Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Networks services and technologies
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Computer Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Years teaching
Baldi Mario   AC ING-INF/05 45 0 15 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/05 6 B - Caratterizzanti Ingegneria informatica
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in Italian.
The course aims at providing students with knowledge and in depth understanding of advanced computer network technologies widely deployed in modern networks or that are expected to become mainstream in the near future.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will acquire a knowledge, more or less in depth depending on the specific topic, and in depth understanding of mechanisms and motivations undelying the following technologies and solutions:
- IPv6 protocol and techniques to support its co-existence with IPv4.
- The most popular techniques and protocols used to implement Virtual Private Networks (VPN), both customer-provisioned and provider-provisioned.
- Voice-over-IP (VoIP) systems, based on SIP standard protocol.
- Protocols and techniques for audio and video transmission.
- Technologies and services deployed in wide-area-networks: ATM, Frame Relay, Sonet/SDH.
- Optical networks
- MPLS protocol architecture.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Knowledge on computer networks obtained in a bachelor degree (laurea) in computer engineering. In particular, excellent understanding of the TCP/IP protocol suite (IPv4, TCP and UDP) and technologies used to realized local area networks.
- IPv6 protocol (2 CFU)
- Virtual Private Networks (1,5 CFU)
- VoIP (Voice over IP) systems and SIP protocol. (0.8 CFU)
- Techniques for quality of service (QoS) support. (0,2 CFU)
- Wide area network technologies: Sonet/SDH, ATM, Frame Relay. (0,3 CFU)
- MPLS systems. (1 CFU)
- Optical networks (0,2 CFU)
Delivery modes
The course consists mainly of classroom lectures that exaplain the technologies that are the focus of the program and motivate their deployment in modern computer and communication networks. Moreover, the course includes lab sessions to help retaining the concepts learned during the lectures by observing the correspoding technologies in action. Lab sessions cover the following topics:
- Configuration and observing the operation of IPv6 hosts and routers
- Traffic analysis in SIP-based VoIP deployments.
- Traffic analisys in access VPN solutions.
- Configuration and observing the operation of MPLS devices.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Due to the advanced nature of the topics addressed by the course, they are not covered by a single textbook or a limited number of textbooks. The course website provides, besides the overheads used during lectures, a list of links to documents publicly available over the Internet and references to book chapters that address the various topics discussed during lectures.
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam is in written form and consists in two to four questions on topics addressed during lectures and lab sessions. Questions might be in the form of an essay, as well as requiring to draw network topologies or protocol headers, or provide configuration information for specific use cases. The duration of the exam is usually 70 minutes and the students cannot consult any material (books, notes, Internet sources).
All past exam papers are available on the course website as examples of the exam format.

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

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