Introduction to Communication Networks – Fall 2016

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

News and Announcements

Sorry for the delay: final exams are graded, but final grades are still being computed and will be uploaded Wed. 28 Dec. WG is an automatic placeholder, and not your final grade.

I will hold special office hours Tue. 13 Dec. 15:00–16:00 in Eaton 3036, coinciding with the grader hours if you have any questions about class material before the final exam. The final exam is Wed. 14 Dec. 07:30–10:00

ICN-MT lecture notes are online.

Important grader hours note: The grader will hold office hours on Tue. 13 Dec. 15:00–18:00 instead of this Fri. 09 Dec. You can probably pick up your homework assignments #8 and #9 during these hours if you wish to fetch them and ask questions before the final exam. I will be in my Eaton 3036 office during normal office hours Tue. 12 Dec. 11:00–12:00 if you have additional non-homework questions or wish to pick up older graded homework. Any remaining RCH resubmissions must be submitted to me during the final exam period

Please submit your online course evaluations.

Study guide topics for third exam have been updated on the main course page.

ICN-MW and ICN-SR lecture notes now online. ICN-MT will go online Fri. 09 Nov.

For Homoeork 9 P17, you should use Figure 8.21 instead of 8.19.

There is a large pile of unclaimed graded homework assignments in my office. Come to office hours if you wish to revrieve yours.

Final exam review will be on 08 Dec.

Feel free to join the EECS 563 Facebook group

Course Description

EECS 563
3 credit hours

An introduction to the principles used in communication networks is given in this course. Topics include a discussion of the uses of communications networks, network traffic, network impairments, standards, layered reference models for organizing network functions. Local Area Network technology and protocols are discussed. Link, network, transport layer protocols, and security are introduced. TCP/IP networks are stressed. VoIP is used as an example throughout the course. Basic concepts of network performance evaluation are studied, both analytical and simulation techniques are considered.

Prerequisites

EECS 168 or 169 (programming) and EECS 461 or Math 525 (probability).

This course is intended for undergraduates; graduate students should take EECS 780.

Fall 2016 Offering Details

This page contains schedule, laboratory, homework, and exam information specific to the Fall 2016 offering. Refer to the main EECS 563 page for generic course information including textbooks and exam topics.

Time and Location

Fall 2016
Lecture
 Tue. Thu. 
09:30–10:45
Learned 1136
Lawrence
 563-1000 
LEC 19222

Instructor Office hours

Tue. and Thu. 11:00–12:00 in my Eaton 3036 office or by appointment, on weeks I'm not travelling.
Email or skype chat before you come if you are unable to ask me in class.

Grader

Xinyang Rui <ruixy@ku.edu>
+1 785 865 6523

Office Hours

Friday 14:00–17:00
1005A Eaton
Can be extended to 18:30 on request if prearranged by email

Correspondence

All email correspondence to the instructor or GTA must contain a subject line beginning exactly Subject: EECS563 - 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 welcome to join the EECS 563 Facebook Group for discussions among class members.


Schedule

Tentative schedule of lectures, readings, assignments, and exams. Dates in the future are likely to change, as each semester progresses differently. Lecture notes that do not have a 2016 date have not yet been updated for this term and are subject to minor changes before the corresponding class period.

EECS 563 Fall 2016 Schedule
Date Lecture Reading Homework
Subject Key Protocols Required Optional Assignment Due
 23, 25
 Aug.
Administrivia and Ethics
Course Overview
ICN-AE [display]
Ethics
Citation
 30
 Aug.
Preliminaries and
Foundations
ICN-PR [display]
ISO 7948-1 confirm that you know your
EECS userid and password
confirm that you can:
(1) generate PDF
(2) use a serious text editor
 01
 Sep.
Introduction to
protocol analysis
with Wireshark
ICN-WS [display]
 download and install
Wireshark
 K1 Wireshark Lab:
 Getting Started 
 15 Sep. 
 06, 08
 Sep.
History and Architecture
ICN-HA [display]
PSTN
NPL, CYCLADES
ARPANET
NSFNET Internet
 K:1
 [C1988]
 S:2, 3–3.1.3
[GW2004]:1
[P2000]:1,18
[S1994]:1
[HP1995]
[R1983]:1–4
Homework 1
 K1: P18,
P24, P25,
P31
 15 Sep. 
 13, 15
 20, 22
 Sep.
Networked Applications and
Social Networking
ICN-AL [display]
Cloud (PaaS, IaaS, SaaS)
HTTP, SMTP (msg), IMAP
BitTorrent
 K:2  S:8.1–8.5
[GW2004]:1
[S1994]:26-30
[KR2001]
[SW2005]:2–5
[R1983]:11
Homework 2  
K2: P4, P5
P9,
P22, P25

