ECE 59500 - Computer Network Systems

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

This is an experiential learning course.

Counts as:

Experimental Course Offered:

Spring 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


Consent of instructor or graduate standing.

Requisites by Topic:

A broad and strong foundation in undergraduate computer engineering courses, and good programming skills. A prior course in operating systems or networking will be useful but not essential.

Catalog Description:

The goal of this course is to provide students with a proper grounding in the basic concepts and seminal work in computer network protocols and systems, and to introduce students to research in the field. The course will cover classical concepts such as network architecture, switching, routing, congestion control, and quality-of-service, and discuss recent developments in these areas. The course will also cover new developments in networking such as network measurements, network management, overlay networking and peer-to-peer systems, network security, and new network architectures. The course will emphasize a system-oriented and empirical view of Internet architecture.

Required Text(s):

  1. Computer Networks - A Systems Approach , 5th Edition , Larry L. Peterson , Morgan Kaufmann , 2011 , ISBN No. 978-0123850591

Recommended Text(s):

  1. Research papers that cover historical perspective, case studies and more in-depth coverage of recent topics.

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Major Topics
2 Internet Architectural Principles
2 Layer 2 Interconnects, and Switching
2 Internet Addressing, ARP and DNS
2 Intra-domain Routing
2 Inter-domain Routing (BGP)
2 End-to-End Congestion Control (TCP)
2 Router Mechanisms for Congestion Control
2 Quality of Service
2 Multicast
2 Network Security (SSH, DDoS, Firewalls, Intrusion Detection)
2 Network Management
2 Peer-to-Peer Systems
2 Router Architecture: packet lookup and classification
2 In-Class Exam and Review
2 Student Project Presentations

Engineering Design Content:

  • Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Economic
  • Political
  • Social
  • Sustainability

Assessment Method:

There will be at least one midterm and a final exam. In addition, students will be assessed on class projects.