Communication Networks – Spring 2012

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

News and Announcements

Scheduling announcement: The first class meeting will be the lecture session on 23 January (there will be no lab session the previous week).

This page is under construction based on the 2012 offering page. In particular, the dates in schedule table are still very fluid.

Feel free to join the EECS 780 Facebook group and add the Google+ page.

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 and EECS 563 or equivalent and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Spring 2012 Offering Details

This page contains schedule, laboratory, homework, and exam information specific to the Spring 2012 offering. Refer to the main EECS 780 page for generic course information including textbooks and exam topics.

Time and Location

Spring 2012
LectureLaboratory and Discussion
Mon.Tue.Wed.
18:10–21:0018:10–20:00
246 Nichols251 Regnier2060 Eaton368 Regnier
LawrenceEdwardsLawrenceEdwards
 EECS 780-1300  EECS 780-1500  EECS 780-1400  EECS 780-1600 
LEC 65193LEC 60166LBN 65194LBN 60311

The lecture will be offered simultneously in Lawrence and on Edwards with a video-conference link between the two sites. The instructor and GTA will alternate between the locations. Note that is a continuing experiment, and students may be asked to travel between locations if there are problems.

The laboratory session will meet when needed and as announced, for students at the respective location. 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, socket programming, and GpENI 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

Mon. 16:00–18:00 in 125U Regents Center or 154 Nichols, depending on week.
Email, skype chat, or call before you come to confirm my location and availability.
+1 785 864 7890 (Nichols)    +1 913 897 8538 (Edwards)
+1 785 864 8846 (Eaton)
or by appointment

GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

Dongsheng Zhang <dzhang@ittc.ku.edu>
+1 785 864 7290 (office: 217 Nichols)
+1 785 691 5803 (mobile)

Office Hours

Mon. 16:00–18:00 in 368 Regnier or 235 Nichols, depending on week.
Email, skype chat, or call before you come if you are unsure of my location.

Correspondence

All email correspondence to the instructor or GTA must contain a subject line beginning exactly 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, and some lectures will have to be rescheduled to lab days due to travel requirements. Lecture notes that do not have a 2012 date have not yet been updated for this term and are subject to minor changes before the corresponding class period.

EECS 780 Spring 2012 Schedule
Date Lecture Reading Term Paper Homework
Subject Key Protocols Required Optional Assignment Due
 23 Jan. Administrivia and Ethics
NET-AE [print] [display]
Ethics
Citation
introduction
schedule
 23 Jan. Preliminaries and
Network Science
NET-PR [print] [display]
ISO 7948-1 confirm that you know your EECS userid and password
confirm that you can generate PDF
confirm that you can use a serious text editor
 23 Jan. Lab: Introduction to
protocol analysis
with Wireshark
NET-L1 [print] [display]
download and install
Wireshark
 30 Jan. class rescheduled to 08 Feb.
 06 Feb. 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
 06 Feb. 
 K1 Wireshark Lab 1:
Getting Started 
 13 Feb. 
 13,
 15 Feb.
Networked Applications and
Social Networking
NET-AL [print] [display]
Facebook, Twitter, Google+
Cloud (PaaS, IaaS, SaaS) services (EC2, etc.)
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 17 Feb.
Templates:
[LaTeX (BibTeX; PDF)]
[MS-Word]
create personal:
wiki page,
Web page in
public_html in your ITTC account
or EECS account
using a text editor
15 Feb. 
K2: P4–6, P9,
P22, P25

K2 Wireshark Lab:
HTTP
 20 Feb. 
 20 Feb. End-to-End Transport
NET-TL [print] [display]
UDP, (hdr compress)
TCP, (SACK, cong ctl, ECN, hdr compress, perf
BIC, CUBIC, CTCP
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
 27 Feb. 
K3 Wireshark Lab:
Exploring UDP
 05 Mar. 
 20 Feb. Lab: Introduction to
Socket Programming
NET-L2 [print] [display]
 12 Mar. 
 27 Feb. Exam 1 upper layers
 27 Feb.
 05 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
~2 page proposal
+ 5 references
due 09 Mar.
Templates:
[LaTeX (BibTeX, figure; PDF)]
[MS-Word]
K4: P2, P9, P14, P15,
P17, P18, P19, P21

K2 Wireshark Lab:
DNS
 12 Mar. 
 12, 28 
 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
K4: P5, P24, P30, P33,
P38, P44

K4 Wireshark Lab: IP
and
 K4 Wireshark Lab: ICMP 
 19 Mar. 
 12 Mar. Lab: Introduction to
Network Simulation
with ns-3
NET-L3 [print] [display]
 28 Mar. 
 19 Mar. spring break  read for term paper 
 Wed. 
 28 Mar.
 02 Apr.
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
full abstract
detailed outline
updated references
due 06 Apr.
Templates:
[LaTeX (BibTeX; PDF)]
[MS-Word]
K5: P1, P3, P4, P5,
P14, P27, P28, P33,
P35, P36

K5 Wireshark Lab:
Ethernet and ARP
 02 Apr. 
 02 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
   
 09 Apr. Exam 2 lower layers
 09 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
 16 Apr. 
 11 Apr. Lab: Programmable Network
Experiments with GpENI
NET-L5 [print] [display]
requires lab session attendance  – 
 16 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 20 Apr.
K7: P1, P2, P4, P10,
P11, P12, P17
 23 Apr. 
 16 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  23 Apr. 
 23 Apr. Lab: Practical Aspects of Performance Analysis
NET-L4 [print] [display]
requires lab session attendance  30 Apr. 
 30 Apr.  Security and Survivability IPsec (AH, ESP)
MD5, SHA-1
DES, AES
RSA
SSL, TLS, SSH
WEP, WPA
 K:8 [S2003]
 30 Apr.  Network Management SNMP  K:9 [S1994]:25
[R1983]:13–15
 02 May Oral Presentations oral presentation guidelines
electronic version
due by 12:00 noon
Template:
[Powerpoint]

final paper
due 04 May
 TBD Review optional exam review session
368 Regnier
 07 May Exam 3
Final Exam
miscellaneous topics
comprehensive
 18 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 Dongsheng Zhang <dzhang@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. You may prepare homework assignments using a word/text processing program or scan handwritten pages. Handwritten assignments that are not neatly prepared and easily legible will not be graded. 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 Dongsheng Zhang <dzhang@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 2012 Exam Results
Exam  Minimum   Mean   Median   Maximum 
1 69 85 87 97
2 55 79 80 100
3
 comprehensive 

 


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