6.829 Computer Networks (H)
Networking Ad Infinitum
Lecturer: : H. Balakrishnan
Lecturer's Rating: 6.5/7.0
6.042, understanding of computer network basics, background with distributed
systems and communications, C/C++, Unix, algorithms, statistics
Response rate: 26 out of 56
Overall Rating: 5.8/7.0
Term Evaluated: Fall 2003
This class is recommended for graduate students
who are interested in networking research or who still have to pass the TQE.
Students should be aware that the class involves a lot work. They should
also try to do the readings before lecture.
6.829 covered state-of-the-art network research, including wireless and P2P. There was a good balance of theory and application.
- Amazing lecturer
- Lecture notes
- Hands-on UNIX hacking
- Cutting-edge research ideas
- Long problem sets
- Too many papers to read
- Scope of subject too broad
- Fast pace of subject
- Not all lectures had notes
The students enrolled, mostly graduate students and seniors,
took this class to fulfill MEng and TQE requirements. Many also took it because
it dealt with interesting material and provided a good overview of networking.
Lecturer H. Balakrishnan
(6.5/7.0, 26 responses) gave excellent lectures that were engaging. Balakrishnan
was a talented teacher, with a knack for covering material efficiently. Sometimes,
he spoke, wrote, and moved in lecture at a dizzying speed; it would be helpful
if he slowed down.
TA B. Leong (5.2/7.0, 11 responses) taught recitations and was very accessible and helpful.
TA J. Jung (5.5/7.0, 4 responses) and TA A. Yip
(5.3/7.0, 4 responses) taught recitations and were generally well prepared,
but it was apparent that they were teaching for the first time.
The three problem sets took an average of twenty two hours each
to complete. Problem sets were long and required too much grunge work, but
really helped students to learn the material. There was considerable collaborated
on the problems sets even if this only constituted checking answers. It
was considered helpful.
Class notes on various topics were great when they existsed. More
class notes on topics such as wireless networking and overlays would have
Grades were based on three problem sets (25%), quizzes (30%),
the project (40%), and participation (5%). Exams were comprehensive, long,
and demanded a very good understanding of concepts, but they were fair. Students
commented that the exams could have been more conceptual and less detail-oriented.
"So much work"
"The TAs were mostly organized, though it showed that they were giving recitations for the first time."
"Hari is awesome, I want to marry him!"
Dated: February 02, 2004
Eta Kappa Nu, MIT