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ECE 671:
Computer Networks

 Spring 2022
Tue/Thu 10:00-11:15
, LGRT 141

Course Info

Instructor: Prof. Mike Zink

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Knowles 213B

Class meeting time: Tue/Thur 10:00PM-11:15PM. See schedule for exact dates.
Location: LGRT 141
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Prerequisites: Introduction to Computer Networks (or similar) recommended but not required.
Office hours: Wednesdays 1pm - 2pm, KEB 213B
Teaching assistant: Meghana Vishwanath, mvishwanath@umass.edu, Office hours: Monday's 4 pm - 5 pm, Knowles Engineering Building Room 211
Midterms: Midterm I, March 2nd, 7 pm - 9 pm, ELab 304; Midterm II, April 6th, 7 pm - 9 pm, ELab 304
Final: May 12th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, LGRT 141

Course Description

ECE 671 - Computer Networks is a graduate level course that covers fundamental concepts and systems aspects of computer networks. Topics include a review of the layered Internet architecture and encompass router design, lookup and classification algorithms, scheduling algorithms, congestion control, wireless protocols, and network security. The goal of this course is to explore the key technical and research questions in computer networks as well as to convey the necessary analytical, simulation, and measurement techniques. Lectures are complemented with reading, homework, and lab assignments for an in-depth exposure.  
A prior introduction course to computer networks is recommended but not strictly necessary.
Note: Since this course is a Ph.D. core requirement, more emphasis is given to well-established networking fundamentals. Temporarily hot topics in networking are limited to just a couple of lectures.

Academic Honesty Policy

All work submitted must be your own in presentation. How much outside help is allowed depends on the course component.

University Academic Honesty Policy

The diversity of the participants in this course is a valuable source of ideas, problem solving strategies, and engineering creativity. If you feel that your contribution is not being valued for any reason, please speak with me privately. If you wish to communicate anonymously, you may do so in writing or speak with Dr. Paula Rees, Director of Engineering Diversity Programs (rees@umass.edu, 413.545.6324, Marston 128). We are all members of an academic community where it is our shared responsibility to cultivate a climate where all students/individuals are valued and where both they and their ideas are treated with respect.