15-744: Computer Networks Syllabus


There are no official texts for the course. As background, we suggest several texts:


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

The quizzes will be in-class, one near midterm and one near the end of the semester.

The project in 15-744 is an open-ended research project, done in groups of two. The project requires a proposal, a project status report, and a final report (both written and presented).

There will be a few problem sets assigned during the term that will constitute 15% of your grade. Problem sets will be a mix of theory and hands-on programming assignments.


Date Instructor Topics Notes Readings Reviewer
Mon 01/11 SS Intro: History and context and packet switching.
Part 1: Internetworking
Wed 01/13 SS Optional - routing background material review
Fri 01/15 SS Internetworking: Architectural principles, names, addresses
Optional papers: CT90,Clark02 Design, Saltzer84
Mon 01/18 SS No class - MLK day
Wed 01/20 SS Interdomain Routing
Optional reading: Stability,Vantage02,Neil03,Paul88 Gao2000, MITLec4Notes
Fri 01/22 SS Project meetings
Mon 01/25 SS Software Forwarding
RouteBricks Click(sections-1,2), OpenFlow(read-in-full)
Wed 01/27 SS SDNs
Optional: Ethane RoadToSDN 4D(read-in-full), Onix(read-intro-only) Ku
Fri 01/29 SS Router Design
Optional reading: D+97 (the "Lulea" algorithm), BV01, EffiCuts Project Proposal Due McK97(read-in-full), KCY03(read-intro-only)
Part 2: Resource Management
Mon 02/01 SS No class
Wed 02/03 SS No class
Fri 02/05 JJ Optional - transport background material review
Mon 02/08 SS End-to-End Congestion Control
Optional papers: just read sec 1-3 in TFRC, RED BCCA01, CJ89, TCPModeling98. VJ88(read-in-full), TFRC(read-intro-only) Santurkar
Wed 02/10 SS Router-Based Resource Allocation
Optional papers: CSFQ WFQ(read-in-full), XCP(read-intro-only) Unal
Part 3: Programming Routers
Fri 02/12 SS Programming the Network/Evolution
FIA, ESM ActiveNetworks, XIA(skim) Baugh
Mon 02/15 SS Middleboxes and NFV
Optional: Aplomb CoMb(read-in-full), NFV(skim-through) Manousis
Part 4: Data Centers
Wed 02/17 SS Data center topology/routing
Optional: VL2, Google, Facebook Portland(read-in-full)
Fri 02/19 SS Data center scheduling
Optional: pFabric, Hedera C-through(skim), CoFlow(read-in-full) Wang
Mon 02/22 SS Data center transport
Optional: Incast DCTCP(read-in-full)
Wed 02/24 SS No class
Fri 02/26 SS Review/project meetings
Mon 02/29 SS Exam 1
Wed 03/02 SS No class - early break
Fri 03/04 SS No class - mid-semester break
Mon 03/07 SS No class - mid-semester break
Wed 03/09 SS No class - mid-semester break
Fri 03/11 SS No class - mid-semester break
Mon 03/14 SS No class - Open House
Part 5: Content Delivery
Wed 03/16 SS Distributed Hash Tables, P2P
See also DHT Geometry Comparison paper, P2P DHTSurvey(read), Chord(skim)
Fri 03/18 SS Data-oriented networking, BitTorrent
Optional: DOT, DONA, DTN, BitTyrant CCN(read), RE(skim) Zhai
Mon 03/21 JJ DNS, CDN
Optional: end-user mapping, Early DNS, Measuring CDNs, CDN vs ICN EDNS(skim)
Wed 03/23 SS No class
Fri 03/25 SS Privacy
Optional: Infranet APIP(read), Tor(skim) Murthy
Mon 03/28 Justine Sherry Privacy
Wed 03/30 JJ CDN and Video Streaming
Optional papers: Akamai Live, C3, Video Survey, CongestionManager99 Akamai-CDN, Festive(first-2-sections) Liu
Fri 04/01 SS No class
Part 6: Wireless
Mon 04/04 SS Wireless Networks overview and architectures
Optional: MACAW CSMA(skim), BPSK97(read) Li
Wed 04/06 SS Project meetings
Fri 04/08 SS Wireless Networks in the real world
White Spaces SIGCOMM talk Slides: pptx, Optional reading: Chaotic Roofnet(skim), WhiteSpaces(read) Dongare
Mon 04/11 SS Making the Best of Broadcast
Optional: MORE, ExOR slides: ppt, pdf. ExOR(skim), XorsInTheAir(skim), MIMO(read)
Part 7: Security
Wed 04/13 SS Security: DDoS and Traceback
Optional: InferDDoS, DDoS_Taxonomy Traceback(read), AmplificationHell(skim)
Fri 04/15 SS No class - Spring Carnival
Mon 04/18 SS Security: NIDS and NIPS
Optional: Honeycomb Bro(read), Normalizer(skim)
Part 8: Miscellaneous
Wed 04/20 SS TBD
Fri 04/22 SS Exam 2
Mon 04/25 SS No class - travel
Wed 04/27 SS No class - travel
Fri 04/29 SS No class - travel
Thu 05/05 SS Project writeups due

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