6.829 | Fall 2002 | Graduate
Computer Networks
Course Description
How does the global network infrastructure work and what are the design principles on which it is based? In what ways are these design principles compromised in practice? How do we make it work better in today's world? How do we ensure that it will work well in the future in the face of rapidly growing scale and …

How does the global network infrastructure work and what are the design principles on which it is based? In what ways are these design principles compromised in practice? How do we make it work better in today’s world? How do we ensure that it will work well in the future in the face of rapidly growing scale and heterogeneity? And how should Internet applications be written, so they can obtain the best possible performance both for themselves and for others using the infrastructure? These are some issues that are grappled with in this course. The course will focus on the design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of large-scale networked systems.

Topics include internetworking philosophies, unicast and multicast routing, congestion control, network quality of service, mobile networking, router architectures, network-aware applications, content dissemination systems, network security, and performance issues. Material for the course will be drawn from research papers, industry white papers, and Internet RFCs.

Learning Resource Types
notes Lecture Notes
assignment_turned_in Problem Sets with Solutions
A diagram of a simulation of a computer network.
Simulation of a computer network, in 10 iterations, with 2.0 ms steps. The red represents the new recalculated step, and the green is the trace from the previous step. (Image from Tutorial 2, by Hari Balakrishnan.)