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02/25: Shifted Controller Scalability to next Tuesday
Andrew will present. B4 paper this Thursday (Charles)
02/19: Classes will permanently change to 410 starting tomorrow
02/04: Class will be in room 410 today

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Quick Summary

  • This is a PhD-level course focusing on the latest advancements in Software Defined Networking and Datacenter Networking
  • Focus on research: read, review and present papers, final mini research project
  • Graduate students or advanced undergrads (with consent of instructor)
  • Not a traditional networking course (not CSCI1680)

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This class is a graduate seminar that focuses on current research topics in networking, distributed, and operating systems. The focus this semester is on advanced networking: datacenter networking and software defined networking.

This course is suitable for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Computer Science or in other disciplines that have a need for large-scale computation, such as engineering, biology, geology, among others.

The course will consist of a mix of lectures by the instructor and guests, and presentations by the students, followed by discussions. We will read a good number of papers, and students will write reviews of each paper read, before the class in which the paper is discussed. There will be one or two small assignments to get your warmed up with running your own SDN.

The other major component of the course is a final research project on a topic related to the course. There is considerable flexibility in the topic of the project, with a preference for topics related to the student's own research if applicable. The projects will preferably be done in groups of two. The best projects of the course could be turned into research publications.

  • Lecture time: Tu/Th 10:30-11:50
  • Location: CIT 368 (for now)


Rodrigo Fonseca

Office: CIT 329, OH by appointment