5590, Fall 2020: Software Defined Networking

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General information

The goal of this course is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills for the emerging and expanding market, to explore opportunities with new research problems.

This course assumes a basic familiarity with networking concepts. The course will consist of a reading/lecture/discussion component and an optional project component. The class will cover approximately 50 research papers on various aspects of SDN. These papers will introduce students to the basic computing principles on which SDN are based. In addition, these papers will cover recent proposals to change the way communications networks are managed, maintained, and secured. You will hear real-world stories from giants like Google and rising stars like VMware. You will also investigate the wonderful engines that are driving SDN: computing principles and disciplines borrowed from operating system, programming language, distributed system, and, database research.



A grade of C- or better in CIS 2168 and either CIS 2107 or CIS 2229. These may not be taken concurrently.


Attendance is required.


All decisions on appeals for enrolling in the course are made by CIS Department advising staff. The course staff have no say in the matter. If you have any questions on such matters, please see your adviser.

Leaving the course

The last day to drop the course is September 8. The last day to withdraw is December 7. These are strict deadlines. Incompletes will only be given in the rarest of circumstances.

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Special needs

Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at (215)204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

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