Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Local area network design
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Computer Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Risso Fulvio Giovanni Ottavio ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-INF/05 48 0 12 0 8
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/05 6 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria informatica
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in Italian.

This optional course is part of the MSc degree in Computer Engineering and it is delivered in the second period of the first year. This course covers topics related to the structure and the main technologies deployed in local area networks. In particular, main topics are the technologies related to the physical and data-link layers, and their interaction with upper-layers. The course will allow the student to design, manage and troubleshoot local area networks.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge of the standards at the physical-layer, including structured cabling design.
- Knowledge of the standards at data-link layer, particularly with respect to Ethernet technology and its evolutions.
- Knowledge of the internetworking techniques at data-link layer (spanning tree and its evolutions); capability to analyze the dynamic behavior of those standards both in normal conditions and in case of faults.
- Knowledge of virtual LAN (VLAN) technologies.
- Knowledge of the switching technologies at layer 2-7; capability to design a multilayer switched network.
- Knowledge of the most important network technologies deployed in a Data Center and principles of virtualization.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
General knowledge about computer networks. Detailed knowledge about the IP protocol and the most important protocols of the TCP/IP suite. Capability to design IP networks. Capability to analyze network traffic, particularly with respect to the most important protocols of the TCP/IP suite.
The course will be structured according to the following schedule:
- Ethernet and its evolutions (1 cr)
- Bridging technologies: Spanning Tree, Rapid Spanning Tree and their evolutions (1 cr)
- Advanced functionalities of layer-2 switches: traffic priority, flow control, link aggregation, IGMP snooping (0.4 cr)
- Virtual local area networks (VLAN) (0.4 cr)
- Switching at layers 2 and 3 (0.4 cr)
- Design of switched networks (0.8 cr)
- Application-layer switching (0.2 cr)
- Data-center technologies and virtualization (0.8 cr)
- Laboratory (1 cr)
Delivery modes
The course includes in-class exercises for the most part of the topics, related to the material presented in the previous lectures. Furthermore, weekly homework must be completed by each student.
In addition, practical labs hours are dedicated to the configuration, analysis and troubleshooting of the most important technologies covered by this course. Lab will use commercially available network devices.
The laboratory can be accessed also from remote, in non-teaching hours; students should group in teams of 2-3 people and must complete a written assignment.
Both homework and lab assignments are considered in the definition of the final grade.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The textbook suggested for this course is the following:
R. Seifert, J. Edwards. The All-New Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technology, Wiley, 2008, ISBN 978-0470287156.
A copy of the slides used in class are available, including examples, exams simulations, and the lab manuals. All the material is available in electronic form from a web site or from the official teaching portal.
Assessment and grading criteria
This course includes a written examination, which consists in three exercises and/or open-answer questions, plus a set of closed-answer questions. The exam must be completed within 1 hour and half. The exam will be successful if the sum of the points associated to any answer is sufficient; the maximum grade for each question is written on the exam text.
The final grade will also include homework and lab assignments; the exact mix is defined by the professor at the beginning of each new year.
Students with high average marks can replace the exam with a special assignment focusing on some of the topics of this course.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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