Communication Networks

Prof. James P.G. Sterbenz <jpgs@eecs.ku.edu>
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
The University of Kansas

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H1N1 (Swine) Influenza Precautions and Requirements

While the H1N1 influenza pandemic has not become a worst-case scenario, it remains a serious risk that should not be underestimated. I strongly recommend that you get both the seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines, as I have, which are now widely available. The peak of the flu season traditionally falls in the middle of the spring semester.

If you feel like you are coming down with the cold or flu do not come to class or lab. Stay home until you are better or are sure that you don't have a fever that might indicate you have the flu. You are most contagious in the early stages and have the highest likelihood of infecting others in the class. Do not come to class until you have not had a fever for 24 hours. Do not come to class if you are sneezing of coughing. You will not be penalised for late work due to potential illness, and I will help you make up missed lecture material.

An important vector for spread of H1N1 is by physical contact. The virus can live for long periods of time on doorknobs and surfaces. I will have a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitiser in the lab and classroom, and I expect all students to use it before class begins and every time you enter the classroom or lab. I also strongly recommend that carry your own small bottle of alcohol-based sanitiser.

The Wikipedia Influenza Prevention article lists (with citation) the WHO and CDC prevention guidelines. You must read these. The following advice has been sent from the KU Provost Office [reprinted with permission]:

Course Description

EECS 780
3 credit hours

Comprehensive in-depth coverage to communication networks with emphasis on the Internet and the PSTN (wired and wireless). Extensive examples of protocols and algorithms are presented at all levels, including: client/server and peer-to-peer applications; session control; transport protocols, the end-to-end arguments and end-to-end congestion control; network architecture, forwarding, routing, signalling, addressing, and traffic management; quality of service, basic queuing (basic M/M/1 and Little's law) and multimedia applications; LAN architecture, link protocols, access networks and MAC algorithms; physical media characteristics and coding; network security and information assurance; network management.

Prerequisites

Basic working knowledge of computer systems, the Internet, and probability and statistics; basic programming skills, including the ability to use a text editor. Undergraduate students must have taken EECS 461 or equivalent and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Credit may not be received for more than one of EECS 563, 663, EECS 780 or EECS 700 Communication Networks.

Spring 2010 Offering Details

Refer to the main EECS 780 page for generic course information including textbooks and exam topics. This page contains schedule, laboratory, homework, and exam information specific to the Spring 2010 offering.

Time and Location

Spring 2010
Lecture: 18:10–21:00 Wed.
4 Regents Center, Edwards Campus
Section: EECS 780-1100 Course ID: LEC 73919
Discussion and Labs: 18:10–21:00 Mon.
Regents Center 368, Edwards Campus – meets only as necessary and as announced
Section: EECS 780-1200 Course ID: LBN 74347

Note: The laboratory session will meet when needed and as announced. With the exception of one or two mandatory lab sessions listed in the schedule below, other lab sessions are held to provide assistance with Wireshark, ns-3, and socket programming, for which attendance is optional. However, students who do not feel confident doing these on their own are expected to come to the lab session before asking for additional help. Additionally, lab sessions are used to make up lectures rescheduled due to travel, for optional exam review sessions, and for final term paper presentations if the class is large.

Instructor Office hours

Wed. 16:00–18:00 in 125U Regents Center
+1 913 897 8538
or by appointment
+1 785 864 7890
+1 785 864 8846

GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

Egemen Çetinkaya
<ekc@ittc.ku.edu>
+1 785 864 7450 (office: 235 Nichols)
+1 785 550 8369 (mobile)

Office Hours

Wed. 16:00–18:00
Regnier 368 or Regents Center 125U

Correspondence

All email correspondence to the instructor or GTA must contain a subject line beginning Subject: EECS780 - followed by a meaningful indicator of the content. The former is so that automatic email filters are likely to do the right thing; the latter is so that we know what the email regards when looking at the folder view in an email client. Email not following this guideline is likely to get misfiltered and be unread.

Students are encouraged to join the EECS 780 Facebook Group for discussions among class members.


Schedule

Tentative schedule of lectures, readings, assignments, and exams. Dates in the future likely to change, as each semester progresses differently. Lecture notes that do not have a 2010 date have not yet been updated for this term and are subject to minor changes before the corresponding class period.

