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Unit information: Data Center Networking in 2018/19

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Unit name Data Center Networking
Unit code EENGM0008
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Shuangyi Yan
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of network technologies, principles and control of modern Data Centers and Clouds as critical building blocks of Internet operation and services. It includes:

• Introduction to Data Centers and Cloud Computing • What is Cloud, Grid, e-Science? Role of Data Center networks in future Internet

• Data Center/ High Performance Computer networked applications (i.e. e-Science, High Frequency Trading)

•Cloud Services: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), PaaS, SaaS etc.

 Data Center networking architectural principles

•Infrastructure and topology of Data Centers and High Performance Computers. •Network design principles and requirements. •Network technologies for inter and Intra Data Center and High Performance Computer connectivity, Network protocols, Infiniband, Fiber Channel, Ethernet, Electronic and Optical Interconnects

• Computing, server, Rack and Cluster interconnect • Data center interconnect • Future developments following advance optical technologies Data Center control and management

• Software Defined Network • Network Virtualization • Network + Computing Virtualization • Data Center as a Service

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the students will have a comprehensive understanding of the key issues and building blocks of modern Data Centre networks including :

1. Explain and discuss issues associated with Data Centre networking to address requirements of emerging and future internet applications

2. Describe key features of intra and inter Data Centres network and its design principles

3. Identify the transport technology issues associated with Data Centre networking

4. Compare main features of different network technologies (electronic and optical) and protocols for Data Centres

5. Explain Software Defined Network principles

6. Identify requirements and key processes of IT and Network virtualization

7. Describe features of optically switched Data Centre network and its design principles

Teaching details


Assessment Details

Exam, 2 hours, 100% (All ILOs)

Reading and References

Textbook (required): “Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective “, Rajiv Ramaswami, Kumar Sivarajan, and Galen Sasaki, , 3rd Edition, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 2009

Texbook (required): Optical WDM Networks”, Biswanath Mukherjee, Springer, 2006

Textbook: “IP over WDM: Building the Next Generation Optical Internet”, Sudhir Dixit, Wiley , 2003

Textbook: “ Optical Network Control: Architecture, Protocols, and Standards”, Greg Bernstein, Bala Rajagopalan, Debanjan Saha, Addison Wesley, 2004

Textbook: “DWDM: Networks, Devices, and Technology”, Stamatios V. Kartalopoulos, Wiley-IEEE Press ,2002

Textbook: GMPLS: Architecture and Applications”, Adrian Farrel and Igor Bryskin, Morgan Kaufmann, 2006

Texbook: “Enabling Optical Internet with Advanced Network Technologies”, Javier Aracil, Franco Callegati, Springer, 2009