Module Title: Advanced Topics in Networking
Teaching hours: 39
Instructor: Dr. Panagiotakis, Dr. Mastorakis, Dr. Vourkas
The main target of Computer Networks module is the specialization on access networks technologies and backbone networks. In this context, the module covers network architectures, hierarchies of protocols and basic functions of network standards. Network design and management issues are also covered.
Introduction. Wired access networks: PSTN, xDSL, ISDN, LAN. Wireless access networks: cellular networks, WLANs, WMANs, broadcasting networks. Backbone networks: Digital hierarchies, Ethernet WANs, Optical networks.
Access to IP based services through telephony networks. Fixed-Mobile Convergence. Systems architectures. Layers of operation and Medium Access Control (MAC).
Network layer: IPv4, IPv6, IGP (OSPF), BGP, ARP. IP QoS, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Differentiated Services (DiffServ), Integrated Services (IntServ). Seamless mobility and mobile IP. Intranets. Routing algorithms, congestion control algorithms. Link state routing, distance vector routing, broadcast routing, multicast algorithms, stochastic routing algorithms, QoS routing. rerouting.
Network design. Challenges of wireless and wired networks design. Algorithms and software packages for network design.
Cognitive Radio networks and architectures, dynamic spectrum access, resource allocation in cognitive radio networks.
Design and development of MIBs. Design and development of network management applications. Managers, agents, based on SNMP. MIBs data processing.
 Andrew J. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall, “Computer Networks, 5th Ed”, Prentice Hall, 2010, ISBN 978-0132126953
 James Kurose, Keith Ross, ” Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach”, Addison Wesley, March 31, 2009, ISBN 978-0136079675
 Travis Russell, “Telecommunications Protocols”, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 1999, ISBN 978-0071349154
 Selected research papers