Checking date: 21/03/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Software Networks
Bachelor in Mobile and Space Communications Engineering (Plan: 442 - Estudio: 217)

Coordinating teacher: OLIVA DELGADO, ANTONIO DE LA

Department assigned to the subject: Telematic Engineering Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Communications Networks and Services
This course describes the principles of software networks, namely network function virtualization and software defined networking. To achieve this objective, the student must acquire specific knowledge and capacities: - Understand the technological and market context triggering the need of network virtualization technologies. - Know and understand the principal virtualization technologies, including virtual machines and containers. - Understand the basics of programmable data planes. - Know the principal architecture of network function virtualization. - Implement, deploy and configure in the lab a realistic network service on a virtualization platform.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The programme is divided into four parts: FIRST PART (Introduction): - Presentation and introduction of the course. - Introduction to Software Networks. SECOND PART (Virtualization): - Introduction to virtualization. - Hypervisors. - Virtual machines. - Containers. - Hardware support to virtualization. THIRD PART (Network Function Virtualization): - Introduction and motivation. - NFV architecture. - Software architecture. FOURTH PART (Software defined networks): - Introduction to SDN. - SDN architecture and OpenFlow basics. - OpenFlow and Integration with NFV.
Learning activities and methodology
The teaching methodology includes: (1) Theoretical classes. Students will be provided with the learning objectives to be covered in which lecture and the specific material to prepare it (prior to the actual class). In these classes, the concepts related to the learning objectives are revised and, with the participation of the students, the acquired knowledge will be checked and strengthened interactively (POs a, j). (2) Laboratory classes in computer rooms, where students will configure network virtualization tools.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • William Stallings. Foundations of Modern Networking: SDN, NFV, QoE, IoT, and Cloud. Addison-Wesley Professional. 2015
Additional Bibliography
  • Ken E. Gray and Thomas D. Nadeau. Network Function Virtualization. Morgan Kaufmann. 2016
  • Ken Gray and Tom Nadeau. SDN: Software Defined Networks: An Authoritative Review of Network Programmability Technologies. O'Reilly. 2013

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.