CMSC 711 - Computer Networks

Spring 2006

General Course Information

Instructor: Bobby Bhattacharjee
4147  A. V. Williams Building
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. 
E-mail is the easiest and fastest way to contact me.
Please put the string "CMSC 711: " somewhere in the subject line of your message
Room and Time: 1121  Computer Science Instruction Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.

Course Description

This course will cover the principles of wide-area networking with a focus on protocols, implementations, and issues specific to the Internet. We will begin with a few ``classic'' Internet protocols, study the basis for scaling Internet-wide services, and investigate a set of selected advanced topics in networking.

A major emphasis in this course will be on distributed protocols that scale to Internet-wide deployment. We will papers in a variety of topics including addressing, network-based services, service differentiation/quality of service, peer-to-peer protocols, and network security. A new emphasis for this semester will be on network security, peer-to-peer protocols and protocols that apply game theory and mechanism design to networking.

As a part of the course, you will selectively implement new protocols and network services; as such, this course will have a substantial programming component.


CMSC 417 or at least one other introductory course in networking.
Experience with some flavor of Unix and programming in C or C++.


The following books are recommended for reference:

Computer Networks: A Systems Approach
    by Larry Peterson and Bruce Davie, Second Edition,Morgan Kaufman, 1999.
    ISBN  1-55860-514-2.

TCP/IP Illustrated volume 1
   by  W. Richard Stevens.  Addison-Wesley.
   ISBN: 0-201-63346-9

The majority of the course will be taught using  RFCs and papers in the  reading list. You will also be responsible for material covered in class that is not part of a paper or a RFC.


Project 35%
In-class Exams 45%
Assignments 15%
Class Participation 5%

The grading criteria is subject to change during the semester.




Please keep up with and participate in the class newsgroup (csd.cmsc711).   I will use the newsgroup for broadcast announcements and to answer questions that may be interesting to more than one of you.  Further, the newsgroup is the best medium for asking questions about homeworks, for debugging your programming environment, and for posting the latest Internet rumor.  Thus, unless it is private, post to the newsgroup before writing e-mail.

Attendance and Class Participation

This is a graduate course; I will not mandate you to come to class (you are still responsible for all the material covered in class).  Further, note that 5% of your grade is based upon class participation.   This is to encourage you to voice your ideas in class and to post them to the newsgroup.  Minimally, I must know your name by the end of the term in order for you to get any points for class participation.

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