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Computer Engineering - Academic year 2013-14

[Objectives] [Lecturers] [Course outline, material, and schedule] [Lab assigments] [Exams] [Bibliography]


The course presents advanced topics concerning computer networks. Specifically, it presents and discusses widely deployed technologies and offered services, with the aim of providing the knowledge for wisely making technical choices when in charge of network design and operation.


This page refers to to different courses, which present the same topics but are taught in different languages. Specifically,

Those courses present the same topics, make use the same set of slides, share the same learning material (slides, assignments, labs) and the same web site, have the same lecturers. However, lectures (and the exam) will be given in either English (for CNTS) or Italian (for TSR).


Lab assistant

  • Ing. Piergiuseppe Bettassa (piergiuseppe.bettassa[at]      

Lab assignments

The course includes some practical assignments on the main topics covered during classes. The Lab assignments allow students experimenting mechanisms and protocols covered during class with the objective of facilitating their learning. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity by not only being present, but carefully going through all the proposed exercises striving to deeply understand what is being observed and ask the instructor for clarification and hints whenever they cannot make sense of what they see. Students will not be required to hand in the outcome of their lab experiences or write a report. However, lab experiences are integral part of the course and it is possible that the exams contain questions related to their content. Most of the suggested experiments can be carried out on any networked computer, hence without going to the lab in the appointed hours. However, during schedule hours assistance will be available in the lab to help with possible difficulties and issues.


The type of test (written test, or oral test, or a combination of written and oral test) depends on the number of students taking the exam and will be specified for each scheduled date. Given the high number of students taking the course, in the vast majority of cases the exam will be in a written form.

A set of multiple choice questions (usually 8 to 12) is used to determine eligibility to pass the exam: a minimum number of such questions must be answered correctly in order to qualify to pass the exam.  

An additional set of questions (1 to 4), which might include solving practical problems and writing short essays on specific topics discussed during the lectures, determines the grade. Sample questions are available in Italian (for TSR) and English (for CNTS).

Please note that multiple choice questions are just qualifiers and answering them correctly (even all of them) does not imply passing the exam.


  1. S. Gai, "Internetworking IPv6 with Cisco Routers," McGraw-Hill, 1998, ISBN 0070228361
  2. W. J. Goralski, "SONET," McGraw-Hill, seconda edizione, 2000, ISBN 0-07-212570-5
  3. W. Stallings, "ISDN and Broadband ISDN with Frame Relay and ATM (4th Edition)," Prentice Hall, ottobre 1998, ISBN 0139737448
  4. B. Mukherjee, "Optical WDM Networks," Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., 2006, available at the Central Library also in electronic version.
  5. S. V. Kartalopoulos, "Introduction to DWDM Technology," IEEE Press, 2000, ISBN 0-7803-5399-4
  6. P. Ferguson, G. Huston, "Quality of Service," John Wiley and sons, 1998, ISBN 0-471-24358-2
  7. Cisco Systems, "Cisco Internetworking Technology Handbook," Pearson Education, 3rd edition, 2000, ISBN 9781587050015. Also available on-line and as PDF. (The book covers many of the topics addressed by the course and much, much more. Please note that some concepts specific of Cisco Systems products and implementation are possibly presented as general.)
  8. M. Lewis, "Comparing, Designing, and Deploying VPNs," Cisco Press, 2006, ISBN 1587051796. (The first chapter, available as a sample, provides a good overview of VPNs) 
  9. Microsoft TechNet, "What is VPN?" (Please note that some concepts specific of Microsoft products and implementation are possibly presented as general.)  

Previous academic years: 2012-13

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