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Unit information: Data Center Networking in 2021/22

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
Pre-requisites

EENG30002 Networking Protocol Principles (3)
EENGM0033 Principles of Communication Systems

Co-requisites

None

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

Description including Unit Aims

The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of network technologies, principles and control of Data Centres and Clouds as critical building blocks of Internet operation and services. This unit introduces students to:

  • A systematic understanding of modern data centre networks. It covers most of the relevant technologies to implement the current data centres, including network infrastructure, hardware implementation, network protocols, network routing and other DCN technologies.
  • Current DCN architectures and the latest trends of DCN design. The evolution of DCN architecture reflects the change of the dominant network traffic and the main applications in DCNs.
  • Knowledge about interconnection networks, including network topology, CLOS networks, routing, and flow control.
  • A brief introduction of recent DCN protocols, including data centre bridge, fibre channel.
  • Three lab sessions will demonstrate the implementation of a simple DCN simulation.

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

  • Explain and discuss issues associated with Data Centre networking to address requirements of emerging and future internet applications
  • Describe key features of intra and inter Data Centres network and its design principles
  • Identify the transport technology issues associated with Data Centre networking
  • Compare the main features of different network technologies (electronic and optical) and protocols for Data Centres
  • Explain Software Defined Network principles
  • Identify requirements and key processes of IT and Network virtualization

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 Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

Coursework (20%) and Exam (Summer, 80%)

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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