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Internet and Multimedia Application Protocols (PIAM)

Credits Dept. Type Requirements
7.5 (6.0 ECTS) AC
  • Elective for DIE
XC - Prerequisite for DIE


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General goals

This course aims to further students' knowledge on the basic concepts of the TCP/IP protocols and the structure of data communication networks (Internet) that they have gained in prior courses (XC and PXC). This course focuses on more advanced concepts, such as EGP routing, Spanning Tree protocol, wireless networks, mobility and multimedia support. The main topics are organized as follows:

- Routing (OSPF, BGP, Peering).
- Wireless networks and mobility (Wireless networks, mobile IP).
- Multimedia (Coding, scheduling mechanisms, multimedia protocols).

Specific goals


  1. Support for mobility in IP wireless networks.
  2. Routing protocols for medium-sized and large networks. Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
  3. Support for multimedia transmission over the Internet.
  4. Multimedia applications and related protocols.
  5. L2 routing (STP)


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Estimated time (hours):

T P L Alt Ext. L Stu A. time
Theory Problems Laboratory Other activities External Laboratory Study Additional time

1. Wireless and mobile networks
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
6,0 0 4,0 4,0 3,0 18,0 0 35,0
Wireless networks and device convergence (4h)
Mobile IP (3h)

  • Laboratory
    Study case: Ad-hoc networks

2. Routing extensions
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
18,0 0 10,0 2,0 4,0 26,0 0 60,0
Autonomous Systems, ISPs, Peering, multihoming, Internet
Encaminamiento nivel 2 (STP) y fiabilidad
  • Other activities:
    Internet Architecture seminar
  • Laboratory
    Peering policies

3. Multimedia
T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
18,0 0 6,0 6,0 1,0 30,0 0 61,0
Switching Architecture y routers.
Planning (WFQ) an buffer management (Network)
Int services, RSVP, diff services

  • Other activities:
    Seminar:High-performance router design
    Seminar: Traffic controlin Linux.
    Seminar: QoS support.
  • Laboratory
    QoS Evaluation

Total per kind T      P      L      Alt    Ext. L Stu    A. time Total 
42,0 0 20,0 12,0 8,0 74,0 0 156,0
Avaluation additional hours 3,0
Total work hours for student 159,0

Docent Methodolgy

Theory classes and lab classes.

Practical sessions put the concepts learnt in the theory classes into practice.

Some sessions are given over to seminars, in which aspects complementing the course are dealt with.

Evaluation Methodgy

Midterm test (Ctrol)
Final theory exam (Eft)
Practical sessions and discussion (Elab).

Final grade: MAX(0.2xElab + 0.8x(0.15xCtrol + 0.85 Eft), 0.2xElab + 0.8xEft)
= MAX(0.2xElab + 0.12xCtrol + 0.68 Eft, 0.2xElab + 0.8xEft)

Basic Bibliography

  • Christian Huitema Routing in the internet, Prentice Hall PTR, 2000.
  • John W. Stewart III BGP4 : inter-domain routing in the Internet, Addison-Wesley, 1999.
  • James D. Solomon Mobile IP, the Internet unplugged, PTR Prentice Hall, 1998.
  • James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross Computer networking : a top-down approach featuring the Internet, Addison-Wesley, 2005.
  • Radia Perlman Interconnections : bridges, routers, switches, and internetworking protocols, Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 2000.

Complementary Bibliography

  • Catherine Paquet, Diane Teare Building Scalable Cisco Networks, Cisco Press, 2001.
  • B. Hubert Linux Advanced Routing & Traffic Control HOWTO, DocBook Edition, 2002.

Web links



Previous capacities

Basic concepts regarding public networks (WAN)
Basic concepts regarding public networks (LAN)
Basic concepts regarding TCP/IPv4


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