ECE 564 - Fall 2017
Advanced Topics in Computer Networks
Time and Place
Monday and Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45pm, Room 102, ECE Building.
Dr. Marwan Krunz
ECE Building, Room 365
Phone: (520) 621-8731
Office Hours: Monday 10-11am, Friday 3-4pm, and by
There is no textbook for this course. The material will be covered from
the following sources:
will be continuously assigned throughout the semester. You
should check this page
periodically for the latest assigned reading. Unless indicated otherwise,
you are responsible for the content of all assigned papers.
Notes will be provided in several parts, which will either be posted on
the D2L class page (https://d2l.arizona.edu)
or will be emailed directly to students.
To access the D2L page, you need to log in using your UA NetID and password.
- Assigned papers, Internet RFCs, and IEEE standards:
Technical articles from the literature will
be assigned throughout the semester. Their titles will be announced in class
and posted on this page. Electronic copies of such articles can often be obtained
from the UA Digital Library.
Papers not available in the UA Digital Library will be posted on the class web page or emailed
- Selected chapters from various books:
Occasionally, copyrighted material that is not available in electronic form
(e.g., a chapter from a published book) will be assigned. Such
material will be made available for on D2L.
Homework Assignments and Handouts
Check the D2L page of the class (requires UA Netid and password).
Assigned Reading (Unless indicated otherwise,
students are responsible for all assigned reading material)
- Quality of Service Overview
- J. Kurose, "Open issues and challenges in providing quality of service guarantees in high-speed networks,"
ACM/SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 6-15, Jan. 1993.
- RSVP and Integrated Services (IntServ)
- Paul White, "RSVP and integrated services in the Internet: A tutorial," IEEE Comm. Magazine, May 1997.
- RFC 2205, "Resource ReSerVation Protocol (RSVP) - Version 1
Functional Specification (Standards Track)," http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2205.txt
(Sections 1 and 2, Section 3.1-3.3).
- RTP, RTCP, and SIP
- Henning Schulzrinne and Jonathan Rosenberg, "Internet telephony:
Architecture and protocols - an IETF perspective," Computer Networks Journal,
vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 237-255, February 1999.
- SIP-related material distributed in class.
- Flow Control
- Wireless TCP
- Hari Balakrishnan, Venkata N. Padmanabhan, Srinivasan Seshan, and Randy H. Katz, "A
comparison of mechanisms for improving TCP performance over wireless links," IEEE/ACM Transactions
on Networking, vol. 5, no., 6, pp. 756-769, Dec. 1997.
- Book chapter available on D2L.
- Traffic Characterization
- Victor S. Frost and Benjamin Melamed, "Traffic modeling for telecommunications networks," IEEE Communications Magazine,
- Book chapter available on D2L (optional material)
- Wireless LANs and MANETs
- B. P. Crow, I. Widjaja, J. G. Kim, and P. T. Sakai, "IEEE 802.11
wireless local area networks," IEEE Communications Magazine,
Volume 35, Issue 9, pp. 116-126, Sept. 1997.
- Marwan Krunz, Alaa Muqattash,
and S.J. Lee, "Transmission power control in wireless ad hoc
networks: Challenges, solutions, and open issues," IEEE Network
Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 8-14, Sep. 2004.
- ECE 478/578 or an equivalent introductory course in computer networks.
- ECE 503 or an equivalent course in probability theory and random processes.
years, computer networks have been undergoing significant changes in their
design principles, architectures, protocols, and application scenarios. Emerging
networks are expected to carry diverse traffic types (e.g., video, audio,
images, and text), some of which have stringent delay and packet-loss transport
requirements. Quality-of-service (QoS) support became a fundamental block in the
design of intelligent networks. The exponential growth of the web has made it
critical to deploy web caching mechanisms at end-systems (clients and servers)
as well as within the network. Network services have been extended to the
wireless domain (e.g., via WiFi and Bluetooth), allowing for seamless
wired/wireless connectivity based on cellular as well as "ad hoc"
architectures. Sensor networking is emerging as an enabling technology for many
exciting sensor-based application domains, including environment monitoring,
seismic-structure response, marine microorganisms, etc.
The goal of this course is to expose students to recent advances
in wired and wireless networks, with focus on the architectural and
protocol aspects underlying the design and operation of such
networks. These aspects include, among others, medium access
protocols, routing protocols, quality-of-service provisioning,
traffic control, flow control, protocols for wireless LANs, ad hoc
networks, sensor networks, etc. (see list of topics).
In the process of learning network architectures and protocols,
students will be exposed to various analytical methods that are used
in the design and engineering of next-generation networks. They will
also use simulations to evaluate the performance of various design
|Homework Assignments ||30%|
|Quizzes (3-6) ||20%|
|Midterm Exam (tentatively on Wednesday Oct. 18) ||25%|
| Class Presentation ||25%|
|Class Participation (extra points)||10%|
Remark: Your homework assignments may require you
to perform numerical computations or run discrete-event simulations.
For assignments that require numerical computations, you will need
to write your own code using C or Matlab.
For assignments involving discrete-event simulations,
you are REQUIRED to use the Csim software.
Csim is a C-based programming environment for discrete-event
simulation, developed by Mesquite Software.
I will spend 1-2 weeks reviewing the basics of
Csim, but that will not be enough to cover all of its features. Therefore, you should start
reading the Csim documentation on your own as soon as possible, and before I cover it in class.
Csim's User's Guide is available online at http://www.mesquite.com/