Professional Masters Degree Program

CSE 588, Network Systems, Spring 1997


Terry Gray (
Steve Corbato (

Teaching Assistants:

Melanie Fulgham (
Yih-Chun Hu (

Thursdays, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Sieg 134

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Course Description

This class is intended for those interested in the design, deployment, and operation of enterprise intranets or wide-area networks based on Internet technology. The goal is to identify and analyze the choices confronting practitioners responsible for enterprise or service provider networks.

Fundamental concepts are combined with discussions of current trends, choices, and challenges. Emphasis is on the evaluation of design/operations alternatives and a review of unsolved problems.

Things this class is not: Prerequisites:

You must have had an advanced undergrad (or graduate) operating systems and/or networking class. Moreover, we assume that if you are not familiar with networking fundamentals, you will remedy this as soon as possible by reading introductory chapters of the text or other reference books.

Course Outline -rev3

  1. April 3: Background (Basic Concepts, Internet History) (Powerpoint 97 Document) (Slides: 800x600) (Netshow version)
  2. April 10: Routing vs. Switching (Netshow version)
  3. April 17: Architecture and Topology Trends(Netshow version)
  4. April 24: Ladner on Performance of LANs and Routers (Netshow version)
  5. May 01: Congestion vs. Quality of Service (Netshow version)
  6. May 08: Corbato on Routing part 1 (Intro, RIP, OSPF) (Netshow version)
  7. May 15: Corbato on Routing part 2 (BGP, state of the Internet) (Netshow version)
  8. May 22: Minshall on ATM vs. IP (Netshow version)
  9. May 29: Garfinkel on Internet Security , Beeman on Trends (Netshow version)
  10. Jun 05: Review of open issues; Failure Modes; Router/Switch Buyer's Guide (Netshow version)
  11. Jun 12: Final Exam


Assignments and Grading

The papers: Class participation includes not only during the scheduled lectures, but also the email discussion list.



Note: the first book listed, Peterson & Davie, is the official course textbook. We won't be teaching directly from the text, nor will we use the programming exercises, but will use it as the key source for many of the assignments. Moreover, it will give you a good source for catching up on fundamentals and digging into concepts we can't cover in depth in class.


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