DSMS was the term coined by academic work as opposition to DBMS (database) in the "early days" before the more marketed Complex Event Processing CEP acronym was introduced. CEP is now more widely used by vendors, press and analysts as productization and real world deployment is taking place.
Some course materials are available online, and it is worth the read because it recaps on the key concepts, fit for purpose, and mechanics of DSMS/CEP engines such as TelegraphCQ, Stream, Borealis and Esper.
- DSMS part 1 - Applications Concepts and Systems
- DSMS part 2 - Sensor Networks (less interesting unless you are in this area)
- Course catalog
There are also 2 project assignments that plan to leverage Esper - which is an excellent illustration of how open source can be leveraged in the academic world.
- Extending a DSMS benchmark
- Online analysis of medical sensor data with the Esper Event Stream Processing System