This course addresses some fundamental topics in computer and telecommunication networks such as routing, congestion, multicast, integrated services, ... that are not covered in other courses on networking.
Specific topics may change from year to year, and efforts are made to keep the course in line with advances in networking, and with "hot topics," while, at the same time, maintaining it with a general enough perspective so as to avoid tecnicalities and "a la mode" approaches.
Mathematics is used as needed, specially for topics in congestion control, but in general no advanced math is necessary. Students are required not to frighten in front of an integral or a derivative, and some basic notions of frequency, transmission speed, and lienar algebra to understand simple coding techniques are useful. Probability and stochastic manipulation should be common background of all scientists ... including computer scientist, so if you do not know what is a random variable or a stochastic process, or if you are puzzled by the words "Markov Chain", or finally you think that a Poisson Arrivals may poison you, well, seriously think about studying some fundamentals. A good and easy-to-read book on these topics, covering all we need and more is: "Kishor Trivedi, Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queuing, and Computer Science Applications, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 2001".
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