CESE4050 Measuring and simulating the internet

Topics: State-of-the-art in internet measurements research

The Internet is a complex network without a fixed structure. Hence, measuring the Internet is crucial to acquire knowledge about the Internet infrastructure (topology), traffic, and performance (e.g., loss, delay, bandwidth, etc.). This course will discuss the design requirements and challenges in measuring and simulating the Internet, and the existing measurement methodologies (how/where/when to measure). Knowledge of how to conduct and evaluate Internet measurements enables the design and enhancement of a large set of applications, including: capacity planning and traffic engineering, network management and trouble-shooting, detecting network abuse and intrusions, etc.

Study Goals

The goal of this course is to introduce the students to basic Internet measurement tools, as well as the state-of-the-art in Internet measurements research. The students will learn several Internet measurement techniques (e.g., active vs. passive measurements), and different software tools. Through a measurement assignment, the students will learn how to define/formulate a research problem, choose a specific approach, and complete a measurements-related research project.


dr.ir. Fernando Kuipers (NAS)

Network algorithms: routing, Quality of Service, network survivability, optical networks, content distribution

Last modified: 2023-11-03


Credits: 5 EC
Period: 0/0/2/0
Contact: Fernando Kuipers