Spring 2005

CSE398: Network Systems Design


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Lecture Schedule (Including links to class notes & slides)
Homework (due on Monday before the class)
Lab Projects

Liang Cheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Office hours: Tuesdays from 12 PM to 3 PM
( Appointments other than office hours have to be requested by email with the subject of appointment explained. )
Packard Lab 326
Phone: (610) 758-5941
URL: http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/~cheng/
Email: cheng@cse.lehigh.edu

Lab Co-Advisor:
Dale Parson, Ph.D., dparson@agere.com, Agere Systems, Inc.

Monday and Wednesday, 13:10-14:25, Maginnes Hall 110, January 17 - April 29, 2005

Course Description:
This course discusses the design and implementation of network systems such as Ethernet switches and Internet routers. The course covers design principles and issues of traditional protocol processing systems and network processor technology.
Packet processing, protocol processing, classification and forwarding, switching fabrics, network processors, and network systems design tradeoffs.

Prerequisites by topics:
CSE342 (Fundamentals of Internetworking) or CSE/ECE404 (Computer Networks), or Instructors' permission.

          D. Comer, Network Systems Design using Network Processors, Agere Version, Prentice Hall, October 2004, ISBN: 0131489275

Grading: (subject to change)
Homeworks: 20%
Midterm: 20%
Lab projects: 30%
Final exam: 30%

All exams are open book.

Submitting Work:
You should submit your work through the Blackboard course website. Your submission should be plain text (ASCII), a Microsoft Word file, or a PDF file. Any other format will not be accepted, unless you arrange for
an exception ahead of time due to special circumstances.
Homework assignments will be graded primarily for completeness and correctness.
No late hand-in homework will be accepted. Exceptions will only be granted if an extenuating circumstance can be proven to the instructor¡¯s satisfaction.

Collaboration / Academic Honesty:
All graded work is expected to be your own, unless the instructor has authorized collaboration in writing. In particular, you are not allowed to ask anyone but the instructor for help with your homework assignments. However, you are free to discuss the topics and concepts of the course with your classmates, as long as you do not discuss the specifics of any assignment. Any violation of this policy could result in failure of the course.

Please visit the following two websites and read all details of the academic integrity policy: Academic Integrity at Lehigh University: http://www.lehigh.edu/~indost/integrity.html and Improper Collaboration Policy: http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejk0/cheating.html. Another website about Ante-Plagiarism.

Academic Accommodations:
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodations, please contact your professor and the Office of Academic Services, Room 212, University Center or call (610-758-4152) as early as possible in the semester. University policy states that you must notify your professor seven (7) days prior to the exams.

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