University of Information Technology

Data Center Networking and the New Converged Internet

Course Description

The networked datacenter must also be considered in the context of how it is embedded in the wide-area Internet. Modern datacenters are no longer single nodes, but rather are organized into geographically distributed “fleets” of datacenters interconnected by wide-area fiber. New approaches will be needed for effective managing end-to-end connections in this highly converged, virtualized, and software-enabled network architecture.

The aims of this course are:

  • To discuss about Future Internet/Cloud Computing Survey and High Performance Interconnects.
  • To explain about Datacenter Topologies, Datacenter Traffic and Network Performance.
  • To describe about the Software-Defined Networking and Network Virtualization.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • design Datacenter Topologies.
  • create Software-Defined Networking using open source software.
  • comprehend New Converged Internet: Datacenter + SDN Control + Cellular Data Network.

Text and References Books


  1. High Performance Datacenter Networks, Architectures, Algorithms and Opportunities. Dennis Abts Google Inc. John Kim, (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
  2. CCNA Data Center, DCICN 640-911. Cisco official Cert Guide
  3. The 2015 Guide to SDN and NFV, Dr.Jim Metzler, Ashton Metzler & Associates Distinguished Research Fellow and Co-Founder Webtorials Analyst Division
  4. Software Defined Networking for Dummies, Brian Underdahl, Gary Kinghorn

Assessment system

Evaluation Marks Percentage
Class Participation 10 Marks 10%
Tutorial 10 Marks 10%
Assignments/Project 20 Marks 20%
Final Examination 60 Marks 60%