Advanced Computer Networks (X_405082) 2021

In this course we will discuss advanced topics in computer networking. We will cover concepts and designs for modern network systems such as data center networks, software-defined networks, programmable networks, and cutting-edge networking research topics (such as network automation, in-network computing, and machine learning for networking).

The objectives of this course are:

The study guide of the course can be found here. The course involves heavy reading of research papers. If you need some guidance on how to read a research paper, please check this article.

The code templates for the lab assignments are publicly released here.

Course information

Lecturer: Lin Wang
TA: Vinod Nigade, George Karlos

Lectures: Tue, Wed 11:00 - 12:30 hybrid (on-campus and streamed on Zoom)

Office Hours: Every Wednesday before the lecture (09:30 - 10:30) on Zoom. Not mandatory, but feel free to join if you have any questions/comments regarding the lectures, the project, or the course in general.

Literature: No set textbook. All material will be made available during the course. Please check the Modules section on Canvas for weekly reading lists.


PASS: iff you obtain no less than 25/50 in both components. Details for grading can be found in the first lecture slides.


Date Topic Material
Nov 2, 2021, 11:00 L: Introduction [Slides]
Internet history
TCP/IP design philosophy
End-to-end argument
Nov 3, 2021, 11:00 L: Networking basics [Slides]
Systems approach: Chapter 3
Computer networks: Chapter 3-5
Nov 8, 2021, 23:59 P: Lab0 due [Lab0 description]
Nov 9, 2021, 11:00 L: Networking data structures and algorithms [Slides]
Intro. to Algorithms
Cuckoo hashing
Bloom filter
Count-min sketch
Fast longest prefix matching
Nov 10, 2021, 11:00 L: Network transport [slides]
Congestion avoidance and control
BBR: congestion-based CC
Multipath TCP
Nov 15, 2021, 23:59 P: Lab1 due [Lab1 description]
Nov 16, 2021, 11:00 L: Data center networking [slides]
Fattree, PortLand
Optional: Jellyfish, BCube, DCell
Nov 17, 2021, 11:00 L: Data center network transport [slides]
Optional: QJump, pFabric
Nov 23, 2021, 11:00 L: Software defined networking [slides]
The road towards SDN
FlowVisor, CoVisor
Nov 24, 2021, 11:00 L: Network automation [slides]
Fibbing, Propane, NetComplete
Nov 25, 2021, 23:59 P: Lab2 due [Lab2 description]
Nov 30, 2021, 11:00 L: Network function virtualization [slides]
Click, RouteBricks
Dec 1, 2021, 11:00 L: Programmable data plane [slides]
Intro. to P4
P4 language specs
Dec 7, 2021, 11:00 L: Network monitoring [slides]
In-band network telemetry
HashPipe, UnivMon
Dec 8, 2021, 11:00 L: In-network computing [slides]
NetCache, NetChain
Optional: HIRE, NCL
Dec 8, 2021, 23:59 P: Lab3 due [Lab3 description]
Dec 14, 2021: 11:00 L: Machine learning for networking [slides]
Pensieve, NeuroCuts
Dec 15, 2021, 11:00 Final Q&A  
Dec 21, 2021, 12:15 Exam  
Dec 24, 2021, 23:59 P: Lab4 due [Lab4 description]

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