Today, I registered for the on-line course, Introduction to Computer Networks, presented by Stanford University.
The class, which starts on October 8, is a massive open online course. One of the instructors, Nick McKeown, co-founded and sold three technology companies of which the most notable is Nicara, which focused on Software Defined Networks. So, I hope that, even though this is an introductory course, we will get some unique insights from this distinguished professor and/or a different way of looking at this topic.
Professor McKeown is probably doing this because he wants to present this topic in a new way. At least, I hope he is. He definitely does not need to do it for the money because Nicara sold for over 1.5 billion dollars. So, I am looking forward to the experience of seeing a familiar (to me) topic presented by a visionary like Professor McKeown.
Stanford is a university closely associated with many Silicon Valley success stories and is also a pioneer in on-line training. It is a major contributor to the new concept of Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow, which some people think will be the “next big thing” in networking and is also the home of the Clack Graphical Router and the VNS project, both of which are open-source network simulators that I am interested to try. I hope they will be used in the course so I can personally experience how a world-class professor uses these tools to teach networking in a virtual-class environment.
I will try to “blog” the class, similar to the way Slate.com blogged Stanford’s famous Machine Learning class last year. We will see how that goes.