IK2204 Advanced Internetworking 9.0 credits

Avancerad internetteknik

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

Level: Advanced

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Information Technology
    Information and Communication Technology
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 20.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will get a deep understanding of layer 2 and layer 3 protocols and hands-on experience in setting up and operating TCP/IP networks.

This means that, after the course, students will be able to:

* describe the functionality of devices and explain design principles of protocols at the link and network layers (such as brigdes/switches, spanning tree, routers, link-state routing protocols, multicast, address structures).

* critically evaluate existing as well as new communication protocols designs in general and link and network layer protocols in particular, using technical considerations such as scalability, robustness, and manageability as a basis of comparison.

* based on general principles and studies of different protocol standards (such as IP, Appletalk, IPX, CLNP, OSPF) compare and describe advantages and disadvantages of different protocol designs.

* design, configure, and operate a TCP/IP network, and to provide TCP/IP services to end-users, using primarily PC hardware and Unix. Students will be able to set up and describe how the following services work:

- dynamic address assigment (DHCP)

- interior routing protocols

- domain name system (DNS)

- TCP/IP application servers, such as mail and web

Course main content

This course focuses on network and link layer communication protocols, and the emphasis is on the generic mechanisms at these two layers. To get a deeper understanding of these mechanisms we evaluate and compare the design of different protocols, i.e., not only Ethernet and TCP/IP. To further illustrate these principles and get hands-on experience the course contains a set of lab assignments and a project.


Required: Knowledge in computer communications.
For instance a course in Internetworking ( e.g., 2G1305 or 2G1507).
Recommended: Experience of working in Unix environments.


Interconnections, Second Edition, Radia Perlman

Upplaga: 2nd edition Förlag: Addison Wesley År: 2000

ISBN: 0201634481


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP1 - Assignments, 3.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

The course is divided into three parts, and to receive a final grade "pass" all three parts must be approved:
* Written exam (A-F)
* Laborations (Pass/Fail)
* Project assignment (Pass/Fail)
The final degree is based on the result of the written exam.
To receive grade "pass", the student should be able to describe and explain design principles for communication protocols dealt with during the course, as well as be able to apply these protocols in real TCP/IP networks.
To receive a higher grade, the student should also be able to critically evaluate and assess different communication procols as well as be able to compare and explain advantages and disadvantages with various protocol designs.

Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems


Hidell, Markus



Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.