The Networked Systems program provides education and research opportunities to graduate students in the areas of computer networks and telecommunication networks. Networked Systems include telephone networks, cable TV networks, cellular phone networks, and the Internet, as well as other emerging networks.
Networked Systems are inherently interdisciplinary. By their design, they connect devices such as computer and phones using communications methods. Networked Systems therefore must address the combination of software, hardware, and communications.
As a result, the Networked Systems area spans traditional departmental boundaries. At a minimum, the area draws heavily from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. At UCI, these areas are housed in two Schools, ICS and HSSOE. The Networked Systems program unites the strengths of these two Schools and provides more integrated M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in this area.
Networked Systems is an educational degree program. It is not a separate department. Faculty from both the Computer Science (CS) and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) departments with research interests in networking guide the program.
Networked Systems graduate students take core courses, breadth courses, and concentration courses. The core courses are taken by all Networked Systems students and form a foundation for networking topics. The breadth courses can be selected from technical courses (including distributed systems, algorithms, data structures, operating systems, databases, random processes, and linear systems) and management and applications of technology (including educational technology, management of information technology, and social impact). The concentration courses can be selected from a long list including courses on networks, performance, middleware, communications, and operations research. Additional detail can be found on the Networked Systems M.S. and Ph.D. degrees page.
The Networked Systems Program grants a M.S. in Networked Systems and a Ph.D. in Networked Systems. Applicants must apply directly to the Networked Systems Program.
As an alternative to the Networked Systems M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, applicants can apply directly to either the CS or EECS departments. In the CS department, graduate students can earn a M.S. and/or Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science with a Concentration in Computer Science . Students in the Concentration in Computer Science typically take courses in networks, algorithms, databases, and other computer science areas. In the EECS department, graduate students can earn a M.S. and/or Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering with either a Concentration in Computers Networks & Distributed Systems (CNDC) or a Concentration in Electrical Engineering (EE). Students in the concentration in CNDC typically take courses in networks, operating systems, algorithms, distributed systems, and other computer engineering areas. Students in the concentration in EE typically take courses in networks, random processes, communications, signal processing, and other electrical engineering areas.