Communication Networks – Fall 2015

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

News and Announcements

This page is under construction based on the 2014 offering page. In particular, the dates in schedule table are still very fluid, and there will be significant changes to the homework assignments.

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, wireless, and IoT – Internet of things). 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; programmable and software-defined networks (SDN);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.

Fall 2015 Offering Details

This page contains schedule, laboratory, homework, and exam information specific to the Fall 2015 offering. Refer to the main EECS 780 page for generic course information including textbooks and exam topics.

Time and Location

Fall 2015
LectureDiscussion and Laboratory
Mon.Wed.
18:10–21:0018:10–21:00
3150 Learned245 BEST3150 Learned245 BEST
LawrenceEdwardsLawrenceEdwards
 EECS 780-1000  EECS 780-????  EECS 780-1500  EECS 780-1600 
LEC 29375LEC 33290DIS ?????DIS 33291

The lecture will be offered simultneously in Lawrence and on Edwards with a video-conference link between the two sites, with the instructor physically located in Lawrence. Edwards students may travel to Lawrence for lecture if they wish to participate in person.

The discussion or laboratory session will meet when needed and as announced, for students at the respective location.

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

Tue. 17:00–18:00 in 154 Nichols or 3036 Eaton (Lawrence), or by appointment.
Email, skype chat, or call before you come to confirm my location and availability.
+1 785 864 7890 (Nichols)
+1 785 864 8846 (Eaton)
or by appointment

GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

Truc Anh N. Nguyen <annguyen@ittc.ku.edu>
+1 785 864 7290 (office: 217 Nichols)

Office Hours

By appointment

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 and Google+ page 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, and some lectures will have to be rescheduled to discussion days due to travel requirements. Lecture notes that do not have a 2015 date have not yet been updated for this term and are subject to minor changes before the corresponding class period.

EECS 780 Fall 2015 Schedule
Date Lecture Reading Term Paper Homework
Subject Key Protocols Required Optional Assignment Due
 24 Aug. Administrivia and Ethics
NET-AE [print]  [display]
Ethics
Citation
introduction
schedule
 24 Aug. Preliminaries and
Network Science
NET-PR [print]  [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
 24 Aug. Lab: Introduction to
protocol analysis
with Wireshark
NET-L1 [print]  [display]
 download and install
Wireshark
 K1 Wireshark Lab:
 Getting Started 
 10 Sep. 
 31 Aug. 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
Homework 1
 K1: P6, P18,
P24–25,
P31–33
 08 Sep. 
 07 Sep. Labor Day – no class
 14,
 21 Sep.
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 Fri. 11 Sep.
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
22 Sep. 
Homework 2  
K2: P4–6, P9,
P22, P25

K2 Wireshark Lab:
HTTP
 29 Sep. 
 28 Sep. 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
Homework 3
 K3: P3, P14, P22,
P24, P26, P40 

K3 Wireshark Lab:
Exploring TCP
 06 Oct. 
K3 Wireshark Lab:
Exploring UDP
 13 Oct. 
 05 Oct. Exam 1 upper layers
 05 Oct. Lab: Introduction to
Socket Programming
NET-L2 [print]  [display]
~2 page proposal
+ 5 references
due Fri. 09 Oct.
Templates:
[LaTeX (BibTeX, figure; PDF)]
[MS-Word]
 Python only   22 Oct. 
 12 Oct. fall break
 19 Oct. 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
Homework 4a
K4: P2, P10, P14,
P19, P21, P23

K2 Wireshark Lab:
DNS
 27 Oct. 
 26 Oct. 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
Homework 4b
K4: P5, P26, P32, P35, P40

K4 Wireshark Lab: IP
and
 K4 Wireshark Lab: ICMP 
 03 Nov. 
 26 Oct. Lab: Introduction to
Network Simulation
with ns-3
NET-L3 [print]  [display]
 12 Nov. 
 02 Nov. 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 Fri 07 Nov.
Templates:
[LaTeX (BibTeX; PDF)]
[MS-Word]
Homework 5
K5: P1, P3, P14,
P22, P27, P29

K5 Wireshark Lab:
Ethernet and ARP
 10 Nov. 
 09 Nov. Exam 2 lower layers
 09 Nov. 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
   
 16 Nov. 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
K6: P1, P5,
P7, P10, P16

K6 Wireshark Lab:
802.11
 24 Nov. 
 23 Nov. 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 Fri. 04 Dec.
K7: P1, P6,
P11, P13
 01 Dec. 
 23 Nov. 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: P20  01 Dec. 
 30 Nov.  Security and Survivability IPsec (AH, ESP)
MD5, SHA-1
DES, AES
RSA
SSL, TLS, SSH
WEP, WPA
 K:8 [S2011]
 30 Nov.  Network Management SNMP  K:9 [S1994]:25
[R1983]:13–15
 07,
 09 Dec.
Oral Presentations oral presentation guidelines
electronic version due
in Powerpoint and PDF
by 12:00 noon
day before
presentation

Template:
[Powerpoint]
final paper
due 10 Dec.
 14 Dec. Exam 3
Final Exam
miscellaneous topics
comprehensive
 30 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, 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 Truc Anh N. Nguyen<annguyen@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 PhD dissertations, MS theses and MS project reports . 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 Truc Anh N. Nguye <annguyen@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 Fall 2015 Exam Results
Exam  Minimum   Mean   Median   Maximum 
1
2
3
 comprehensive 

 


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