Welcome to 14-740 / 04-641
14-740 (and 04-641) is a graduate-level, first-course in computer and telecommunication networks. There is no prerequisite of an undergraduate equivalent, but basic computer, programming and probability theory background is required. The primary objective of this course is for you to learn the fundamental principles underlying computer and telecommunication networks. Using a top-down approach, we will cover topics in the application, transport, network and link layers of the protocol stack. We will also go over advanced topics, including network management, traffic engineering and router internals. Besides learning about the nuts and bolts, you will gain an understanding in engineering tradeoffs made and design principles used in computer and telecommunication networks. Another objective is for you to apply some of this knowledge in the context of systems projects.
In addition to many students at the Pittsburgh campus, we also have students taking this course in Kobe, Japan and Kigali, Rwanda. Due to the associated time zone differences, there will be two lectures given from Pittsburgh for each lesson. The Mon/Wed 7:30pm (Pgh time) lecture is video-conferenced with the Kobe campus. The Tue/Thurs 10:30am lecture is video-conferenced with the Kigali campus. Pittsburgh students are welcome to attend either lecture.