ECE456 Computer Networks
Instructor: Prof. Anura
9:30-10:45 AM Tu, Th ENGRG B2
Objectives: Today’s global information infrastructure consists of various systems and devices interconnected via the Internet. Cellular and wired phone networks as well as TV (cable, dish) networks also play a key roles in providing access. Where information resides has become less important compared to ubiquitous and quick availability of information. The quality of service experienced by a user or an application depends on the underlying network hardware (e.g., links, routers), protocols (e.g., TCP/IP) and characteristics (e.g., network traffic, access times and interference). Internet is a dynamically evolving systems held together by a set of protocols, in contrast to many other systems (e.g., microprocessors, workstations) that are designed by a close-knit group of designers. ECE 456 introduces computer and communication networking principles and technologies that make such a complex global information infrastructure possible. Course will also provide an overview of sensor networking, an emergent technology that has the potential to dramatically change our interaction with physical world the way the Internet changed how we access information.
Students will know how the Internet works and how it
is able to evolve and grow in size, speed and
complexity. They will also understand how
different devices ranging from cellphones to
supercomputers interact almost seamlessly over the
Internet. They will be able to develop network
protocols and distributed Internet based applications
using basic network programming concepts.
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