Internet measurements and new architectures

Responsable / In charge of : Barakat Chadi (

Résumé / Abstract :
We are experiencing an unprecedented success of the Internet, putting it and the diverse applications and services it provides at the center of our daily life. This success is accompanied however with two main observations. On one side, end users are getting less and less knowledgeable about the Internet structure and the way it works, hence losing control on the performance they get from the network. On another side, the network and the content providers are overwhelmed with the huge volume of content end users generate. This has motivated a large number of research work on trying to infer the structure and performance of the Internet by means of measurements, and on proposing new network paradigms that improve efficiency and flexibility by providing a native support for content-based communication and adding programmability to network elements. IMNA will cover this interesting and emerging research area. We will motivate and overview the different proposals that have been made in the literature for a better Internet transparency by means of passive and active measurements, and the main networking paradigms for the Internet of the Future, including in particular Information-Centric Networking (ICN) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Prérequis / Prerequisite :
• TCP/IP networking protocols and layered architecture. Basic knowledge in probability and statistics.

Objectifs / Objectives :
To understand the state-of-the-art in network architecture, protocols, and networked systems and to study in depth some of the up-to-date networking research problems, by reading and discussing research papers.

Contenu / Contents :

  • Introduction to Internet monitoring
  • Main measurement tools
  • End-to-end and Network-wide monitoring
  • Introduction to network experimentation
  • Internet architecture
  • Content Centric Networking
  • Software Defined Networks
  • Network Function Virtualization

Références / References :

• Computer Networks, a systems approach, by Larry L. Peterson and Bruce S. Davie, (2007), ISBN-10: 0123705487, ISBN-13: 9780123705488.
• “Computer Networking book” by Jim Kurose and Keith Ross.

Acquis / Knowledge :
An introduction to the field of Internet measurement with its main tools and methods, and new content-oriented architectures based on the virtualization of network elements

Evaluation / Assessment :
Two exames 66% + one presentation and report on a research article 34%