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Local and metropolitan area network design (LMAND)

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Telematic Engineering - Academic year 2007/2008

[Instructors] [Course Outline and Schedule] [Lab Exercises] [Exams]  [Bibliography]



The course presents the technologies as well as the basic principles and tecniques for designing modern local area networks based on layer 2 and layer 3 switches. In particular, available technologies are analyzed and their applicability with respect to most common requirements are assessed. Moreover, typical issues related to data center and corporate network design are addressed.



Lab. Exercises

The course includes three assignments on the main topics covered in classes. Assignments allow students experimenting mechanisms and protocols covered in theory with the aim to facilitate their learning.  Each group (4 students per group) shall upload the results of the practices through a web system called moodle. The evaluation provides a bonus from 0 to 3 points to the final examination. The evaluation will not be accompanied by a detailed analysis of the work that will be provided only upon explicit request during laboratory hours.

The text of the assignments is available (after registration) through this address: For a detailed description of rules and procedures concerning the delivery of exercises see the page “Information and instructions” in moodle.

Please remind that the examination includes questions about laboratory exercises.

Important note: the registration in moodle is compulsory for all students of the course, even if they do not intend to do the practices.


Lab. Grades 2007/2008



The type of test (written or oral test) is dependent on the number of students taking the exam and will be specified for each scheduled date.
It is a mandatory requirement to pass the exam that the total amount of points scored in the open answer questions is above a threshold defined for each test depending on the total score associated to such questions.
The exam grade is obtained by adding the evaluation of the lab exercises (maximum 3 points) to the grade of the written test such that the maximum grade is 30/30.

The text of previous exams is not publicly available; only some sample questions are available. Please read carefully the description of exam rules.

Dates and outcomes of the exams

  • 26/06, 13.30, classroom 12 (written exam). Exam discussion: 02/07, 8.30, classroom 1. Students who passed the exam: 68%
  • 09/07, 16.00, classroom 8 (written exam). Exam discussion: 14/07, 11.00, classroom 11S. Students who passed the exam: 70%




1.    M. Baldi, P. Nicoletti, "Switched LAN," McGraw-Hill Companies, July 2002, ISBN 88 386 3426-2

2.     C. E. Spurgeon, "Ethernet: The Definitive Guide", O Reilly, Sebastopol, CA, USA, 2000.

3.     Robert A. Breyer, Sean Riley, "Switched, Fast, and Gigabit Ethernet", Third Edition, Macmillan Technical Publishing, 1998, ISBN 1578700736

4.     F. Risso, "NetLibrary", 2004.

5.     Cisco Systems, "Configuration Guides Books", Cisco Web Site

6.     J. Geier, "Wireless LANs," SAMS

7.     J. Tate, A. Bernasconi, P. Mescher, F. Scholten, "Introduction to Storage Area Networks", IBM Red Book, 2003

8.     M. Arregoces, M. Portolani, "Data Center Fundamentals", Cisco Press, 2004, ISBN 1587050234

9.     M. Baldi, P. Nicoletti, "Internetworking", seconda edizione,  McGraw-Hill Libri Italia, 2004, ISBN 88 386 6154-5

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