MW 1:00 - 2:05 (lecture), F 1:15 - 2:05 (lab)
Davis (contacting me)
February 7: I have made the following revisions to the course mechanics. Let me know if you have further thoughts on this.
are now required to complete only 7 out of 12 abstracts to earn an A. I
will continue to assign them weekly, but you can choose several to skip.
now count for only 10% of the final grade. I shifted the other 5% to
WarmUps, which you are all faithfully completing. Although WarmUps are
worth 20%, my standard is the same: that you make a sincere attempt to
understand the reading and address the assigned questions. The point is
to discover what is difficult for you to understand and therefore
worthwhile to discuss in class, as well as what is easy and need
not be discussed.
- Abstracts are now due at 5:30 rather than 5 on Tuesday. (This
better matches my schedule.) As we discussed, I did not change the day
of the week they are due.
January 22: Our class twiki is at https://www.cs.hmc.edu/twiki/bin/view/CS364Spring2009
January 16: Welcome back! Read our plan for week 1.
Welcome to the spring 2009 session of CSC 364, Computer Networks.
In this class, I hope you learn not only how the Internet
works, but why
it is designed the way it is. Although the Internet has been a
remarkable success, we'll also consider the limitations of its design.
My goals are for you to
- consider problems, requirements, and design trade-offs--and in
particular, how changing circumstances can change which solution is
- learn what makes the Internet work (including the details
of important protocols);
- analyze network performance;
- observe Internet protocols and systems "in the wild";
- work with programming abstractions to implement simple Internet protocols; and
- gain experience reading literature from both
research and practice.
I expect you to be comfortable programming in C and, ideally,
to have some other experience with operating systems or architecture.
Intrigued? Go on to read about course mechanics and the schedule.
Our textbook is
Last I checked, the bookstore had four copies. At least one student will need to order the text online.
- L. Peterson & B. Davie (2007). Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 4th ed. Morgan Kaufmann.
Created January 14, 2009
Last revised February 7, 2009