EE6413: Advanced Topics in Networking Technologies  (Semester A 2007/2008)


Office hours: 16:00-17:00, every Wednesday

Contact Info.: Room G6412. Tel: 27887141.


Lecture Time: 18:30-21:20, every Thursday; Venue: CSC Room Neptune

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Description: The goal of this course is to introduce principles and protocols of various advanced networking technologies. Special attention will be given to wireless networking.



Proposal                                        due on Oct. 11

Presentation (30%)                         during last five weeks

Final report (40%) + Exam (30%)    due on Dec. 1


Project Guidelines:

     Projects can be of two types: 1) technical survey; 2) research on open problems

Suggested Topics include (not limited to):

  1. Resource allocation in cooperative networks
  2. Cross-layer optimization in wireless networks
  3. Distributed scheduling algorithms for wireless networks
  4. Stability analysis of random access protocols
  5. random access with multi-packet reception
  6. routing strategies in mobile ad hoc networks
  7. Network coding for wireless networks
  8. Capacity of wireless networks


Reference books:

* James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition), Addison Wesley, May 2004.

* C. Siva Ram Murthy and B. S. Manoj, Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Architectures and Protocols, Prentice Hall, 2004.

* Dimitri Bertsekas and Robert Gallager, Data Networks (2nd Edition), Prentice Hall, 1992.

* David Tse and Pramod Viswanath, Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

* Jeffrey G. Andrews, Arunabha Ghosh and Rias Muhamed, Fundamentals of WiMAX, Prentice Hall, 2007.



Lectures 1-2: Fundamentals of Data Networking

Lecture 3: Overview of Wireless Networking

Lecture 4: Physical Layer of Wireless Networks

Lectures 5-6: MAC Layer of Infrastructure-based Wireless Networks

Lecture 7: MAC, Routing and Transport Layers of Ad-hoc Wireless Networks

Lecture 8: Case Study: Mesh WLAN and WiMAX


Sample answers for Bonus Questions:

Bonus Question 1: Do you think current networking protocols are suitable for wireless networks? Provide your reasons (which are NOT mentioned in the lecture).


Bonus Question 2: Current layered structure and protocols were designed for wire-line systems. To incorporate wireless systems, do you think a new networking architecture (specially for wireless) should be developed, or just fix and enhance the existing protocols but keep the infrastructure unchanged? Provide your reasons.