CMSC 23300/33300 Networks and Distributed Systems
Winter 2014

Lecturer: Borja Sotomayor
E-mail: borja AT cs DOT uchicago DOT edu
Office: Ryerson 151
Office hours: After class and by appointment.

TA: Zhihao Lou
E-mail: zhlou AT uchicago DOT edu
Office: Zoology 111
Office hours: TBD

Lectures: TuTh 12:00-1:20 in Ryerson 251

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Course Description

This course focuses on the principles and techniques used in the development of networked and distributed software. Topics include programming with sockets; concurrent programming; data link layer (Ethernet, packet switching, etc.); internet and routing protocols (IP, IPv6, ARP, etc.); end-to-end protocols (UDP, TCP); and other commonly used network protocols and techniques. This is a project-oriented course in which students are required to develop software in C on a UNIX environment.

By the end of this course, students should be able to...

In a nutshell, students will learn how the Internet works. By the end of this course, students should understand everything that happens "under the hood" when (for example) a web page is requested, from the moment you click on a link in your browser to the moment you get the requested page back.

CMSC 15400 and a working knowledge of the C programming language are strict prerequisites of this course. Students who have not taken CMSC 15400 must speak with the instructor to ascertain that they meet the prerequisites for this course.


This course has no required textbooks. The suggested text for this course are

Both are available for purchase from the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.