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Primo Semestre

Training objectives

The course provides basic principles on communication networks and Internet.

The principal knowledge acquired regard network architecture (particularly up to level 4), queue systems, retransmission strategies, multiple access methods, routing algorithms, and internetworking.

At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the design requirements for a data network and analyze its behavior.


Basic knowledge from
- calculus and probability theory
- algorithms

Course programme

- Geographycal and topological classification of data networks
- Network architecture (ISO/OSI model)P
- Circuit and packet switching
- Information protection (FEC and ARQ techniques)
- Multiple access methods (including TDMA, FDMA, Aloha, Slotted Aloha, CSMA)
- Networks of queueing systems
- Routing algorithms (including Dijkstra, Bellman-Ford, and distance vector)
- Flow control end-to-end and hop-by-hop
- Briefs on data transmission standards (including Ethernet, WiFi, WiMax)
- Internetworking: repeater, hub, bridge, switch, router
- Introduction to Internet and its services
- Network virtualization

Didactic methods

The course consists of lessons from the instructor in class for all the arguments. For each argument theory will be followed by exercises. Additional exercises can be offered for individual study.

Learning assessment procedures

The examination is organized to allow the verification of knowledge learned with respect to the course program.

The examination can be done according to the two following methodologies.
- During the class period: two or three classworks allowing the distributed verification of the acquired knowledge on all arguments of the course.
- Outside the class period: oral exam consisting of typically three questions spanning over the topics of the course.

The exam can be done in English.

The positive outcome of the examination shows the acquisition of knowledge and abilities specified in the course objectives.

Reference texts

G. Mazzini, "Reti di Telecomunicazioni"

Other useful references:
A.S. Tanenbaum, "Computer Networks"
F. Halsall, "Networking e Internet"
A. Pattavina, Internet e Reti Fondamenti