The Internet has experienced unprecedented growth especially since the 1990s and is continuing to evolve in terms of the information transfer speeds and infrastructure capacities in order to accommodate the growing number of users. The demand for bandwidth-both wired and wireless-and innovative new bandwidth-intensive services is soaring. The use of high-definition video, real-time collaboration, e-commerce, social networking, and other multimedia Web applications is becoming increasingly important to individual users and businesses. The use of mobile broadband and file-sharing applications is rising sharply. Advances in research applications and the evolution to cloud networking are also causing bandwidth pressure on existing networks. This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the Internet architecture and underlying technologies and applications that address the challenges summarized above and provide services to users at high availability, reliability, and flexibility in a cost-effective manner. Specific topics to be discussed in this course include high-speed Internet requirements analysis, Internet architecture and protocols, convergence of mobile and terrestrial networks, high-speed LAN/WAN options and configurations, emerging and future switching and transmission technologies, and network virtualization. The course will also cover unique challenges to management and security of the high-speed Internets and how they are addressed. Other topics include emerging technologies and future trends.
EN.605.671 Principles of Data Communications Networks.