Networks and Protocols
Course: Networks and Protocols (320301)
Instructor: Jürgen Schönwälder
TA: Stefan Markov
Monday 08:15 - 09:30 West Hall 5
Wednesday 14:15 - 15:30 West Hall 5
Start: September 5th, 2005

The course builds on the course Operating Systems and Networks (320202) and discusses protocol designs in more depth in order to enable students to understand the core issues involved in network protocol design. The fundamental algorithms and principles are explained in the context of existing IEEE / Internet protocols in order to demonstrate how fundamental results are used in real-world protocols. This course is recommended for EECS students with a strong interest in communication networks.

Course topics: IEEE 802 networks, Internet protocols, routing algorithms and protocols, flow and congestion control mechanisms, data representation, application layer protocols, remote procedure calls, network security.

Course Materials:
  • A.S. Tanenbaum, "Computer Networks", 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2002
  • W. Stallings, "Data and Computer Communications", 6th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2000
  • F. Halsall, "Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems", 4th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1996
  • C. Huitema, "Routing in the Internet", 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 1999
  • W.R. Stevens, "TCP/IP Illustrated Volume 1: The Protocols", Addison Wesley, 1994.
  • D. Comer, "Internetworking with TCP/IP Volume 1: Principles Protocols, and Architecture", 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2000
  • J.F. Kurose, K.W. Ross, "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet", 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley 2004.
2004-09-05 2004-09-07 Introduction, Lab Session
2004-09-12 2004-09-14 Review of Fundamentals
2004-09-19 2004-09-21 Local Area Networks (Ethernet, Bridges, VLANs)
2004-09-26 2004-09-28 Internet Network Layer (IPv4/IPv6)
2004-09-03 2004-09-05 Internet Routing Protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP)
2004-10-10 2004-10-12 Internet Transport Layer (UDP/TCP)
2004-10-17 2004-10-19 Mid-Term Examination, Packet Filter (BPF), NATs
2004-10-24 2004-10-26 Lab Sessions
2004-10-31 2004-11-02 Internet Application Layer (ASN.1, XDR, ABNF)
2004-11-07 2004-11-09 Lab Sessions
2004-11-14 2004-11-16 Internet Application Layer (DNS, SMTP, IMAP)
2004-11-21 2004-11-23 Internet Application Layer (HTTP, FTP)
2004-11-28 2004-11-30 Remote Procedure Calls (RPC, XML-RPC)
2004-12-05 2004-12-07 Outlook, Exam Preparation

The final grade is made up of the mid-term exam (30 %), the final exam (30 %), biweekly quizzes (20 %) and some homeworks / mini projects (20 %). It is required to submit the solution for programming problems electronically and on paper to the instructor. Late submissions will not be accepted. Homeworks and project work must be defended in an oral interview.

The overall percentage will be converted into IUB grades as follows:

[91-95]1.33Very Good
[86-90]1.67Very Good
[ 0-40]5.00Failing

Any programs which have to be written will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • correctness including proper handling of error conditions
  • proper use of programming language constructs
  • clarity of the program organization and design
  • readability of the source code and any output produced
  • Midterm Exam (open book) (2004-10-17 at 08:15, West Hall, Room 5)
  • Final Exam (open book) (2004-12-21 at 13:00, East Hall, Room 6)