Fall 2020 - CMPT 771 G100

Computer Networks (3)

Class Number: 6677

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM

    Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM



Investigates the design and operation of wide-area computer networks, especially the Internet and the TCP/IP protocol suite. This course studies performance modeling, security and quality of service; wireless connectivity and multimedia networking; network services, including recent topics and trends in these areas.


In this course, we study the global network of networks: the Internet. We study the structure of the Internet as well as the TCP/IP protocol suit that enables it to scale to millions of hosts across the globe. We explore the services and capabilities offered by the current Internet as well as its inherent limitations. We will also examine the new generation of Internet-powered applications/services, e.g., cloud computing, social networking, sensor networking, green computing, 3G/4G?5G wireless mobile networking and beyond.


  • Review of Networking Basics
  • Multimedia Networking
  • QoS Support: Scheduling, Queing, Architectures, Protocols
  • Wireless Networks
  • Overlays and Peer to Peer Computing, Content Distribution Networks
  • TCP Performance Modelling, Efficient Implementation of High-speed TCP/IP stack
  • Recent advances in networking (data center, cloud, social networking, advanced wireless etc.)


  • Course participation 15%, Assignment 25%, Survey and presentation 30%, Project 30%



Reference Books

  • Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition, Peterson and Davie, Morgan Kaufman, 9780123850591
  • Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7th Edition, Kurose and Rose, Addison Wesley, 2017, 9780133594140
  • Fundamentals of Multimedia, 2nd Edition, Li, Ze-Nian, Drew, Mark S., Liu, Jiangchuan , Springer, 2014, 978-3-319-05290-8

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).