Supported by InCNTRE at Indiana University

Summer of Networking is now for academic credit!

Update on Indiana University’s summer of Networking Program for 2014


Steven Wallace describes the final project for Y790 and Y390, two classes in the hands-on portion of the 2014 Summer of Networking (SoN) program. Wallace is a SoN program leader and the executive director of InCNTRE at Indiana University. Keep an eye on this space for additional updates.

The 2014 Summer of Networking program will be offered as two for-credit classes through the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing in Bloomington, Indiana.  Individuals who are not currently IU students can enroll in the class as a non-degree-seeking student (see links below). 

The courses will be held June 23 – August 1st, during the second six week summer session.  Brief descriptions are below.  The topics class is primarily a lecture class focused on WiFi issues at scale, considerations in high-speed national and international networking, and approaches to network security. It will lay the groundwork for the research class. The research class will be a group development effort focused on answering difficult questions based on an extensive datasets from an enterprise-scale WiFi system.

If you are already an IU student, you may register for these classes as you would for any other summer session class. If you are not currently an IU student, you may register for these classes as either a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student.  

More information on becoming a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student available at these links:

Undergraduate Non-degree Program

Contact: or call (812) 855-7797

Graduate Non-degree Program

Contact: or call (812) 856-4503



B649, class number 15665, graduate level, or

B490, class number 15664, undergraduate level

Meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor permission is required.  Contact


The topics course will begin with a series of presentations about WiFi to lay the conceptual groundwork for the corresponding research classes (Y390 and Y790). The course will introduce most of the layer two aspects of WiFi and contrast with wired Ethernet.  Real-world operational issues that occur in large-scale enterprise WiFi and wired Ethernet networks will be discussed Additional topics will be introduced including challenges in layer 2 and 3 networking at scale, network security, and high-speed national and international networking issues.  This class will not go cover RF engineering in any detail.

Students will begin the semester by choosing a personal research topic and having it improved by the instructor.  The student will 1) research the topic, 2) write a white paper explaining the chosen technology and discussing current issues and tools related to the topic, and 3) prepare and present a poster covering the main concepts in the paper.



Y790, Graduate Level, or

Y390 Undergraduate Level

Meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Instructor permission is required as is enrollement in the appropriate topics course.


Students will be given datasets reflecting a modern large-scale controller-based WiFi system.  They will be presented with challenging questions that might be answered by creation of software to perform the data manipulation. Students will create a web page that simulates an operations-oriented dashboard working with live data.

The class will standardize on Python as the development environment. Students will be expected to have programming experience but not necessarily have knowledge of Python. R will be used for data visualization. Students will be expected to have taken an introductory networking class. The textbook Computer Networking – A Top-Down Approach, 6th Edition by Kurose & Ross would be recommended for students requiring a refresher on basic network technologies.



Please note that this program has transitioned from internship to academic program.  All applicants must be registered IU students, but do not need to be degree seeking.  Although registration is open until classes begin, class size is limited and students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Once you have an IU email address, please send email to to request instructor approval.  

Program Details

June 23 - August 1, 2014

These dates coinside with IU's second six week summer session.  Click here for more information on deadlines for summer semester.

Registration going on NOW!

Apply as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking IU student at either the graduate or undergraduate level. 

For instructor approval, contact:



Testimonials from the pilot NSF Internship program. 

"You have all the gear. You have all the tools. You can see it in practice. If you want to try something, you have servers that run VMs and you can set up whatever environment you want to set up. And you can try any configuration you want to try. It’s really cool.”

John Meylor
2011 InCNTRE Summer of Networking Intern

Watch the video to see former interns speak about the valuable experiences they gained during the Summer of Networking.

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Financial Aid

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Partial and full scholarship availablity . . . TBD . . . updates will be posted here.




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Resident and Nonresident status as it relates to fees

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