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Fall 2013-2014
ELE 381 / COS 381  

Networks: Friends, Money and Bytes

Mung Chiang

This course is oriented around 20 practical questions in the social, economic, and technological networks in our daily lives. How does Google sell ad spaces and rank webpages? How does Netflix recommend movies and Amazon rank products? How do I influence people on Facebook and Twitter? Why doesn't the Internet collapse under congestion, and does it have an Achilles heel? Why does each gigabyte of mobile data cost $10, but Skype is free? How come WiFi is slower at hotspots than at home, and what is inside the cloud of iCloud? In formulating and addressing these questions, we introduce the fundamental concepts behind the networking industry.

Sample reading list:
Chiang, M., 20 Questions About Networked Life

Reading/Writing assignments:
Homework assignments, a midterm, and final examination.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Design Project - 30%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Knowledge of calculus and linear algebra..

Website:  http://www.network20q.com

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21365 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Engineering Quad E-Wing   E225   Enrolled:13 Limit:25