6.892 AdminisTrivia (Fall 1999)
- Undergraduate systems or
networks course covering basic networking concepts (e.g.,
6.033 or equivalent) and/or consent of
instructor. Enrollment may be limited. If your networking
background is rusty and you may want to page material in
from one of these excellent books. In particular, I highly
recommend the book by Peterson and Davie.
Course Structure Class meetings will discuss assigned readings from the literature. 6.892 will emphasize
the practical aspects of computer networks and the Internet, and
will be centered around discussions and arguments!
Class participation is therefore very important.
- Grades will be based
primarily on a significant course project. Participants
will also write a conference-style paper describing the
project and make a 20-minute presentation of their work
at the end of the term. This will constitute 50% of
In addition, there will be a
few homeworks assigned during the term. We expect to use
the VINT network simulator, ns for some of the homework
questions. In many cases, we expect ns to be
useful for your project too. We strongly encourage you to
get familiar with ns (version 2) as soon as you
can, by installing it on your machine and playing with
it. While not comprehensive, the available documentation
is quite good and adequate to start using it. Any
questions about usage are best directed to firstname.lastname@example.org (there are instructions on the ns
Web page on how you can subscribe to this list. Homeworks
will constitute 20% of your grade.
We will have a mid-term quiz,
currently planned for 11/9/99 (before drop-date). This,
together with class participation, counts for 30%
of your grade.
(Paper + Presentation)
participation & energy-level
remember, this is a graduate class and grades shouldn't
be your primary or only motivator! What matters is how
much you learn about research in networking and how much
it excites you! We hope this class and the project you
work on meet that goal.
Last update: Sun
Sep 5 22:49:48 EDT 1999 (hari)