This inaugural summer school on advanced topics in systems was held on the 30th anniversary of the renowned Arctic 88 Advanced Course on Distributed Systems. It was held on the picturesque and secluded island of Sommarøy located 36 km (22 mi) west of Tromsø, and 300 km (200 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Sommarøy is known for its white sand beaches and spectacular scenery.
The summer school has featured a teaching staff of well-known researchers and was targeted at Ph.D. students, engineers, and junior faculty. The first summer school was focused on advanced topics in Distributed Systems. The summer school featured five 50-minute lectures a day on August 15, 16, and 17, for a total of 15 lectures. In the evenings there were social activities and/or poster sessions. The summer school was co-sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and the Corpore Sano project.