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iLabX - The Internet Masterclass

The iLabs are a very successful teaching series about distributed systems and networking. Together, the iLabs reached far more than 2000 students between 2004 and 2018. The iLabs currently consist of five courses:

What is it about?

"iLabX – the Virtual Internet Laboratory" is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that teaches people all over the world from spring 2019 on how the backbone of today’s Internet technically works. The course runs takes about six weeks. It runs on edX.

The course “iLabX - The Internet Masterclass” starts for the first time on May 27, 2019. The iLabX course explains how the Internet works from the ground up. It uses many practical examples and exercises that make you not only understand, but also configure key components such as routers or webservers yourself. You will step by step set up your own Internet! Join our mascot ilabee for mastering the 6 summits of the Internet mountains.

Der Kurs “iLabX - Die Internet Meisterschule“ startet am 27. Mai 2019. iLabX erklärt wie das Internet von Grund auf funktioniert. Viele praktische Beispiele und Übungen erlauben, die Kernkomponenten des Internet wie Router oder Webserver nicht nur zu verstehen sondern diese selbst zu konfigurieren. Stück für Stück bauen wir das Internet nach. Auf geht es mit der iLab Biene ilabee zu den sechs Gipfeln der Internet Mountains!

Among the many special things about this course are:

  • It is for diverse audience from non-computer experts to networking professionals.
  • It does not only explain how the Internet works but it also makes you practically explore the technologies you learn about.
  • It is made by people having more than 15 experience in teaching.
  • The instructors are the best ;-)

If you want to be informed about the course start, write us an email to ilabx AT ilabxp DOT com.

When will it start?

Why should I participate?

iLabX - The Internet Masterclass is special because of many reasons including offering:

  • vLab - a novel virtual testbed for a virtual hands-on on your PC.
  • iLab - a well-approved and multiple times awarded teaching concept.
  • A highly motivated fantastic team!

What are the topics?

The iLabX covers the fundamental technologies that drive today's Internet:

  1. Week 1:Layer 1+2: Basics, Physics
  2. Week 2: Layer 3: IPv6, IPv4
  3. Week 3: Layer 3:Routing
  4. Week 4: TCP, UDP
  5. Week 5: DNS, HTTP(s)
  6. Week 6: Firewall, NAT64

Here is our trailer sequence that starts each week:

The trailer introduces the iLab.owl and of course the iLabee ;-)

Interview with Vint Cerf on why the MOOC matters

At the occasion of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, I had the chance to interview Vint Cerf. Together with Bob Kahn, Vint designed the internet in the early 1970s. In the interview we talk about why understanding the basics of the Internet matters.


For the creation of the MOOC I built a great team consisting of:

  • Marc-Oliver Pahl (lead)
  • Stefan Liebald (course development)
  • Edwin Cordeiro (course development)
  • Lars Wüstrich (course development)
  • Moritz Sichert (virtual lab environment)
  • Lucas Wolf (course development)
  • Donika Mirdita (course development)
  • Kirill Kldiashvili (course development)
  • Jonas Andre (testing)
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