2019-2020 / INFO0031-1

Network Engineering

Duration

30h Th, 12h Labo., 30h Proj.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Engineering (double diplômation avec HEC)5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science (double diplômation avec HEC)5 crédits 

Lecturer

Benoît Donnet, Guy Leduc

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims at deepening the knowledge and understanding of networks. It explains advanced network architectures, routing protocols, and mechanisms used to improve the quality of service of a network and better engineer its traffic.
Table of Content:
Part 1: Advanced Routing and Forwarding

  • Chap. 1: Internet Architecture (B. Donnet)
  • Chap. 2: Advanced Interdomain Routing (B. Donnet)
  • Chap. 3: Intradomain Multicast Routing (G. Leduc)
  • Chap. 4: MutiProtocol Label Switching (MPLS) (B. Donnet)
  • Chap. 5: MPLS Virtual Private Networks (G. Leduc)
Part 2: Network Support for Quality of Service (G. Leduc)
  • Quality of Network Service
  • Scheduling, Shaping/Policing, Packet Dropping
  • Resource Reservation and Call Admission (RSVP)
  • Standard QoS Architectures
Part 3: Traffic Engineering (B. Donnet)
  • Chap. 1: Generalities
  • Chap. 2: Load Balancing
  • Chap. 3: Multihoming
  • Chap. 4: Interdomain TE with BGP

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course students will understand in depth advanced routing and forwarding techniques (from BGP to multicast and MPLS),  how networks can provide some quality of service, and how networks traffic can be engineered.
Practically, students will be able to configure routing in large networks.  Network performance with QoS will be studied through network simulation.  Students will also learn how to configure a router to provide QoS.
The assignments bring out self-learning and team work capabilities, and help improve the writing skills of the students.
Teaching, and all support material, in English allow students to improve their knowledge and skills in this langage.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A good knowledge of basics of Computer Networking (INFO0010 or equivalent) is required.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is organized as follows

  • Lectures describing in details the theoretical and practical aspects of the course
  • Lab sessions to be done individually.  Each lab ends with a small report to complete (a simple text file to fill in with answers).
  • Assignments in teams of 2 students. 
The entire course is given in English

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

The face-to-face lectures are complemented by lab sessions and assignments (carried out remotely). The course is entirely given in English.

Recommended or required readings

Slides, labs and assignments subjects are available on the course web page.
The following books have been used for building the course:

  • James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross. Computer Networking - A Top-Down Approach (Seventh Edition), Addison-Wesley, 2016. Also published by Pearson.
  • N. Wang, K. Hon Ho, G. Pavlou, M. Howarth.  An Overview of Routing Optimization for Internet Traffic Engineering.  In IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials.  10(1), pg. 36-56.  April 2008.
  • J. W. Stewart.  BGP4: Inter-Domain Routing in the Internet.  Addison-Wesley, 1998.
Slides contain additional references (RFCs, scientific papers)
 

Assessment methods and criteria

The evaluation is threefold:

  • Labs are evaluated (a simple text file to fill in during/right after the lab with students' answers).  They account for 25% of the final grade.
  • Assignments account for 25% of the final grade.
  • The oral exam (on the theoretical part of the course) accounts for 50% of the final grade.  Note that the oral exam will require the student to answer 2 questions (one based on material taught by G. Leduc, the other by B. Donnet).
Presence at labs is mandatory. Attending all labs and doing both assignments are required for attending the oral exam.  In case of Lab absence and/or assignment not provided, the student will receive an "Absence" grade (and automatically be postponed to the resit).
In case of failure in June, students must improve their assignment for the resit (deadline: 1st day of the resit session) if the grade was below 10/20.  This must be done individually (note that no support will be provided, either by the TA or the lecturers, during summer).  Labs cannot be redone. If the grade of the labs is favorable to the students, the resit session is identical to the first one, with the same weighting. On the other hand, if the grade of the labs is not favorable to the student, it will not be taken into account in the weighting in September, which becomes 25% for the assignments and 75% for the exam. Oral exam must be redone

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

The course is organized during the second term (from February to mid-May), on Wednesday morning. All lectures are in English.

Contacts

Professors:

  • B. Donnet (email -- office 1.15/B28)
  • G. Leduc (email -- office 1.73a/B28)
TA:
  • Justin Iurman (email)
 

Items online

Course Web Site
The course web site contains PDF of the slides, labs/assignments subjects, details about grading, and the course agenda.  It also allows students to interact with the Pedagogical Team through the discussion forum