Main literature

The text book for this course is Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols, 2/E , by Radia Perlman, from now on referred to as “RP”.

Other excellent texts to study are

Week 1: Networking overview

Content

  • Networks (OSI model)
  • Protocols and interfaces
  • Graphs (mathematical)
  • Layer 1,2,3 interfaces
  • Addresses in general
  • Basic routing
  • TCP/IP stack and OSI layering
  • IPv4/IPv6 addresses
  • Locations versus Endpoints
  • Networking versus Internetworking

Theoretical Study

  • Investigation into the procedures of IANA, ICANN, IEEE, RIPE and SIDN
  • Formal procedures around getting IPv4 or IPv6 address space

Literature

  • RP: 1.1-4, 9.1-5, 9.8, 9.12, 10.3.1, 10.3.5
  • R&S: 1.1-4, 1.6, 10.1-3, 10.8

References

Week 2: Bridging and Switching

Content

  • Circuit Switching
  • Packet Switching
  • Packet Forwarding
  • Layer 1 and 2 relays
  • LANS and MAC sublayer
  • LANS and LLC sublayer
  • SNAP
  • Ethernet and 802.3
  • Bridging
  • Transparant Bridging
  • Spanning tree
  • Virtual LANs

Lab Practice

  • Investigation into User Mode Linux (UML) as a tool for network research
  • Writing your own configurations for User Mode Linux networks

Literature

  • RP: 2.1-10, 2.12-14, 3.1-7, 5.1-3, 17.1-2
  • R&S: 2.1-3, 5.1-2, 6.1-2, 7.7.1, 7.7.7(except GARP,GMRP,GVRP)

References

Week 3: Routing in Theory

Content

  • Interior Routing
  • Exterior Routing
  • Distance vector protocols
  • Link state protocols

Presentation team 1

  • Locations versus Endpoints

Lab Practice

  • An analysis of packets used within the Spanning Tree Protocol

Literature

  • RP: 6.1-2, 14.1
  • R&S: 5.3,9(except DUAL)

References

Week 4: RIP

Content

  • Distance vector protocols
  • RIP version 1
  • RIP version 2
  • RIP next generation

Presentation team 2

  • The end-to-end principle

Lab Practice

  • Compare the operation of RIP version 1 and 2

Literature

  • RP: 12.1, 14.2
  • R&S: 11.1-2, 11.3.1

References

Week 5: OSPF

Content

  • Link state protocols
  • The OSPF interior gateway protocol

Presentations team 3

  • Wireless versus Wired

Lab Practice

  • Identification of OSPF packets from RFC 2328, appendix A

Literature

  • RP: 12.2-3, 12.7, 14.4(only OSPF part)
  • R&S: 11.3.4

References

Week 6: BGP

Content

  • Inter Domain Routing
  • Routing Policies

Presentation team 4

  • Peering in the Internet

Lab Practice

  • Building a virtual IX to test BGP

Literature

  • RP: 14.5
  • R&S: 11.4.2

References

Week 7: Casus

Content

  • Visit to AMS-IX and SARA
  • Visit to SURFnet

Week 8: Examination week

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