EECS 780 Spring 2010 Schedule
Date Lecture Reading Term Paper Homework
Subject Key Protocols Required Optional Assignment Due
 20 Jan. Administrivia and Ethics
NET-AE [print] [display]
Ethics
Citation
introduction
schedule
 20 Jan. Preliminaries
NET-PR [print] [display]
ISO 7948-1 confirm that you know your EECS userid and password
 20 Jan. Lab: Introduction to
protocol analysis
with Wireshark
NET-L1 [print] [display]
download and install
Wireshark
 27 Jan. History and Architecture
NET-HA [print] [display]
PSTN
NPL, CYCLADES
ARPANET, NSFNET, Internet
 K:1
 S:2–2.2, 3–3.1.3
 [C1988]
S:2.3–2.4
[GW2004]:1
[P2000]:1,18
[S1994]:1
[HP1995]
[R1983]:1–4
K1: P5, P18, P24–27,
P30, P31
 03 Feb. 
 K1 Wireshark Lab 1:
Getting Started 
 10 Feb. 
 03,
 10 Feb.
Networked Applications
NET-AL [print] [display]
FTP (intl, sec)
HTTP, RSS, ICP (appl) CDI (model, scenarios)
NNTP (ext, msg)
SMTP (msg), MIME (types, text, intl, disp)
POP (ext), IMAP
IRC (arch, chan, client, serv)
Telnet (opt, bin, echo, supr, satus, time, list, others)
host requirements
Napster, Gnutella, BitTorrent
JXTA (protcols)
Grid: (services, data)
 K:2–2.4, 2.6–2.8
 S:8.1–8.2
S:8.3–8.5
[GW2004]:1
[S1994]:26-30
[KR2001]
[SW2005]:2–5
[R1983]:11
2 topic ideas
1–3 complete references each
due 15 Feb.
Templates:
[MS-Word]
[LaTeX (BibTeX; PDF)]
create personal:
wiki page,
Web page in
public_html in your ITTC account
or EECS account
using a text editor
10 Feb. 
K2: P4–6, P9,
P22, P25

K2 Wireshark Lab:
HTTP
 17 Feb. 
 10,
 17 Feb.
End-to-End Transport
NET-TL [print] [display]
UDP, (hdr compress)
TCP, (SACK, cong ctl, ECN, hdr compress, perf
T/TCP, (concept)
host requirements
 K:3
 S:7–7.2.2
 [SRC1984]
 [BF+2005]
[GW2004]:8.4–8.5
[S1994]:11,17–24
[PC1993]:12
[W2005]:1–3
topic feedback
class discussion
 K3: P3, P13, P19, P21,
P22, P24, P37, P38 

K3 Wireshark Lab:
Exploring TCP
 24 Feb. 
 17 Feb. Lab: Introduction to
Socket Programming
NET-L2 [print] [display]
 09 Mar. 
 24 Feb. Exam 1 upper layers K3 Wireshark Lab:
Exploring UDP
 10 Mar. 
 03,
 10 Mar.
Network Layer:
Addressing,
Forwarding,
Signalling
NET-NL [print] [display]
DNS (concept)
IP (subnets, CIDR arch, MTU, req), IGMP, ICMP
ARP, RARP
IPv6 (addr, ND, autoconfig, MTU), ICMPv6
DHCP, NAT (term)
host requirements

X.25 CONS
CLNP
ATM (sig)
MPLS (labels, TTL, null, RSVP-TE, attrib), GMPLS
PSTN, E.164
 K:2.5, 4–4.4
 S:5.2–5.3.4; 5.4–5.5
[GW2004]:8.1–8.3, 8.4, 9
[P2000]:6–11,13
[S1994]:3–8,12–14
[PC1993]:13
[R1983]:6–8,10
proposal
5 references
due 08 Mar.
Templates:
[MS-Word]
[LaTeX (BibTeX, figure; PDF)]
K4: P2, P9, P14, P15,
P17, P18, P19, P21

K2 Wireshark Lab:
DNS
 24 Mar. 
 17 Mar. spring break
 10,
 24 Mar.
Network Layer:
Routing
NET-NR [print] [display]
RIP, OSPF
ES-IS, IS-IS
BGP
ATM PNNI
PSTN HIER, DNHR, RTNR
 K:4.5–4.6
 [PMZ2004]
[GW2004]:7.1–7.6, 8.6–8.7
[P2000]12,14,17
[S1994]:9–10
[PC1993]:14
[A1998]:1
full abstract
detailed outline
updated references
due 29 Mar.
Templates:
[MS-Word]
[LaTeX (BibTeX; PDF)]
K4: P5, P24, P30, P33,
P38, P44

K4 Wireshark Lab: IP
and
 K4 Wireshark Lab: ICMP 
 31 Mar. 
 31 Mar. Lab: Introduction to
Network Simulation
with ns-3
NET-L3 [print] [display]
 20 Apr. 
 31 Mar. Link Layer and LANs
NET-LL [print] [display]
802.1, 802.2, 802.3
DH/PDH, SONET/SDH, OTN
VLAN trunking, L2TPv3
ARP, RARP
CATV DOCSIS
 K:5
 S:5.1.2–5.1.3
S:5.1.4
[GW2004]:4.1–4.7, 5
[P2000]:2–5
[S1994]:2
[R1983]:9
K5: P1, P3, P4, P5,
P14, P27, P28, P33,
P35, P36

