CMSC 23300/33300 Networks and Distributed Systems
Spring 2011

Lecturer: Borja Sotomayor
E-mail: borja AT cs DOT uchicago DOT edu
Office: Searle 209-A
Office hours: Open door policy (see Course Syllabus)

TA: Soner Balkır
E-mail: soner AT uchicago DOT edu
Office: Jones 209
Office hours: Thursdays at 6pm in the Maclab

Lectures: TuTh 1:30-2:50 in Ryerson 251

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Course Description

This course focuses on the principles and techniques used in the development of networked and distributed software. Topics include programming with sockets; concurrent programming; data link layer (Ethernet, packet switching, etc.); internet and routing protocols (IP, IPv6, ARP, etc.); end-to-end protocols (UDP, TCP); and other commonly used network protocols and techniques. This is a project-oriented course in which students are required to develop software in C on a UNIX environment.

By the end of this course, students should be able to...

CMSC 15400 and a working knowledge of the C programming language are strict prerequisites of this course. Students who have not taken CMSC 15400 must speak with the instructor to ascertain that they meet the prerequisites for this course.

For a more detailed description of this course, please read the Course Syllabus.


The required text for this course is Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 4th edition, L. Peterson and B. Davie, Morgan Kaufmann 2007. Available for purchase from the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.

Additional readings of relevant papers will be assigned in class.