Course pages 2011–12
2011-12 Lecture Notes
Note: The material of the syllabus and the ratio of (number of lectures) material is roughly correct but the ordering is a bit redone this year to meet a few issues that arose previously (Causal linking of material).
2011-12 Supervision Handouts
Topic 1-6 pdf Updated: 2012-3-13 *** UPDATED TO INCLUDE TOPIC 6 Data Centers ***
Topic 1 - Introduction
- End-to-End Arguments in System Design, Saltzer, J., Reed, D., and Clark, D.D., Second International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (April 1981) pages 509-512, ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, 1984, Vol. 2, No. 4, November, pp. 277-288 PDF
- Trying to explain the interconnectedness of the Internet to your parents/grand-parents? The Internet Revealed Disclaimer: this is very IXP-centric, funded as it is by Euro-IX, the body representing a big bunch of IXPs. Trivia: LINX (London IXP) has been the worlds largest IXP by traffic, customers, and peerings).
- Andrew D. Birrell and Bruce Jay Nelson, "Implementing remote procedure calls", ACM Transactions on Computer Systems 2(1), 1984, (PDF)
- David Tennenhouse, "Layered Multiplexing Considered Harmful", Protocols for High-Speed Networks, Rudin and Williamson (Editors), NorthHolland, Amsterdam, 1989 (PDF)
Topic 2 - Applications
- Varnish is a front-facing cache. Poul-Henning Kamp is it's primary author/architect, he wrote this interesting piece on VM, not specifically relevant for CompNet but certainly relevant to
- Tim Berners Lee's machine at CERN
- DNS Measurements at a Root Server
- Skype post-mortem on their December 2010 outage
Topic 3 - Transport
A quicktime video of (Monday/Wednesday 21st/23rd of Feb) presentation is available HERE Notes about the movie are available here. You may wish to open two browsers: one for the movie and one for the notes.
- Sally Floyd and Van Jacobson, "The Syncronization of Period Routing Messages", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2(2), p. 122-136, April 1994. (PDF)
- Vern Paxson and Sally Floyd, "Wide-Area Traffic: The Failure of Poisson Modeling", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 3(3), 1995 (PDF)
- Van Jacobson and Michael J. Karels, "Congestion Aviodance and Control", (PDF) slightly revised version of Jacobson, V. Congestion avoidance and control. In Proceedings of SIGCOMM 88 ( Stanford, CA, Aug. 1988), ACM.
Topic 4 - Networks
- Following on from How do we size buffers in the Internet? Jim Getty'sBuffer Bloat page. Buffer bloat project page.
- IPv4 address space is virtually exhausted..... news at 11; lecture material around Topic 4. This web page points to many of the "the Internet is about to end.... Doom I tell you....." gadgets and pages on the Internet.
The Day The Routers Died...from RIPE 55 network operators meetings in 2007.
- Internet Kill Switch
- IPv6 is still broken, or missing, in most vendors' consumer network gear
- A Few of my favorite things Delightful video by the people at CAIDA while a little dated, the issues of bad decisions, bad law and the simple wonder of the Internet carry on.
Topic 5 - Data-Link (Media Access) and Physical
- R Metcalfe and D Boggs, "Ethernet: Distributed Packet Switching for Local Computer Networks", ACM Computer Systems, 1976. (PDF)
Topic 6 - Data Centers
- Luiz Barroso ISCA 2011 Keynote "Warehouse-Scale computing: Entering the Teenage Decade" (ACM website)
Excited by Computer Networking?
Then you may want to consider a UROP or a project (or both), perhaps one based our networking kit --- I'm particularly keen for people that wish to do NetFPGA, based projects.
Impress your (geeky) friends - how many of them will have done real work at 10Gbps?