INF9090 – The Future Internet Protocols

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Course content

In this course you'll learn about Multicast and CacheCast, as well as streaming through firewalls and NATS. In addition you'll work with Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANETs) and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), with Data Center Networks and Network Virtualization, and with Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs) and Autonomous Networking. You'll also learn about Software Defined Networks.

Learning outcome

After you have successfully passed this course:

  • You know the history of the Internet and about initiatives to improve Internet protocols to meet future challenges.
  • You understand the strength and weaknesses of the classical Internet protocols; how patches to the Internet solve problems, introduce new problems, and how these are solved; which networking challenges are introduced by data centers.
  • You have in depth knowledge about hardware and software support for network virtualization and the most important protocols for MANETs, WSNs and DTNs.
  • You have in-depth knowledge about the fundamental protocol concepts to handle challenges caused by mobility in MANETs, energy limitations in WSNs, and network partitions in DTNs.
  • You have the ability to identify weaknesses in protocol design and apply concepts and ideas revolutionary solutions for Future Internet protocols to improve existing protocols resp. to design new and better protocols.
  • You are able to explain the idea, application domains, concepts, and structure of Software Defined Networks.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF5090 – The Future Internet Protocols (continued)


Two to three hours lectures a week, emphasis is given on active involvement of the course participants in discussions and problem solving.

Mandatory presentation on selected topics in Software Defined Networks.

It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.


Oral or written examination (depending on the number of course attendees). All mandatory assignments must be passed to be allowed to take the exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF5090 – The Future Internet Protocols (continued).



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