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Lecture1 - Course Philosophy ECE-CSE 894G Introduction to...

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1 ECE & CSE ECE-CSE 894G: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks I Ness B. Shroff ECE & CSE [email protected] ECE & CSE Course Philosophy Operation of modern communication networks is very complex Requires the interaction of many systems In the study of networks it is easy to get lost in the intricacies of the details of the various component systems Technology is very fluid and changes annually, if not monthly Purpose of this course is not to go into all the details of the current technologies and standards ECE & CSE Course Philosophy It is rather to teach fundamentals, i.e., aspects of networking that are not likely to change. For example: • Network design principles • Network control • Traffic management • Routing • Multiaccess ECE & CSE Notes and Handouts Lecture notes will be available on the course website. Descriptive course material will be taught using power point slides as far as possible. More technical material will be handwritten in class, but transcripts of lecture notes will also be available in power point.
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2 ECE & CSE No recent textbook that I can follow to teach this course. Two decent books on this subject in the past: “Data Networks” by D. Bertsekas and R. Gallagher “Telecommunication Networks” by Mischa Schwartz. Both books are quite old and do not treat the latest developments in networking. We will use the book by Schwartz as the main textbook and the book by Leon Garcia and Widjija as a secondary text. However, the course notes (created from various books and papers) and handouts will probably be the most important. ECE & CSE Two parallel developments Telegraph Networks (1837) Telephone Networks (1876) ECE & CSE Telegraph Networks In 1837, Samuel Morse demonstrated a practical telegraph that provided the basis for telegram service, the transmission of text messages over long distances [Leon Garcia and Wididja, 2000].
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