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LSCITS Readings

readingsThis page is not intended as an exhaustive bibliography on large-scale complex IT systems (LSCITS). Rather, it is a list of key readings, the sort of thing that a new LSCITS PhD student might reasonably be expected to digest in their first term/semester, to understand the kind of issues, problems, and approaches that are relevant to LSCITS.


  1. L. Barosso & U. Holzle, The Data Centre as a Computer: An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines. Morgan & Claypool, 2009. (Free book pdf downloadable from here).
  2. N. Carr. The Big Switch: Rewiring the world from Edison to Google. Norton, 2008.
  3. E. Hollnagel, D. Woods, & N. Leveson (eds). Resilience Engineering: Concepts & Precepts. Ashgate, 2006.
  4. R. Hopkins & K. Jenkins. Eating the IT Elephant: Moving from Greenfield Development to Brownfield. IBM Press, 2008.
  5. D. MacKenzie. Mechanizing Proof: Computing, Risk, & Trust. MIT Press, 2004.
  6. L. Northrop et al. Ultra-Large Scale Systems: The Software Challenge of the Future. Carnegie-Mellon University Software Engineering Institute SEI Report, 2006. (Free book pdf downloadable from here).
  7. C. Perrow. Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. Princeton University Press, 1984.
  8. J. Seddon. Systems Thinking in the Public Sector. Triarchy, 2008.
  9. C. Shirky. Here Comes Everybody. Penguin, 2008.
  10. W. Starbuck & M. Farjoun (eds). Organization at the Limit: Lessons from the Columbia Disaster. WileyBlackwell, 2005.
  11. E. Tufte. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 2/e. Graphics Press, 2001.

Papers, reports, and other documents

  1. The 451 Group (2009). Cloudscape: Cloud Codex. The 451 Group. Downloadable from here (free, but requires registration).
  2. R. Anderson & T. Moore (2008) "Information Security Economics & Beyond" manuscript downloadable from here.
  3. S. Bullock & D. Cliff (2004) "Complexity and Emergence in ICT Systems", HP Labs Technical Report HPL-2004-187. Downloadable from here.
  4. B. Butler et al. (2004) "The Challenges of Complex IT Projects". Royal Academy of Engineering Report. Downloadable from here.
  5. A. Fox et al. (2009) "Engineering Values in IT". Royal Academy of Engineering Report. Downloadable from here.
  6. J. Hendler et al. (2008) "Web Science, an Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Web". Communications of the ACM 51(7):60-69. Downloadable from here.
  7. I. Sommerville (2008) "Fitting software to the organisation: Reducing time to value for new software systems" slides from a tutorial given in Perth. Downloadable from here.



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