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
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; and basics of the link and physical layer.
The course includes instructor-led lectures and interactive practical sessions. Several assignments will be provided during the semester and discussed in class.
The final grade will result from a combination of the grade obtained through the final exam and the grades of assignments and of the mid-term exam.
- Textbook: "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach", by James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, published by Addison-Wesley.