Preparation for Lecture 9
Wednesday, March 7th
Read section A of chapter 7. This lecture will introduce you to
computer networks. Networks are interesting both because they are
an important component of most modern computer systems, and
because "systems thinking" plays an important role in how networks
are built. This lecture will teach three important points:
- How computer networks solve the problem of sharing
physical links amongst different communications.
- What network switches do and why they are useful.
- What a best effort network is.