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Internet Measurement (Lecture, SoSe 2020)

As our social, economic, and civil activity is moving online, we heavily rely on the Internet. However, despite the critical role of the Internet, our ability to answer simple questions regarding the state, resilience, and performance of the Internet is rather limited. For example, it is challenging to estimate how many devices are connected online, how networks interconnect and exchange traffic, how secure are our communication over the Internet, how private are our website visits, and how good is the performance of services and applications that run on top of the Internet. In this course, we will discuss principles and empirical (data-driven) methods to measure the Internet towards answering all the above questions.

Topics of the course include:

  • Inference of the Internet topologies (logical, router, physical) with active and passive measurements
  • Measurement of Internet infrastructures: Internet Service Providers, Internet Exchange Points, and Content Delivery Networks
  • Network flow and traffic measurements
  • Traffic modeling and characterization
  • Network performance measurement
  • Web measurement
  • IP geo-location
  • Special topics on measuring Internet security and privacy


Georgios Smaragdakis
Event type:
Lecture (Vorlesung)
Diplom Informatik: Operating and Communication Systems / Betriebs- und Kommunikationssysteme (BKS)
Master of Computer Science: Communication-Based Systems (Master Informatik: Kommunikations­basierte Systeme)
Master of Computer Engineering: Technical Applications (Master Technische Informatik: Technische Anwendungen)
Bachelor of Computer Science: Communication Technology (Bachelor Informatik: Kommunikations­technik)
Bachelor of Computer Engineering: Computer Engineering (Bachelor Technische Informatik: Technische Informatik)
Part of the modules MINF-KT-NA/VTK.S13, MINF-KT-NA/VTG.S13
tuesday, 2pm-4pm
First meeting:
21 April 2020
Virtual Course via meet@ISIS
Course ID:
0432 L 813
bachelor students after their basic studies (from the fifth semester on), master students, and Diplom students
basic studies / basic modules
as well as the lectures "Network Protocols and Architectures" (Prof. Zinner), "TechGI 4" (Prof. Wolisz), or equivalent
further Information:
see ISIS



If you are interested in attending please make sure you are subscribed to this course in ISIS to receive information and announcements.

A module registration is also required for Bachelor and Master students. Further information will be given in the lecture and via ISIS.


Information such as dates and formalia will be given in time.



  • James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach. Addison-Wesley, fourth edition, 2007. (englisch), online version (preliminary version of 1st edition, password will be given during the course)
    Ressources: 2nd edition, 3rd edition
  • Mark Crovella, Balachander Krishnamurthy. Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications. Wiley, 2006. (english)

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