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COMP 443: Computer Networks

Credit hours
3
Prerequisites
COMP 271
Description
We will study how a computer network is put together, from lowest to highest levels. We will focus on the TCP/IP protocols, with which the worldwide Internet has been constructed. The Internet, and its uses, will be one of our topics for study. We will examine LAN protocols such as Ethernet, Token Ring, and the ATM; internet working protocols such as IP; and transit protocols such as TCP and UDP. When the text authors speak, however, of a "systems" approach, they mean that this traditional network model of analyzing in terms of "layers" is to be reconsidered whenever it doesn't fit or isn't illuminating. This is particularly important, for example, when new applications such as network video require major protocol changes to enable the necessary services and performance.

We will also study general high-level network issues such as security, authentication, fault tolerance, and congestion.

Other Information
There will be one moderate programming project, to be written in either C or Java; there may also be some smaller example programs or simulator programs. There will also be some written exercises. There will be midterm and final examinations.
Syllabus
Taught by Dr. Dordal Spring 2005.

Taught by Dr. Sekharan Fall 2002.

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