Design and Optimization of Networks

Professors Angelos Rouskas
Course category CSM/NET
Course ID DS-331
Credits 5
Lecture hours 3 hours
Lab hours 2 hours
Digital resources View on Aristarchus (Open e-Class)

Learning Outcomes

The course presents principles and methodologies on the design, evaluation and optimization of networks and services, complementing the basic knowledge of architecture, protocols and functions of communication networks.

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be in position to:

  • follow and utilize the approach of top-down network design, that is most commonly encountered on medium to large scale networking projects
  • understand and evaluate alternative design options at every stage of data networks design, (e.g. requirement and specification definition, logical and physical design, selection of appropriate technologies and protocols, addressing and naming of network devices, implementation, testing and optimization)
  • select and propose proper architectures, network technologies, protocols and politics, depending on the design, upgrade and/or optimization of the network at hand
  • implement, control and readjust solutions on new or redesign existing network projects
  • run and operate routing protocols simulation software and packet sniffing software

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the design and performance evaluation of networks and services.
  • Modelling and topological design of communication networks.
  • Modelling of network services traffic and work load.
  • Top-down network design under service requirements and various constraints.
  • Selection of most appropriate link, network and transport layer protocols.
  • Selection of most appropriate network architecture and network devices.
  • Network optimization techniques and algorithms, network reliability.
  • Performance measures.
  • Quality of service assurance.
  • Theoretical exercises and network design projects.

Recommended Readings

  1. Spiros Arsenis, “Network Design and Implementation”, Kleidarithmos Publications.
  2. Priscilla Oppenheimer, “Top-Down Network Design”, 2nd Edition, Cisco Press.
  3. James D. McCabe, “Network Analysis, Architecture and Design”, 2nd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc.
  4. Thomas Robertazzi, “Planning Telecommunication Networks”, IEEE Press.