The Sixth CEENet Workshop in Network Technology, August 19-27, 2000, Budapest, Hungary
The dynamic and innovative nature of the CEENet Education with respect to the organization and the execution of the workshops in the areas of technology, management and policy was broaden and reinforced again during the Sixth CEENet Workshop on Network Technology held in Budapest from August 19 to August 27, 2000. This was particularly true for Track 1: Engineering the Network – NATO ANW, colored for the first time with two new features: a pre-workshop course in distance education and a series of lectures covering the cutting edge developments in the area of network protocols.
Building on the previous experience in distance education and learning, developed through the Track 3 – Wired Education, a group of key lecturers from the Engineering the Network track designed and implemented a pre-workshop curriculum that included fundamental issues, principles and methods to be learned by the participants in order to provide them with the essential knowledge required to gain basic understanding in network engineering, to improve the selection process for the face-to-face workshop in Budapest, as well as to offer the right environment for introducing more advanced topics for the actual workshop.
The results were indeed gratifying, as the analysis of the evaluation of the workshop by the lecturers and the students indicates, both in the very good quality of the Programme content carried out in Budapest and the students present at the workshop.
Lecturers and Lectures
The following pool of lecturers and instructors carried all of the lectures, recicitations and labs in the Engineering the Network track out:
- Ksenija Furman, MSc. Manager, Academic and Research Network of Slovenia -ARNES
- Richard Perlman, Product and Documentation Manager, Lucent Technologies
- August Jauk, M.Sc. Technical Director, Academic and Research Network of Slovenia – ARNES
- Oliver B. Popov, Ph.D. Professor, University St. Cyril and Methodius, Macedonia, and MARNet
- Francois Fluckiger, Ph.D. Professor, CERN, University of Geneva
- Gorazd Bozic, M.Sc. CERT Manager, Academic and Research Network of Slovenia – ARNES
- Wolfgang Schneider, Ph.D. GMD, DFN and University of Darmstadt
- George Macri, M.Sc. Country Manager, Teleglobe
- Vesna Manojlovich , M.Sc. Support and Services, RIPE NCC
- Franjo Majstor, B.Sc. Consultant, EMEA, Cisco Systems
- Andres Szekely, M.Sc. Network designer, Cisco Systems, Hungary
The lecturers and the instructors worked very hard during the lectures and labs, and moreover during the informal meetings and free lab hours, to interact with the students and to enrich the live and vigorous education program with comments, discussions and appropriate explanations.
The Programme included topics such as:
- Serial Communications: there was a short overview of the basics such as different types of communications lines, the nature of synchronous and asynchronous transmission, protocols, ISDN service, and the three As (access, authorization, and authentication) procedures, cable modems, virtual private networks (VPNs) and IPSec
- Advanced Routing: the enumeration of the routing protocols and the primary objectives of protocol engineering in the domain of routing (specifications, design and development), IGP in a global context, the OSPF and its engineering attributes and implementation procedures.
- Quality of Service: congestion and flow control, the four parameters: delay, jitter, bandwidth, and reliability, how it affects design and what are the different classes of service, ways for observation, monitoring and measuring, integration and optimization.The role of TCP in flow control and congestion, in addition to the ramifications and implications to other topics such as Differentiated Services and Quality of Service.
- The Multimedia Challenge to the Infrastructure: high applications over a low infrastructure: a reality or an illusion – where simulation really makes the difference, some unqualified requirements, protocols for real time applications, mirroring and replication, and IP multicasting.
- Network Management: the architecture and the organization, tools for monitoring, how to extract and select the necessary data, performance analysis and predictions, models of fault management, accounting, planning, how to configure an optimal network for your needs, using the available commercial and non-commercial net management packages.
- IPv6: the next generation IP protocol, designed to improve scalability, security, network maintenance and management, how and when to migrate to IPv6, tools needed for transition, address allocation and configuration, and mobility, and the DNS set-up.
- Network Security: internal and external security, from private to distributed systems, an overview of the data encryption standards, security TCP/IP levels, types of attack, security incidents, firewalls, tools to support E-commerce, IPSec, secure e-mail, and the PKI technology
- The Pragmatics of Network Operations: organization of a LIR, updating and working with the RIPE databases, international entities CENTR, ICANN and CORE, user support, preserving your TLD, and implementing a reliable and secure DNS.