Computer Networks

  • Time/Place: Sun/Wed 8:00-9:30, B9-Room 3135
  • Required textbook: Computer Networking: A Top-down approach, J. Kurose and K. Ross, 6th edition, 2013
  • Reference Materials: Andrew S. Tanenbaum, (4th edition) (2002) “Computer Networks”, Prentice Hall and Research papers.
  • Course description: The course aims to train students in conducting major research in relevant aspects of wireless networks. In particular, green wireless technologies,
    standards, and protocols for various communication technologies such as cellular networks, packet switched networks, cloud communication, cooperative wireless networks. Also, students will tackle topics on wireless routing, PHY-layer, and MAC-layer.
  • prerequisites: Solid computer networks background, excellent skills in C/C++, NS-2 and 3, and Linux kernel programming.
  • Grading: 

 Student must obtain the passing grade (70%) in each task and the final project to pass the course.

The course will include a major research project component that requires performing several paper reviews, presentations, and implementation. 


    • Class participation (attendance, presentation, paper reviews, and interaction in discussions): 10%
    • Midterm Project : 30%
    • Homework: 30%
    • Final Project: 30%
  • Homework policy: all assignments, including contributions to discussion, submitted by students in the course of this class should be work written by themselves specifically for this class. Students must clearly cite and reference each and every source that was used in their development. Where students use the actual words of a source, they must put those words inside quotation marks.
  • Calendar:
Date Topic Content Others
28/08 Introduction to the Class    
  Network & Performance Measurement
  • Lecture [PDF]  Chapter 1 (textbook)
07/09 Assignment 1: Due Date: 21/09  Assignment 1  

Transport Layer & Congestion Control 

  • Lecture [PDF]
  • Lecture [PDF] Chapter 3 (textbook)
  • Tutorial [PDF]
  • Tutorial [PDF]
  • Tutorial [PDF]
  • Tutorial [PDF]
  Green Networking Research Material  
21/09 Assignment 1 Results  Present 5-8 slides on the assignment results  
21/09 Assignment 2: Due date 05/10  Assignment 2  
  Software-Defined Networks Research Material  
  Wireless Networks 
  • Lecture [PDF]
  • Lecture [PDF] Chapter 6 (textbook)
05/10 Assignment 2 Results  Present 5-8 slides on the assignment results  
05/10 Assignment 3: Due 19/10 Assignment 3   
  Optical Networks Tutorial [PDF]

Mid-semester break

19/10 Assignment 3 Results  Present 5-8 slides on the assignment results  
26/10 Midterm Exam    Sample [PDF]
06/11 Cloud Infrastructure I
  • A. Singla, C. Hong, L. Popa, P. Godfrey, "Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly", NSDI, 2012.
  • M. Alizadeh, A. Kabbani, T. Edsall, B. Prabhakar, et. al., "Less is More: Trading a little Bandwidth for Ultra-Low Latency in Data Center", NSDI, 2012.
09/11 Cloud Infrastructure II
  • L. Popa, G. Kumar, M. Chowdhury, et. al.,"FairCloud: Sharing the Network in Cloud Computing", SigComm, 2012.
  • P. Patel, D. Bansal, L. Yuan, A. Murthy, et. al., "Ananta: Cloud Scale Load Balancing", Sigcomm, 2013.
13/11 Cloud Routing
  • A. Greenberg, J. Hamilton, et. al., "VL2: A Scalable and Flexible Data Center Network", ACM SigComm, 2009.
  • R. Mysore, A. Pamboris, et al, "PortLand: A Scalable Fault-Tolerant Layer 2 Data Center Network Fabric, ACM SigComm, 2009.
16/11 Cloud Resilience
  • P. Bodik, I. Menache, et. al., "Surviving Failures in Bandwidth-Constrained Datacenters", ACM SigComm, 2012.
20/11 Cloud Transport I
  • M. Alizadehzy, A. Greenberg, et al, "Data Center TCP (DCTCP)", ACM SigComm, 2010. 
  • M. Alizadeh, S. Yang, et al "Deconstructing Datacenter Packet Transport", ACM Hotnets, 2012.
23/11 Cloud Transport II
  • C. Raiciu, S. Barre, et. al., "Improving Datacenter Performance and Robustness with Multiple TCP", ACM SigComm, 2011.
  • M. Ghobadi, S. Hassas, et. al., "Rethinking End-to-End Congestion Control in Software-Defined Networks" ACM Hotnets, 2012.
27/11 None Terrestrial Networks
  • T. Kellermann, R. P. Centelles, D. Camps-Mur, R. Ferrús, M. Guadalupi and A. C. Augé, "Novel Architecture for Cellular IoT in Future Non-Terrestrial Networks: Store and Forward Adaptations for Enabling Discontinuous Feeder Link Operation," in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 68922-68936, 2022
  • T. A. Khan et al., "The Internet of Things from Space: Transforming LTE Machine Type Communications for Non-Terrestrial Networks," in IEEE Communications Standards Magazine, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 57-63, June 2022
30/11 Optical Data Center Networks I
  • A. Celik, A. AlGhadhban, B. Shihada, and M.-S. Alouini, "Design and Provisioning of Traffic Grooming for Optical Wireless Data Center Networks", IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2018
  • A. AlGhadhban, A. Celik, B. Shihada, and M-S. Alouini, "LightFD: A Lightweight Flow Detection Mechanism for Traffic Grooming in Optical Wireless DCNs", IEEE Globecom, pp. 1 - 7, 2018
04/12 Underwater Networks
  • A. Halafi and B. Shihada, "UHD Video Transmission over Bi-Directional Underwater Wireless Optical Communication", IEEE Photonics, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.1-15, 2018.
  • B. Shihada, O. Amin, C. Bainbridge, S. Jardak, O. Alkhazragi, T.-K. Ng, B. Ooi, M. Berumen, and M.-S. Alouini, "Aqua-Fi: Delivering Internet Underwater using Wireless Optical Networks", IEEE Communication Magazine: Design and implementation of Devices, Circuits, and Systems Series, Vol. 58, No. 5, pp. 84-89, 2020. 
07/12 SDN and NFV solutions
  • N. Zhang, S. Zhang, P. Yang, O. Alhussein, W. Zhuang and X. S. Shen, "Software Defined Space-Air-Ground Integrated Vehicular Networks: Challenges and Solutions," in IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 55, no. 7, pp. 101-109, July 2017
  • S. Xu, X. -W. Wang and M. Huang, "Software-Defined Next-Generation Satellite Networks: Architecture, Challenges, and Solutions," in IEEE Access, vol. 6, pp. 4027-4041, 2018
11/12 Final Project Presentation