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Computer Networking: Transport Layer

In this free online course, learn about computer networking in the transport layer of the TCP/IP protocol stack.

Network and Security
Free Course
In this free online course, you will learn about computer networking protocol; specifically at the transport layer. The various transport services in this layer are discussed, along with transport layer performance. How you can do socket programming in the socket programming framework is also covered. Boost your computer networking knowledge and skills, by studying this specialized course.
  • Duration

    5-6 Hours
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  • Certification

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In this free online course, you are introduced to the world of computer networking particularly focusing on the transport layer. You will explore how the transport layer creates an interface between the user application and the operating system, as well as ways of reducing a packet lifetime and the socket programming framework. Demonstrations, problems, examples, and assessment questions in this instructor-led video-based course, are designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation, which will enable you to take serious steps into understanding the Transport Layer in the protocol stack.

The course begins by introducing you to the role and tasks of the transport layer in computer networking. Then the concept of connection establishment in the network is discussed to help you understand the acceptable protocols for handling delayed duplicates. You will explore the congestion avoidance algorithm which is applied in order to regulate the sending rate, based on what the network can support.

The course includes topics on connection establishment, handling delayed duplicates, flow control, sliding window protocols, sequence numbers, buffer management, congestion control, TCP service model, socket programming, and more. This course will be of interest to computer engineering students, networking and programming professionals, or those looking to enhance their career prospects in the computer networking industry. Start this course here today.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain transport services and sliding window protocols
  • Discuss transport layer performance and transmission control protocol
  • Explain the transmission control protocol flow control process
  • Discuss connection unique identifiers and packet lifetime restrictions
  • Describe connection release and transport service primitives
  • Discuss application transport interfacing and congestion control in the network
  • Describe the transport layer process flow and the transmission control protocol
  • Discuss TCP timer management and congestion collapse
  • Explain the concept of application multiplexing in TCP/IP


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