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COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND MULTIMEDIA

CODE 83832
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 1st year of 9913 DIGITAL HUMANITIES - COMUNICAZIONE E NUOVI MEDIA (LM-92) - SAVONA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/03
    LANGUAGE Italian (English on demand)
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • SAVONA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course provides the basics of modern telecommunication networks and some knowledge on the techniques needed to produce and distribute multimedia contents. Moreover, the Internet  architecture is presented and the main characteristics of audio/video signals are discussed in order to motivate the opportunity and convenience of a suitable coding able to reduce information redundancy. Eventually, the principal products for multimedia streaming are shortly illustrated.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The module is aimed at providing the basics of modern telecommunication networks and some knowledge on the  coding techniques currently used to produce and distribute multimedia contents. The module also deals with the architecture of the Internet and describes the main characteristics of audio/video signals in order to motivate the opportunity and convenience of a suitable coding able to reduce information redundancy. Finally, the principal products for web streaming are presented.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Attendance, active participation to lectures, and individual study will allow students

    - to appreciate the actual advantages deriving from the modern telecommunication and computer networks;

    - to understand the structure of the Internet and its main services;

    - to know the main characteristics of audio/video signals and of most sutable codecs;

    - to know the principal techniques for audio/video podcasting/streaming.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures in attendance except for exceptions and/or specific restrictions due to the Covid-19 emergency.

    Further information will be available on the AulaWeb page devoted to the course.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Data transmission networks: history of packet switching; from the mainframe networks to the Internet. Internet organization, services, and protocols.

    Classification of networks: public and private networks, LAN, MAN, and WAN.

    Internet architecture and relevance of internetworking. Addressing Scheme in the Internet: advantages and drawbacks of a hierarchical addressing. Evoltution of the Internet Protocol (IP). Virtual Private Networks.

    Domain Name System. Examples of domain names.

    Multimedia systems. Analog-to-digital conversion. Quantization errors.

    Coding of audio/video signals. Advantages of coding and principal coding techniques currently used.

    Streaming platforms.



     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Reference book: F. Kurose, W. Ross – Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7th Edition

    Handouts (ppt slides) by the teacher.

    People who cannot attend the lectures will fruitfully use the reference book, especially focusing on the chapters that deal with the topics faced in the handouts.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Oral examination will focus on the topics covered during the lectures. The aim is to evalute the degree of learning, autonomy, reasoning skills achived by the student.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with disabilities or learning disorders are allowed to use specific modalities and supports that will be determined on a case-by-case basis in agreement with the Delegate of the Engineering courses in the Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities. Students are invited to contact the teacher of this course and copy the Delegate (https://unige.it/commissioni/comitatoperlinclusionedeglistudenticondisa…).