CS176A: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks
Basic concepts in networking, the OSI model, error detection codes, flow
control, routing, medium access control, and high-speed networks.
- Understand the challenges of network communication.
- Understand the basics of network communication.
- Understand the operation of protocols used in the Internet.
Course Objectives and Department
Because the Internet is such an important part of the
infrastructure, understanding how it works is of benefit to everyone.
Understanding the Internet in detail is especially critical for
Science students. Not only do students learn how communication takes
but the Internet serves as an excellent example of a highly
complex computer system. As a consequence, understanding the Internet
well with the CS
- Lecture Time/Place
- Mon/Wed from 8:00am to 9:15am (WEBB 1100)
- Discussion Times/Places
- Wed at 4:00pm (P387 103) or at 5:00pm (GIRV 1116)
- First discussion is October 8
- Last discussion is December 10
Course WWW Site: there is a web site on GauchoSpace. The link is: https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/course/view.php?id=4817.
- Course Material
- [Requred Textbook] J.
Kurose and K. Ross, Computer
Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet",
Addison-Wesley, 2nd edition (July 2002), 3rd edition (May 2004), 4th
edition (April 2007), 5th edition (March 2009), or 6th edition (March 2012).
- Good descriptive text, but top-down instead of bottom-up.
That's fine, we'll just work in reverse.
- A bit light on detail in some places, so you should
expect to have to occassionaly look elsewhere for more detail.
- The 6th edition was released in 2012, but in
general, the 5th, 4th, or 3rd editions are fine (and probably the second
- [Optional/Additional/Alternative Textbook] Andrew
S. Tanenbaum: Computer
Networks, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition, August 2002.
- Terse but thorough. Some of the explanations can be quite
confusing, but still quite useful as a secondary reference.
is tons of additional information on the web about topics we will be
- Required Prerequisites: PSTAT120A or ECE139.
- Recommended Prerequisites: PSTAT120B and CS170.
Kevin Almeroth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Location: 2113, Harold Frank Hall (Engineering I)
Office Hours: 9:30am-11:00am on Mon/Wed; by appointment, or if my door is
Daniel (Michael) Agun (email@example.com)
Office Location: CSIL
Office Hours: 1:00pm-2:30pm on Wed and 10am-11:30am on Thu
Responsibilities: Lead TA for Homeworks #1 and #4
Da Zhang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Location: Rm 103-104, Trailer #936
Office Hours: 9:00am-12:00pm on Fri
Responsibilities: Lead TA for Homeworks #2 and #3
Jason Berry (email@example.com)
Office Location: Rm 103-104, Trailer #936
Office Hours: 5:30pm-7:00pm on Mon and Tue
Responsibilities: Grading support
Student Evaluation (with Partial Preliminary Due Dates)
- 40%: Homeworks
- 10%: Homework #1 [Oct 19--11:59pm]
- 06%: Homework #2 [Nov 05--11:59pm]
- 06%: Homework #3 [Nov 24--11:59pm]
- 18%: Homework #4 [Dec 14--11:59pm]
- 25%: Midterm Exam [Nov 10--in class]
- 35%: Final Exam [Dec 19--9:00am-11:00am]
- Final due dates will be announced in class and posted on GauchoSpace.
- There are no late homeworks/exams. All missed
homeworks/exams earn a 0.
- All exams are closed notes/books/calculator/etc.
- All assignments are to be done individually.
- Topic #01: Internet History and Organization
- Topic #02: OSI Stack
- Topic #03: Sockets
- Topic #04: Physical Layer
- Kurose/Ross: Chapter 1
- S. Steinke, "Network Delay and Signal Propagation"
- Topic #05: Data Link Layer Overview
- Topic #06: Point-to-Point Protocols
- Kurose/Ross, Parts of 5.3
- Topic #07: Shared Medium Protocols
- Topic #08: Ethernet and Other Shared Medium Protocols
- Kurose/Ross: 5.4, 6.1-6.4
- Topic #09: Network Layer Overview
- Topics #10 and #11: IP
- Kurose/Ross: 4.4
- D. Bandel, "CIDR: A Prescription for Shortness of Address Space," Linux Journal, December 1998
- Topic #12: Routing
- Kurose/Ross: 4.3, 4.5, 4.6
- Topic #13: Finish IP
- Topic #14: Transport Layer Overview and TCP
- Kurose/Ross: 3.1-3.2, 3.4-3.7
- Topic #15: TCP (cont'd) and UDP
- Kurose/Ross 3.3
- C. Partridge and T. Shepard, "TCP/IP Performance over Satellite Links," IEEE Network, pp. 44-49, September/October 1997
- Topic #16: DNS, HTTP, and the WWW
- Kurose/Ross: 2.1, 2.2, 2.5
- Topic #17: NATs, Tunnelling, P2P, and CDNs