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TDTS02 Seminars

Introductory seminars

Format: The seminars will be like lectures with extra interaction. You will be expected to ask and answer questions, and may be called on to explain things in the study material. If you are unable to do so, you may be assigned make-up work.

Note that several seminars are longer than two hours (and are scheduled as multiple seminars).

Preparation: For each seminar you will be expected to have read the required study material. You should be prepared to both ask and answer questions on the material.

Seminar 1: Course overview and introduction.
Slides: N/A
Seminar 2: An early history of data networks. This seminar gives a two-hour overview of the 4000-year history of data networking. We'll talk about how technology has developed while the key issues of and motivation for data networking have remained the same.
Optional study material: "The Early History of Data Networking" by Björn Pehrson and Gerard J. Holzman (probably unavailable). Web links to relevant material are in the course Wiki. The Local resources section contains relevant material. You need your student ID and password to access this material. The slides from this seminar will not be available on-line.
Seminar X: How to work.
Slides: TDTS02 - How to Work.pdf
Seminar 3: IPv4 and IPv6. This seminar will briefly review the Internet Protocol (versions 4 and 6) and then go into details. Topics covered include IPv4 addressing (the CIDR way), fragmentation and its implications, the concept of TTL and its use in applications as well as some of the IP options and their implications. We'll look at the IP flags and their meaning, including the ECN option. The IPv6 part is new this year, and the precise contents haven't been determined yet.
Slides IPv4: ipv42008.pdf
Slides IPv6: ipv62008.pdf
Required study material: Relevant sections of any not-too-old computer networks textbook.
Seminar 4: Routing. Routing tables. RIB vs FIB. Longest-prefix match. Review of distance-vector and link-state routing. Link-vector routing algorithms. Overview of the RIP and EIGRP protocols. Multipath routing. Reverse path filtering. Anycast.
Slides: routing2007.pdf
Required study material: Any good computer networks textbook
Seminar 5: Synchronous electrical networks and ATM. This seminar will briefly cover the history of asynchronous and plesiochronous digital transmission networks, and explain how telecom requirements still control many modern protocols. It will continue with ATM as an example of a telecom network, and highlight the differences between ATM (and similar networks) and IP networks.
Required study material and slides:TDTS02 - ATM.pdf

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