Data Communication Networks OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Class on Data Communication Networks

Published Feb 15, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) free 'Data Communication Networks' OpenCourseWare covers the architecture and operations of data networks. This course is designed for students pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering.

Data Communication Networks: Course Specifics

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Data Communication Networks: Course Description

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in Cambridge, MA, offers a graduate level course on the fundamental structure of data networks. Students are urged to examine not only current networks, but also to formulate new, next-generation data networks. The course begins with framing, error detection and ARQ protocols of the data link layer. Students are introduced to queuing theory, Burke's Theorem , networks of queues, reservations systems and M/G/1 queues with priority. The course also offers advanced coverage of local area networks, fast packet switching, broadcast routing, optimal routing and flow and congestion control. Additionally, students look at higher-level protocols, such as TCP, IP and ATM. Professor Dr. Eytan Modiano teaches this course. To complete the course, students must have an Internet connection, access to the required readings and a background in advanced math and probability theory.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, problem sets and downloadable course materials. Those interested in this free course should visit the Data Communication Networks course page.

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