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Prométhée Spathis
Head of the CNI program at SU

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Advanced Routing in Large Networks


Person Responsible for Module (Name, Mail address):

Prométhée SPATHIS,

Credit Points (ECTS): 6 Module-ID: MU4INX20
University: Sorbonne Université Department: Master Informatique

Prerequisites for Participation

Knowledge of computer network fundamentals and basic data communication theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully finished this module will be able to:

  • To provide a comprehensive coverage of existing and emerging Internet technologies and applications.
  • To study the technology components which form the infrastructure of the Internet.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of advanced computer networking and telecommunications issues such as high-speed local area networks, next-generation Internet protocols and routing strategies;
  • Have a basic knowledge of the use of cryptography, network security and mobile communications;
  • Analyze the requirements for a given organizational structure and select the most appropriate networking architecture and technologies;
  • Specify and identify deficiencies in existing protocols, and then go onto formulate new and better protocols;
  • Analyze, specify and design the topological and routing strategies for an IP based networking infrastructure;
  • Provide an in-depth commentary on future networking and data communications technologies, with a view to incorporating these into the existing organizational network environment.


The field of networking is enough mature to identify of a number of fundamental issues as well as approaches towards addressing these issues. The objective of this course is to cover advanced fundamental principles of computer networks by studying the improvements that have been brought to the Internet in the past few years. Topics include network security, multicast with IGMP protocol and routing protocols, IPv6 protocol; TCP-IP advanced functions, quality of service architecture, inter-AS routing, and Traffic engineering. The goal is to teach networking fundamentals/techniques as it will provide students with a deep understanding of how the Internet works today, and where it is going in the near future.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • 2h weekly hours lecture
  • 4h weekly hours integrated interactive tutorials (problem solving, assignments discussion, lab sessions)

Assessment and Grading Procedures

There will be a mid-term exam in the middle of the course that is worth 20% of the final course grade, a simulation project that is also worth 20% and a final exam that will count 60% for the final grade. A makeup exam will be organized for those who failed the first session.

Workload calculation (contact hours, homework, exam preparation,..)

  • 6h weekly contact hours x 10 weeks = 60 h
  • 6h weekly hours preparation and afterwork x 10 weeks = 60 h
  • Exams preparation: 30 h
  • Total: 150 h

Frequency and dates

Offered every Fall semester:

  • Classes start mid-September and end mid-December;
  • Mid-semester exam around beginning of November;
  • Final exam at the beginning of January;
  • Makeup exam for those who failed the first session in June.

Max. Number of Participants


Enrolment Procedures

Request to the head of CNI program

Recommended Reading, Course Material

  • J. F. Kurose, K. W. Roth, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Addison-Wesley, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN 978-0132856201
  • L.L. Peterson, B.S. Davie, Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 5th Edition, 2011, ISBN 978-0123850591
  • William Stallings, Data & Computer Communications, Prentice Hall, 6th Edition, 2000, ISBN 0-13-086388-2