Advanced Networking Technologies

Course Aim

The course has as its main objective to provide a detailed overview of modern technologies of networks from the zero level to the level of the application to provide the student a complete picture of the internet highlighting the opportunities and future developments.

Course Objectives

The primary objectives of the course are:

  • the study of broadband technologies and networks with emphasis on the most recent developments and advanced technologies that will equip the broadband networks of the next generation.
  • Obtaining background for the implementation of web applications through detailed analysis of architectures, standards, protocols
  • The consistent presentation of technologies at all levels and they way they are connected to each other.

Course description

Α. Broadband networks – physical layer technologies

  • Fundamentals broadband transmission.
  • Efficient use of spectrum resources in broadband access.
  • Next Generation Ethernet (1 – 400 Gb / s Ethernet, standards and open issues).
  • Optical transmission: Optical fibers, fundamental optical transmission and multiplexing.
  • All optical switching techniques.
  • Broadband access in metropolitan area networks, broadband networks, short-reach (last mile architectures).

B. Architectures and Protocols

  • Internet protocols (ARP, PPP, DSL, ISDN, IP, IPv6, IPsec, BGP).
  • Transport Layer – TCP, UDP, RTCP. Programming with sockets (TCP / UDP).
  • The control plane and routing principles. Routing in the Internet, routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP).
  • Quality issues, IntServ -RSVP, DiffServ.
  • Ethernet Technologies, Carrier Ethernet, MPLS, SONET / SDH, ATM and QoS issues – Corporate networks, interconnection services MAN / WAN.
  • Traffic Manager (Traffic engineering), Load balancing, Resource control, Traffic engineering, signaling protocol OSPF-TE, RSVP-TE, Virtual private circuits (VPNs).
  • Using technologies IPSEC, SSL. corporate networks, network interfaces trunk business, Firewalls, Network Address Translators (NAT).
  • Basic services (DHCP, DNS, FTP, e-mail).

C. Future Perspective

  • The Internet of Things
  • Resource management with virtualization techniques (network as a service, software defined networking)
  • Issues of convergence of telecommunications systems


  1. Kurose J. & Ross K. (2008): Computer Networking: Approach Top Down with emphasis on the Internet, 6th Edition (translated), Prentice Hall, 2013.
  2. Rajiv Sivarajan, Kumar N. Ramaswami, “Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective. (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking) “, Morgan Kaufmann, 2nd edition (2001).
  3. Larry L. Peterson and Bruce S. Davie, “Computer Networks, Fifth Edition: A Systems Approach” (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking).
  4. Stephen A. Thomas, “IP Switching and Routing Essentials: Understanding RIP, OSPF, BGP, MPLS, CR-LDP, and RSVP-TE”.
  5. Mahesh Kumar Porwal, “Traffic Analysis of MPLS and Non MPLS Network: including MPLS Signaling Protocols and Traffic Distribution” (Feb 16, 2011).