Computer Networking

About This Course

Computer Networking is a part of the Georgia Tech Online Masters Degree. Taking this course here will not earn credit towards the OMS degree. This course covers advanced topics in Computer Networking such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Data Center Networking and Content Distribution. The course is divided into three parts: Part 1 is about the implementation, design principles and goals of a Computer Network and touches upon the various routing algorithms used in CN (such as link-state and distance vector). Part 2 talks about resource control and content distribution in Networking Applications. It covers Congestion Control and Traffic Shaping. Part 3 deals with the operations and management of computer networks encompassing SDN's (Software Defined Networks), Traffic Engineering and Network Security.

Why Take This?

Want to build on your Computer Networking knowledge or move into Network Engineering positions such as Systems Admin, Network Admin or Technical Operations (WebOps)? If so, this is the class for you. Computer Networking takes a hands-on approach to teaching very technical material, using Mininet (a network emulator) to show you how a computer network functions, what factors contribute to its efficiency and how to overcome inherent limitations. You will build your own network topologies and learn about some cutting-edge technologies.

Prerequisites and Requirements

The ideal preparation for this course would be the successful completion of an undergraduate level Computer Networking course. An understanding of the TCP/IP protocol and the its layer model is recommended. Basic knowledge of python (such as through Intro to Computer Science) is required. You should be comfortable with the implementation of basic search algorithms and a working knowledge of Linux and virtual machines is recommended.
This is an advanced Computer Networking course that delves into the latest concepts and tools used by the CN industry.