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Computer Networking


Santini S.

Course director

Alecci L.


Li M.



The course covers the architecture of networked applications and the network itself, their fundamental protocols, and the design principles behind them. This includes applications such as the Web, e-mail, and peer-to-peer systems; the two most important transport protocols of the Internet, namely UDP and TCP; the network layer; basics of the link and physical layer; and basics of network security.


The Internet provides global connectivity for applications and end-users. This course aims to convey an understanding of, on the one hand, how common distributed applications such as the World-Wide Web use the network (the Internet), and, on the other hand, how the network is designed and how it provides its services to applications. This course serves the designers of distributed applications, as well as network designers as an introduction to computer networking.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

The course includes instructor-led lectures and interactive practical sessions. Practical exercises are discussed in class during the semester.

Examination information

The final grade will result from a combination of the grade obtained through the final exam, and other mid-term exams/assignments/quizzes solved during the semester.