The required textbook for the course is Computer Networks (5th Edition), by Andrew Tanenbaum and David Wetherall, Prentice Hall. This will not cover all the material in the book, but slides are detailed.

Another textbook that you can use as a substitute is Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (6th Edition), by Jim Kurose and Keith Ross, Addison Wesley.

For the programming projects, please see Dave's Notes on Software Engineering for Systems Hackers.

There are a few recommended texts which are useful references (especially if networking becomes your career).

  • Data and Computer Communications (10th Edition) by W. William Stallings
  • Unix Network Programming: Networking APIs: Sockets and XTI (Volume 1) by W. Richard Stevens.
  • Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment by W. Richard Stevens, Addison-Wesley, 1993.

Finally, if you have not taken an "Introduction to Computer System" course, you may find this textbook useful as a gentle, software-focused introduction to computer architecture.

  • Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective by Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron. Prentice Hall, 2003


Your final grade for the course will be based on the following weights for the individual assignments:

  • 50+% Class participation
  • 20% Paper Review
  • 30+% Research Practicum (project or survey)

Take the project deadlines seriously. You can extend the deadlines with a 10% penalty per day. Note that any submissions will NOT be accepted 48 hours after the due date.

Schedule (dates and topics are subject to change)

Date Instructor Topics Notes
Mon 09/17 Chenren Xu Overview
Quiz 0
Mon 09/24 No Class Wireless and PHY concepts
Mon 10/01 No Class Link Tech and WLAN
Mon 10/08 Chenren Xu Cellular Networks
Lab 1 out
Mon 10/15 No Class Internetworking and Internet
Quiz 1, Lab 2 out
Mon 10/22 Chenren Xu End-to-End Data Transfer
Mon 10/29 Chenren Xu Network Application
Lab 1 due, Lab 3 out
Mon 11/05 No Class Multimedia and QoS
Quiz 2
Mon 11/12 Chenren Xu Network Security
Mon 11/19 Chenren Xu Research Methods
Mon 11/26 Chenren Xu Proposal Meeting
Lab2 due, Quiz 3
Appointment for project discussion
Mon 12/03 Chenren Xu Proposal Presentation
Proposal due
Mon 12/10 Chenren Xu Mobile Computing
Mon 12/17 Chenren Xu Wireless Networking
Mon 12/24 Chenren Xu Software-defined Control
Mon 12/31 Chenren Xu Sensing System
Lab 3 due
TBD Chenren Xu Research Practicum Presentation
Locatoin: TBD

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