Instructor: Chen Qian <cqian12 at>, Office: E2-231

Class meeting time: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30PM-03:05PM


Classroom: Engineer 2 192

Office hours: Monday 2:00pm - 3:00pm or by appointment

Teaching Assistants:

Xin Li <xli178 at>

Huazhe Wang <hwang137 at >

TA Office hour: Monday 11am - 12pm BE-118, or by appointment


Course Focus 

This course provides an overview and study of graduate-level computer networking topics, Includes network models and switching techniques; medium access control protocols and local area networks; error control and retransmission strategies; routing algorithms and protocols; congestion control mechanisms and end-to-end protocols; application-level protocols; and application of concepts to wireless and wireline networks, with emphasis on both the Internet and emerging types of networks.

Course Prerequisites 

Undergraduate Computer Network course (CMPE150 or equivalence)

Textbook (Recommended)

1. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach

Additional research papers will be used as reading material

Academic Honesty And Integrity 

In recent years, there has been an increased number of academic integrity violation incidents in many UC campuses, and unfortunately, UCSC is no exception. The School of Engineering has a zero tolerance policy for any incident of academic dishonesty. If cheating occurs, they will result in academic sanctions in the context of the course, and in addition, every case of academic dishonesty is referred to the students' college Provost, who then sets the disciplinary sanctions. Cheating in any part of the course may lead to failing the course and suspension or dismissal from the University.

What is cheating? In short, it is presenting someone else's work as your own. Examples would include copying another student's written or electronic homework assignment, or allowing your own work to be copied. Although you may discuss problems with fellow students, when you submit an assignment with your name on it, it is assumed it is your own work. If you use ideas or text from others, you MUST cite your sources and give credit to whoever contributed to your work.

If there are any questions on what constitutes academic integrity violations, please make sure to talk to the instructor and/or the TAs for clarification. You are also referred to for additional information on UCSC's academic integrity policies and UC Santa Cruz Academic Misconduct Policy for Undergraduates,


 Disability Resource Center (DRC) Resource

UC Santa Cruz is committed to creating an academic environment that supports its diverse student body. If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations to achieve equal access in this course, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me privately during my office hours or by appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. At this time, I would also like us to discuss ways we can ensure your full participation in the course. I encourage all students who may benefit from learning more about DRC services to contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089, or by email at 

Grading Rubric     
Category Percent
Course Project 40%
Midterm 25%
Reading reports 10%
Survey study 25%


There are around 10 research papers for the instructor/TA to present in total. You should submit no fewer than 5 reading reports.

Each report will be graded as a check- (1pt), check (1.5pt), or check+ (2pt). 

You may submit more but we only count the 5 reports with highest grades. 


Schedule (Tentative) 

Some slides are revised from the ones by Kurose/Ross and Simon Lam.

Date Topic Readings

Lecture Notes 

9.28 General class information

Personal Responsibility 

Cheating Quiz


Application layer and DHT

 Kurose Book C2, Paper [1]



Network layer and routing

 Kurose Book C4&5 slides
10.10 Link layer and data center networks

 Kurose Book C6, Paper [2]


Software defined networking and OpenFlow

(Dr. Qian leaves for the IEEE ICNP conference 

Huazhe Wang will lecture the class)

 Kurose Book C4&5, Paper [3] slides

Cloud and Network functions virtualization

(Dr. Qian leaves for the ACM MobiCom conference

Xin Li will lecture the class)

Paper [4] slides
10.19 No Class    

 Wireless and Mobile networking  

Self-defined project proposal due

 Kurose Book C7 slides
10.26  Wireless and sensor network routing   Paper [5], Paper [7] slides
10.31  Network security  Paper [8] or Paper [9] slides
11.2  Internet of Things and RFID systems   Paper [10] or Paper [11] slides
11.7  IoT security  Paper [12] or Paper [13] slides
11.9  Network topology  Paper [14] or Paper [15] slides
11.14  Virtual coordinates  Paper [16] slides
11.16  Algorithmic tool: Delaunay triangulation  Paper [6] and (optional)Paper [17] slides

 Algorithmic tool: Erasure coding and network coding

  Survey report due

 Paper [18] and (optional)Paper [19] slides
11.28  Midterm Exam     
11.30  Algorithmic tool: Bloom filter Paper [21] slides 
12.5  Algorithmic tool: Cuckoo and Othello hashing [22] and [23] slides
12.7  Algorithmic tool: Blockchain Paper [24] slides
12.11  Project due