IMPORTANT: if attending this course, it is mandatory you register with ILIAS and join the Zoom Q&A sessions on Tuesdays, 11:45am!

The University of Konstanz continues to be in "Notbetrieb" (standby operations)

  • This course is running online, until at least 15 June 2020.
  • All the relevant material will be provided via ILIAS.
  • Please contact Dang Mai for the ILIAS password.
  • The introductory lecture will be provided on ILIAS before the semester start. Please watch it if you consider attending the course.
  • We will be happy to answer your questions on Tuesday, 21 April 2020, starting with 11:45. The necessary information on how to attend this first online meeting using Zoom will be provided on ILIAS.
  • Looking forward to our first meeting, and wish you a good start in the new digital semester!


  • Course (­Dr. Georgiana Caltais)
  • Tuesday 11:45 - 13:15  (online)       Start: 21 April 2020
  • Tutorial (Dang Mai, Mathew Smith, Dr. Georgiana Caltais)
  • Monday  11:45 - 13:15  (online)      Start: 27 April 2020


Teaching methods

Directed Studies Course - weekly reading assignments that will be presented by participants and discussed during the lectures, weekly tutorials.

Learning objectives

Nowadays, everything is connected and is accessible from anywhere, through Internet. Nevertheless, traditional IP networks are complex and very hard to manage. Amongst others, issues comprise: difficulty to configure the networks according to predefined policies, difficulty to handle faults, load and changes.

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging paradigm that tackles these issues, by separating the control and data planes, and by introducing the ability to program the network. This way, SDN aims at simplifying the network management, and at facilitating network evolution. SDN is being deployed in data-centre networks by companies such as Google and wide-area networks by companies such as Vodafone, and can represent a next major step in the evolution of network technology.

Course literature

Paul Göransson, Chuck Black, Timothy Culver. Software Defined Networks - A Comprehensive Approach. Second Edition. (main handbook)
Further literature references may be suggested during the lectures.

Target group

BA-Students >= 4. Semester
undergoing courses in computer science / software engineering.

A past course on networking is helpful but not required. Concepts will be introduced as required.

Mandatory requirement

Language: English


ECTS-points: 6