K2 Wireshark Lab:
HTTP
29 Sep. 
 26, 29
 Sep.
End-to-End Transport
ICN-TL [display]
UDP
TCP
 K:3
 [SRC1984]
 S:7–7.2.2
[GW2004]:8.4–8.5
[S1994]:11,17–24
[PC1993]:12
[W2005]:1–3
Homework 3
 K3: P3,
P22, P24, P26,
P40 

K3 Wireshark Lab:
Exploring TCP
and
Wireshark Lab:
Exploring UDP
 06 Oct. 
 04 Oct. Introduction to
Socket Programming
ICN-SP [display]
 Python only   25 Oct. 
 06
 Oct.
Exam 1 review upper layers
 11
 Oct.
fall break
 13
 Oct.
Exam 1 upper layers
 18, 20
 Oct.
Network Layer:
Addressing,
Forwarding,
Signalling
ICN-NL [display]
DNS (concept)
IP, ICMP
IPv6 (addr), ICMPv6
 K: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
Homework 4
K2: P18,
K4: P5, P9, P16, P19

K2 Wireshark Lab:
DNS
 27 Oct. 
 25, 27
 Oct.
Network Layer:
Routing
ICN-NR [display]
OSPF
BGP
 K:5.1–5.5
[GW2004]:7.1–7.6, 8.6–8.7
[P2000]12,14,17
[S1994]:9–10
[PC1993]:14
[A1998]:1
Homework 5
K5: P3, P12, P17

K4 Wireshark Lab: IP
and
 K5 Wireshark Lab: ICMP 
 03 Nov. 
 27
 Oct. 
Network Management
ICN-NM
SNMP  K:5.6–5.7 [S1994]:25
[R1983]:13–15
 01, 03
 Nov.
Link Layer and LANs
ICN-LL [display]
802.1, 802.2
802.3
SONET/SDH
ARP
 K:6
 
 S:5.1.2–5.1.4
[GW2004]:4.1–4.7, 5
[P2000]:2–5
[S1994]:2
[R1983]:9
Homework 6
K6: P3, P14,
P22, P27, P32

K6 Wireshark Lab:
Ethernet
 10 Nov. 
 08
 Nov.
Physical Layer
ICN-PL [display]
transmission media
line coding
 S:5.1–5.1.1
[GW2004]:3
[S2007]:3–6
[R1983]:6,12
 10, 15
 Nov.
MAC;
Mobile and Wireless Networks
ICN-MW [display]
M-IP
802.11
 K:7 [GW2004]:4.8, 6
[MM2004]
Homework 7
K6: P18
K7: P1, P5, P7, P10

K7 Wireshark Lab:
802.11
 22 Nov. 
 15
 Nov.
Exam 2 review lower layers
 17
 Nov.
Exam 2 lower layers
 29
 Nov. 
 06
 Dec. 
Security,
Resilience, and Survivability
ICN-SR [display]
IPsec (AH, ESP)
MD5, SHA-1
DES, AES
RSA
SSL, TLS, SSH
WEP, WPA
 K:8 [S2011] Homework 8
K8: P11, P17, P23, P25
 08 Dec. 
 24
 Nov.
Thanksgiving holiday
 08
 Dec.
Multimedia Networking,
Session Control,
Traffic Management
ICN-MT [display]
RTSP
RTP, RTCP
SIP ECN,
IntServ, RSVP
DiffServ, (term)
 K:9 [GW2004]:10.6–10.7,12
[R1983]:5,16
[W2005]:4–6
[W2001]
Homework 9
K9: P1, P6, P13
P17
 08 Dec. 
 08
 Dec.
Final exam review miscellaneous topics
comprehensive
 14
 Dec.
Exam 3
Final Exam
miscellaneous topics
comprehensive
 24
 Dec. 
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 (required) S = Sterbenz & Touch (optional on reserve)

Submission of Assignments

Homework; Wireshark and Socket Programming Reports

Homework problems, Wireshark exercises, and the socket programming assignment must follow submission requirements, and are due in class or to the EECS office before closing on the date specified in the schedule table. You may prepare homework assignments using a word/text processing program or neatly handwritten. Handwritten assignments that are not neatly prepared and easily legible will not be graded.

EECS 563 Fall 2016 Exam Results
Exam  Minimum   Mean   Median   Maximum 
1 42 73.8 75.5 100
2 25 67.6 71.0   95
3
 comprehensive 

 


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