Internet and Intranet Protocols and Applications
Computer Science Department
Prof. Arthur P. Goldberg
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University
Revision dates: 1/15/00, 2/6/00
Internet and Intranet Protocols and Applications studies the world's
most widely used application level network protocols and software systems.
We study protocols, such as HTTP for the Web , and SMTP, POP3, and
IMAP for email. We consider protocol design issues, especially as
they influence functionality, reliability and performance. We carefully
read protocol specifications, such as the HTTP specification, RFC 2068.
We study the systems which use these protocols, clients and servers.
We also study intermediate systems which enhance performance, such as caching
proxies and content delivery services.
We will examine complex functionality and performance issues, such
as time-out management and high-performance concurrent servers.
Programming assignments ask students to write clients and servers to
the sockets interface. Students write several small programming assignments
and one large project. The large programming project will ask students
to design and implement a load balancing manager as used by content serving
companies such as Akamai and Sandpiper.
Guest lecturers will present current research and practice on some
of the following issues: the design and operation of a database driven
Web site, the design and implementation of the Apache Web server, the design
and operation of a high volume Web-based email system, performance issues
in WWW servers, and Internet security.
The last quarter of the course examines research that enhances internet
and Web performance.
Course home page: http://www.cs.nyu.edu/artg/internet/S00/
Time: Tuesdays, 5-7 PM
Place: Room 109, Warren Weaver Hall
Email beacon: email@example.com
Teaching assistants: Junhua Wang <firstname.lastname@example.org> and
Guangwei Dai <email@example.com>
Office: 715 Broadway, Room 711
Home page: www.cs.nyu.edu/artg/
Office hour: Monday, 12:00 to 1:00, or by appointment
The weekly syllabus, including lecture topics, pointers to slides on-line,
reading assignments and homework assignments are at http://www.cs.nyu.edu/artg/internet/S00/syllabus.html.
W. Richard Stevens, UNIX Network Programming, Volume 1: Networking APIs
- Sockets and XTI, 1240 pages, second edition, Vol 1 (October 1997)
Prentice Hall, ISBN 013490012X.
Comer, D.E. and Stevens, D.L. Internetworking with TCP/IP: Volume
III: Client-Server Programming and Applications, BSD socket version,
Second Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-260969-X, 1996.
Tanenbaum, Andrew S., Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, Third
Edition, ISBN 0-13-349945-6, 1996. Questions.
David A. Curry, UNIX Systems Programming for SVR4, O'Reilly and
Associates, 1st Edition, July 1996, ISBN 1-56592-163-1.
Bob Quinn, Dave Shute, Windows Sockets Network Programming, Addison-Wesley
Advanced Windows Series, 1995, ISBN: 0201633728.
Computer accounts and resources
All students must be able to access the Web and a programming environment.
Any student can obtain an account on the Computer Science department Sun
workstations which will provide such access.
We assign a substantial network programming project. Therefore, students
must know how to design, develop and test substantial programs, at the
level of one of the following graduate courses: C++, Java, Compilers, or
Distributed algorithms. Other courses which make similar demands
would meet this prerequisite. In addition, students must know the fundamentals
of how networks work, as taught in a university level networking course.
This knowledge could also be obtained via some other means, such as work
Course email list
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Assignments and Student Evaluation
The fractional importance of assignments is indicated.
Rules for Working on Assignments
All assignments must be done individually.
Text which you copy from any other source should appear in quotes with
as full a reference to the source as possible. Provide as much of
the following as possible. For a book or magazine article provide
author, title, article title, date, publisher and page. For a Web
page provide URL, date, title, and author. No credit will be awarded
to copies of other work without attribution.
Unless stated otherwise in the assignment, at least 2/3 of any homework
or exam answer must be written in your own words.
Unless stated otherwise in the assignment, all software must be original.
Make your answers legible. We prefer that you type them.
Illegible answers receive no credit.
Grades for late homework are penalized 20% per week, pro rated. Exceptions
will be granted for unusual circumstances.