Computer Networking - Spring 2020
Instructors: Antonio Carzaniga
Assistants: Pietro Bressana
Type of course:
Lecture hours and rooms:
Monday and Wednesday 10:30-12:30 in SI-003
(2nd year weekly schedule
Instructors' Office Hours:
Assistants' Office Hours:
The goal of this course is twofold: first we want to understand how
common distributed applications, such as the world-wide web, use a
computer network such as the Internet. Second, we want to understand
how the network provides its services to applications. The knowledge
acquired through this course should serve as a basis for the design of
distributed applications and for advanced studies in computer
The focus of the course is on the architecture of the network, its
fundamental protocols, and the design principles behind them. The
course will follow a top-down approach. Therefore, the first topics
covered will be common network-based applications, with a particular
focus on the HTTP protocol. We will then look at the two most
important transport protocols of the Internet, namely TCP and UDP. In
studying TCP we will discuss its provisions for reliability and
congestion control. We will then look more closely at the network
layer in IP networks. In this section we will study IPv4 as well as
IPv6 and its most common extensions. This section of the course will
cover the architecture of today's Internet, including addressing and
the basics of interdomain and intradomain routing. The course will
also review the basics of link-layer and Wireless networking, as well
as some basic concepts in network and communication security.
Additional information is available on the following pages.
- Policies - including evaulation
criteria and communications.
- Program - detailed course program.
- Schedule - including class schedule,
topics, reading assignments, and links to additional course material.
- Announcements - all communications will be
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- Exercises - a collection of exam
questions and exercises.