K5 Wireshark Lab:
802.3 and Ethernet
 07 Apr. 
 07 Apr. Physical Layer
NET-PL [print] [display]
bits coded over
electrons, IR photons, RF waves
 S:5.1–5.1.1 [GW2004]:3
[S2007]:3–6
[R1983]:6,12
   
 14 Apr. Exam 2 lower layers
 19 Apr. Lab: Practical Aspects of Performance Analysis
NET-L4 [print] [display]
requires lab session attendance  Fri. 
 30 Apr. 
 21 Apr. MAC; Mobile and Wireless Networks
NET-MW [print] [display]
M-IP
802.11. Wi-Fi, 802.15 WPAN
802.16. WiMAX, 802.20 MBWA
DSDV, AODV, DSR OLSR
 K:6 [GW2004]:4.8, 6
[MM2004]
K5: P18, P25
K6: P1, P2, P3, P5, P7, P10, P16

K6 Wireshark Lab:
802.11
 Fri. 
 30 Apr. 
 28 Apr. Multimedia
and
Session Control
NET-MS [print] [display]
RTSP
RTP, RTCP (AV profile),
SIP (notify, IWF), SDP
H.323
 K:7.1–7.5 [GW2004]:10.6–10.7,12
[R1983]:5,16
draft paper
full references
due 26 Apr.
K7: P1, P2, P4, P10,
P11, P12, P17
 05 May 
 28 Apr. Traffic Management
and
QoS
NET-TQ [print] [display]
ECN (nonce)
IntServ (GS, CL)
RSVP (msg proc, IntServ, policy, BW red, applic)
DiffServ, (term, DSCP)
DS PHP (AF, EF, supl, del bnd), DS PDB, (LE)

ATM-TM (UBR rate, diff UBR)
MPLS-TE
 K:7.6–7.10 [GW2004]:11
[W2005]:4–6
[W2001]
[R1983]:5,16
K7: P26  05 May 
 03 May Oral Presentations oral presentation guidelines
electronic version due by 12:00 noon
Template:
[Powerpoint]
 03 May 
 05 May  05 May 
 03 May  Security and Survivability IPsec (AH, ESP)
MD5, SHA-1
DES, AES
RSA
SSL, TLS, SSH
WEP, WPA
 K:8 [S2003]
 03 May  Network Management SNMP  K:9 [S1994]:25
[R1983]:13–15
 10 May Review optional exam review session
368 Regnier
final paper
due 06 May
 12 May Exam 3
Final Exam
miscellaneous topics
comprehensive
 21 May  final grades available

Entries in the Reading column are chapters and sections
Entries in the Homework column are “problems” at the end of the chapter (not “review questions” nor “discussion questions”).

Reading assignments: K = Kurose & Ross, S = Sterbenz & Touch

Submission of Assignments

Homework and Lab Reports

Homework problems, Wireshark labs, and other lab assignments must follow submission requirements, and are due by email PDF attachment to the GTA Egemen Cetinkaya <ekc@ittc.ku.edu> and cc: instructor James P.G. Sterbenz <jpgs@eecs.ku.edu> at 23:59 on the date specified in the schedule table. The Subject: line must begin with the exact string EECS780 - assignment. Clicking on the mailto: URI above will properly address and subject-tag the email for homework assignments. Wireshark labs must be submitted in a separate email and must begin with the exact string EECS780 - Wireshark lab name (in which name is substituted with the lab name, such as HTTP)

Term Paper Milestones

Term paper submissions must use the either the LaTeX and BibTeX style or MS-Word templates linked in the table. Students who are my thesis advisees are required to use LaTeX, since this is the required format for theses. All submissions must be as a PDF attachment by email to the instructor James P.G. Sterbenz <jpgs@eecs.ku.edu> with cc: to the GTA Egemen Cetinkaya <ekc@ittc.ku.edu> by the 23:59 midnight on the specified day. The Subject: line must begin with the exact string EECS780 - term paper followed by the submission type {ideas, proposal, outline, draft, final}. Clicking on the mailto: URI above will properly address and subject-tag the email for term paper submissions. Refer to the main course page for further information.

Exams

EECS 780 Spring 2010 Exam Results
Exam  Minimum   Mean   Median   Maximum 
1 55 80 84.0 97
2 63 78 79.0 93
3 41 79 82.5 96
 comprehensive  53 78 80.0 93

 


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