COMPGZ01 - Networked Systems

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CodeCOMPGZ01 (Also taught as: COMP3035)
Taught ByMark Handley (100%)
AimsTo offer a rigorous introduction to the problems that arise when networking computer systems, and algorithms and systems design that solve these problems. The architectural principles and protocols that underlie the internet will be explained in detail. Topics to be taught will include the physical layer, widely used link layers (wired and wireless), MAC protocols, internetworking, intra-domain routing, reliable transport, congestion control, wide-area (policy) routing, naming, network security, the end-to-end principle, and network applications.
Learning OutcomesUnderstanding the nuances interactions between a network's distributed entities is a vital skill, without which one cannot truly be said to understand networking. To help students develop this skill, 3035/GZ01 incorporates significant programming courseworks in Python and Java, in which students build working implementations of network protocols.


Week 1 Introduction to Networking; Information, Error Control Coding, and Compression.

Week 2 Medium Access Control: CDMA, ALOHA, and Ethernet; Link Layer Addressing and Forwarding; Spanning Trees; MPLS.

Week 3 Achieving Reliability; Stop-and-Wait, Go-Back-N.

Week 4 Achieving Reliability (cont); Selective Repeat; Intro to Internetworking; Network Address Translation; Inside Internet Routers.

Week 5 The Domain Name System; Multi-hop Networks and end-to-end Arguments.

Reading week.

Week 6 Reliable Transport and TCP introduction.

Week 7 TCP and Congestion Control; Intra-Domain Routing: Introduction and Distance-Vector.

Week 8 Intra-Domain Routing: Link-State; Intra-Domain Routing: BGP.

Week 9 Intra-Domain Routing: BGP (cont); Wireless Networks: 802.11 MAC.

Week 10 Security: Firewalls, Worms and IDSes; Content Delivery HTTP, Web Caching, and Content Distribution Networks.

Method of Instruction:

Lecture presentations, self-learning modules and tutorials


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (2 hours, 60%);
  • Coursework Section (4 pieces, 40%).

To pass this module, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all components combined.