This course focuses on communication protocols for the Internet, and the emphasis is on the generic mechanisms at the layers of the TCP/IP stack. To get a deeper understanding of these mechanisms we evaluate and compare the design of different protocols. To further illustrate these principles and get hands-on experience the course contains a set of lab assignments and a project. To gain insight into the research withing the field, a set of selected scientific papers will be studied.
Intended learning outcomes *
After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
o based on general principles and study of different protocol standards be able to explain and compare advantages and disadvantages of different protocol designs. o critically evaluate current as well as new protocols designs in general and network layer protocols in particular, using technical considerations such as scalability, robustness, and manageability as a basis of comparison. o design, set up and operate a TCP/IP network, and to provide TCP/IP services to end-users, using primarily PC hardware and Unix. You will also be able to describe how interior routing protocols, dynamic address assignment, and the domain name system work, and set up intradomain routing, DNS and DHCP services, and TCP/IP application servers such as mail and web. o present and discuss current research problems and results within the topics included in the course. o give examples of and explain social, ethical, and environmental aspects of sustainable development within the area of communication systems.
The course consists of four parts: a series of lectures, laborations, a project assignment, and a state-of-the-art report.
The lectures cover the theoretical background behind the various topics we cover in the course. The labs will give you experience of applying the theoritecal concepts in practice. The purpose of the project assignment is to give you hands-on experience on how to set up a more complex ISP (Internet Service Provider) network. You will work together in groups in a project to learn about and to demonstrate how to design and configure an ISP network, including different services. Each student will be required to write an individual paper summary (evaluation) of a set of assigned scientific papers.
Literature and preparations
Specific prerequisites *
A basic course in communication and networks (such as IK1203) or similar.
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Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
Grading scale *
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade *
For final grade, the following is required: passing all labs, passing the project assignment, and an approved state-of-the-art summary based on the assigned scientific papers.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination