CS5020: Principles of Computer Communication Systems
This module is offered in 2020-21.
The aims of this module are:
- To equip students with a deep knowledge of fundamental concepts and terminologies of computer communication systems (CCS).
- To illustrate fundamental principles with reference to widely-used systems and technologies for CCS.
- To enable students to use high level tools for networked systems configuration, exploration and management of CCS.
On successful completion of this module, the student should:
- Be aware of the role of the computer networks.
- Have investigated chosen aspects of computer networks within a concrete context.
- Development of the Internet: Internet design goals and alternative network architectures
- Layered Model abstractions, their role and limitations
- Protocol design, Message formatting and Encapsulation
- Traffic management, Quality of Service and Quality of Experience
- Measurement and Verification in terms of Reliability, Latency, Bandwidth, and Throughput
- Patterns of Communication, including Broadcast, Multicast, Unicast; Duplex, Half-Duplex, Simplex; symmetric/asymmetric
- Network Architecture, including Naming, Addressing and Routing
- Mobility Concerns and Issues
- Application Design, for example Client-Server, Peer-to-Peer, Publisher-Consumer - Network Configuration
- Management - Network Security and Privacy
This module has no compulsory elements beyond those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component).