Sunday, 24 09 2017

Computer Communication Networks


Computer Communication Networks
Lesson Code:  22Υ410
Level:  Undergraduate
Semester:  4ο



Learning outcomes

At the end of this course the student should be familiar with the   basic operating principles of computer networks and especially of the   INTERNET (TCP/IP protocols). He/she should have consolidated the layer   philosophy (Internet protocol suite), the goal of each layer in the Internet,   and how the goal is realized by a protocol. Also, the student should   understand how a data-packet is transmitted from source to destination, as   well as the various delay elements of this transmission and the various loss   reasons.


Handling IPv4 addresses (LAN design) - Finding a Shortest path -   Design of a simple reliable communication protocol - Communication with other   network engineers/managers and especially for INTERNET issues - Use of OPNET.  


Introduction to Communications (course of the 3rd year).

Course contents

Introduction:   Computer Networks and the Internet. Communication   Protocol. Open Systems Interconnection. The protocol layers stack of the   Internet. The Network Edge. The Network Core. Networks with Virtual Circuits   and Datagrams. Delay and Loss in Packet-Switched Networks. Delay and Loss in   Circuit-Switched Networks.

Elementary teletraffic   theory

Application   Layer (AL): Principles of AL Protocols. WEB   – HTTP, FTP, SMTP, DNS.

Transport   Layer (TL): The goal. The TL of the Internet.   Basic multiplexing/de-multiplexing functions in TL. The User Datagram   Protocol (UDP) (Segment structure, Checksum). Principles of Reliable Data   Transfer. Stop & Wait protocol. Pipelining. The Transport Control   Protocol (TCP). The TCP connection. Round-Trip time. Determination of the   length of the “Sequence Numbers” field. Flow control. Congestion Control.   Best Transmission Window Size.

Network   Layer: The goal. The Service Model (Virtual   Circuits – Datagrams). Routing. Centralized and distributed routing   algorithms. Hierarchical Routing. The Internet Protocol (IP). IPv4 addresses.   Subnets definition through subnet mask. Moving a Datagram from Source to   Destination: Addressing, Routing and Forwarding. The ICMP Protocol. Routing   in the Internet. Intra-Autonomous System Routing: RIP, OSPF. Inter-Autonomous   System Routing: BGP. IPv6. Transition from IPv4 to IPv6. Inside a Router.   Head of the Line Blocking. Virtual Output Queues.

Data   Link Layer (DLL): The goal. The services.   Broadcast channels and PPP. Adapters Communicating. Error Detection and Error   Corrections Techniques. MAC – Channel Partitioning Protocols: TDM, FDM,CDMA.   – Random Access Protocols: Aloha, Slotted Aloha, CSMA, CSMA/CD (Ethernet). –   Taking-Turns Protocols: Polling – Token Pass. Hubs, Bridges and Switches   (comparison with routers). The LAN as a DLL protocol.


Recommended reading

1) James Kurose, Keith Rose, "Computer Networking: A Top   Down Approach Featuring the Internet", Pearson Education Inc. (6th   edition).

2) Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall,   "Computer Networks", Prentice Hall, 2011. (5th edition).

3) Michael D. Logothetis (Ed.), LABORATORY EXERCISES OF COMPUTER   COMMUNICATION NNETWORKS, Handbook in Greek, University of Patras,   2008.

4) Emad Aboelela, "Network Simulation Experiment Manual".

Teaching and learning   methods

Lectures (3 hours per week including 1 hour seminars) using slides   from book (1).

During seminars, the instructor solves exercises on the blackboard by   using a chalk. However, the student can find these exercises through the   educational tool called "eclass" at:   (free access). Students who have learned the content of the slides as they   have been explained in the classroom, as well as the entire content of the   eclass-website, are strong candidates for the best performance in the final   exam (grade 10).

Assessment and grading   methods

The grading is based on final written exam, which is carried out with   closed books (mathematical formulas will accompany the exercises/problems in   the form of memos). If the final written exam is successful (i.e. grade 5, at   least), then, for those students who have participated in 30-45min tests   (they are carried out 2 times during the semester), their performance in   these tests is taken into account so that the grade from the written exams   can be increased by 0.5 or 1 grade.

Students can proceed to the final written exam, only when they have   attended the Lab.

Language of instruction

Lectures and Seminars/Labs are taught in Greek. Foreign visiting   students will be supported with English materials, including   laboratory handouts, and final examination in English.




Denazis Spyros
Logothetis Michael
Lymberopoulos Dimitrios