some Sketch Notes for IMI to write my own comprehension, but it’s too much to write and sketch, so I stopped this some weeks ago. Instead I will continue with the “classical” learning by reading, repeating, understanding, and answering some questions. This should be okay for IMI. For VII I read a lot of Wikipedia articles about networks protocols and some chapters of Tanenbaum’s “Computer Networks” book, which I finally ordered recently.I expect that I will need this book for my Bachelor thesis as reference.