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November 18, 2017
Assignment 6 is posted and due prior to 6:40pm on Monday, November 27. As with the previous assignment, you will need to allot some time to watch a video (30 mins) and read a paper (about five pages) and two short articles.
November 3, 2017
Reminder: exam 2 takes place on Monday. As for exam 1, you can find info to help you study here:
  • Exam info
  • Past exams
  • Study guide
  • Lecture & recitation notes
  • October 30, 2017
    If you did not pick up your exam 1, I'll bring them to class today. A review of exam 1 is posted on the old exams page. The class average was 72.3, with grades ranging from 50 to 96. The standard deviation on the exam was 12.79. Approximate grade ranges were: C: ≥ 55, C+: ≥ 61, B: ≥ 67, B+: ≥ 74, A: ≥ 80.
    October 26, 2017
    Assignment 5 is posted and due prior to 6:40pm next Wednesday. You will need to allot some time to watch a video (30 mins) and read a paper (9.5 pages).
    October 21, 2017
    I added more detail to the pseudocode in Assignment 4. You should plot your output as megabytes per second. You need not necessarily transfer a gigabyte. That's just to ensure enough messages so you can get a reasonable long-term average. If it's taking too long, use a smaller size. If it's way too quick, use a larger value.
    October 16, 2017
    An astutue student noticed a typo in the Assignment 4 writeup. The headings for the pseudocode were swapped: the client is the piece that sends messages to the server, which consumes them. I've updated the writeup.
    October 13, 2017
    Assignment 4 is posted and due prior to 6:40pm in a little over two weeks: Monday, October 30. It's a short programming assignment but start early so you have time to prepare the report.
    October 11, 2017
    There will be no recitation today. However, Assignment 3 is posted and due prior to 6:40pm next Wednesday. You will need to allot some time to watch a video and read a paper.
    October 7, 2017
    I forgot to add IP multicast to the list of topics. It's there now and the study guide is cleaned up a bit. If you spot any typos or unclear sentences, please let me know.
    October 6, 2017
    I made slight changes to the list of topics and expanded the introductory section in the study guide. I also added a writeup on the precision time protocol (PTP) in case you'd like to follow an example to see that there's no magic there. You don't need to know the formula for the exam but you should understand how it works. I also posted Wednesday's recitation notes.
  • Exam info
  • Past exams
  • Study guide
  • Lecture & recitation notes
  • October 4, 2017
    Tonight's recitation will review the first two assignments and cover selected questions from past exams.
    Be sure to turn in your homework before 6:40pm. Late submissions will not be accepted. Also, be sure to submit plain text or pdf files. Word, Pages, or InDesign documents will not be accepted.
    October 4, 2017
    The first exam will take place on Monday. To help you prepare, please check:
  • Exam info
  • Past exams
  • Study guide
  • Lecture & recitation notes
  • I may make small changes to the list of topics and will update the study guide slightly over the next couple of days.
    September 29, 2017
    Assignment 2 is posted and due next week prior to recitation. Please pay attention to the due date and time. Late submissions will not be accepted. Also, please remember that the only submissions that will be accepted must be plain text or pdf files or HTML within sakai. If you submit a Word or Pages document, you will get no credit.
    September 21, 2017
    I have received mail from several students asking about quizzes or informing me that they were late to class. Please read my class policy carefully to ensure you understand what is expected of you.
    September 20, 2017
    Assignment 1 is posted and due next week. Please pay attention to the due date and time. Late submissions will not be accepted. Also, please remember that the only submissions that will be accepted must be plain text or pdf files or HTML within sakai. If you submit a Word or Pages document, you will get no credit.
    September 5, 2017
    Since we did not have our first lecture yet, this Wednesday's recitation is canceled.