ENSC 427: COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
WEEK IN REVIEW
Current count of email messages related to ENSC 427 exchanged this term:
This course covers the techniques needed to understand and analyze modern
data communications networks using a top-down, layered approach to computer networking.
It covers the basic architecture of packet networks and their network elements
and the protocols used to enable transmission of packets.
This is a project oriented undergraduate course.
Students will be introduced to various tools for simulating communication networks such as
ns-3 and Riverbed Modeler (formerly OPNET from OPNET Technologies).
Laboratory work is included in this course.
Successful completion of ENSC 327-3 or permission of the instructor.
Note: ENSC Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) does not permit enrollment in ENSC 427
if you have not successfully completed ENSC 327.
1. Computer Networks and the Internet
2. Application Layer
3. Transport Layer
4. The Network Layer: Data Plane
5. The Network Layer: Control Plane
6. The Link Layer: Links, Access Networks, and LANs
7. Wireless and Mobile Networks
8. Security in Computer Networks
9. Multimedia Networking
WEEK IN REVIEW:
1. January 6, 2020
2. January 13, 2020
3. January 20, 2020
4. January 27, 2020 (revised)
6. February 3, 2020 (revised)
7. February 10, 2020 (revised)
* February 18, 2020
8. February 24, 2020 (revised)
9. March 2, 2020 (revised)
10. March 9, 2020 (revised)
11. March 16, 2020 (revised)
12. March 23, 2020 (revised)
13. March 30, 2020 (revised)
14. April 6, 2020
15. April 13, 2020
Posted weekly by Friday. Due by the following week on Sunday (firm deadline).
Assignment #1 (updated)
Assignment #11 (not to be counted towards the overall score)
Assignment #9 (revsied)
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 14:30 - 16:20, SECB 1012
Monday, March 23, 2020, 14:30 - 16:20, SECB 1012
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 noon - 15:00, AQ 3149
FAS policy on mid-terms and finals is described in Section 5.7 of the FAS Handbook
Academic honesty and plagiarism
PROJECT REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Project teams are due
January 19, 2020 (midnight: 11:59 PM + 1 minute).
Project proposal(s) are due
February 2, 2020 (midnight: 11:59 PM + 1 minute).
Project title, abstract, and a list of five references are due
February 9, 2020 (midnight: 11:59 PM + 1 minute).
Web page describing your project
and including the list of five references is due
February 16, 2020 (midnight: 11:59 PM + 1 minute).
Interim report is due
March 8, 2020 (midnight: 11:59 PM + 1 minute).
Project class presentations will be held in class on
April 6, 2020 and April 8, 2020.
The following files are due on Sunday, April 12, 2020 (midnight: 11:59 PM + 1 minute):
- Presentation slides (Power Point and PDF files) of your final project,
- URL for the web pages of your final project, and
- Final written report (LaTEX or MS Word file and PDF file) of your final project.
The final project grading policy
The final project grading form
Midterm exam 1 10%, Midterm exam 2 10%, Final exam 25%, project class presentation 10%, and final project report 25%.
Click here to see your
midterm exam 1,
midterm exam 2,
J. F. Kurose and K. W. Ross,
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7/E, Pearson, 2017.
Interactive end-of-chapter exercises, Supplement to Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7th edition.
A. Leon-Garcia and I. Widjaja,
Communication Networks: Fundamental Concepts and Key Architectures,
2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
Other sources (in alphabetical order)
D. Bertsekas and R. Gallager,
Data Networks, Second edition, Prentice Hall, 1992.
M. De Prycker,
Asynchronous Transfer Mode: Solutions for Broadband ISDN,
Ellis Horwood, 1991.
Modeling and Simulating Communication Networks,
A Hands-on Approach Using OPNET,
Prentice Hall, 1999.
Engineering Approach to Computer Networking: ATM Networks, the Internet, and the Telephone Network,
Addison Wesley, 1997.
L. L. Peterson and B. Davie,
Computer Networks, A Systems Approach, 5th edition,
Morgan Kaufmann, 2012.
T. G. Robertazzi,
Computer Networks and Systems,
Queuing Theory and Performance Evaluation, Third edition,
Springer Verlag, 2000.
J. Walrand and P. Varaiya,
High-performance Communication Networks, 2/e,
Communication Networks, A First Course, 2/e,
Check the status of the books on reserve for
IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials
IEEE Communications Magazine
IEEE Network, The magazine of global information exchange
ACM Computer Communication Review
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Monday 14:30 - 16:20 in SECB 1012
Wednesday 14:30 - 16:20 in SECB 1012
Location: South East Classroom Block (SECB)
Wednesday 15:30 - 16:20 in SECB 2012 and ESIL Lab ASB 1000B/ASB 10803.
ENSC Undergraduate Computer Room: ASB 10803 (open lab).
zhidal at sfu.ca
Office hours and lab support:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 17:00 to 18:00
(ESIL Lab 1000B/ASB 10803 or ASB 10802)
ENSC 427 Spring 2020 project teams
ENSC 427 Spring 2020 project proposals
ENSC 427 Spring 2020 projects
ENSC 427 Spring 2020 presentation schedule
Instructions for in class presentations
of your ENSC 427 final projects
Instructions for writing
ENSC 427 final project reports
IEEE Author Center:
IEEE Author Tools
Create your IEEE Article
IEEE Editorial Style Manual
Samples of past projects:
Past course web pages are located at:
Get familiar with Linux/CentOS.
The following sites have links to useful Unix tutorials and documentation:
To run ns-3 and/or ns-2 on a PC running MS operating system, download:
Option 1 (easier):
Downlaod Ubuntu virtual machine
in order to run the virtual machine.
Running tools remotely
ns-3 documentation, and
ns-3 wiki page
Old: ns-2 simulator and
BlueHoc: Bluetooth Performance Evaluation Tool
Network Designer (NetDes) with ns Java applet
S-PLUS for Unix
Wireshark network protocol analyzer
Quagga Routing Suite
GNU Zebra: Free routing software
locally available short traces
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Email messages with hints and answers to some frequently asked questions.
(Check FAQ pages from prior ENSC 427 offerings for useful hints.)
FAQ in 2020
WEB SITES OF INTEREST:
Communication Networks Laboratory
Research with OPNET at SFU
Previous offerings of ENSC 427, ENSC 833, ENSC 835, ENSC 894, and ENSC 895
Dictionary of Acronyms in Communications and Informatics (DACI)
What is page
Internet Requests for Comments (RFC) site:
Daily news of interest:
Wired News: DoS: Defense Is the Best Offense
UC Berkeley EECS20:
Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems
WEEK IN REVIEW
ljilja at cs.sfu.ca
Thu Apr 9 23:40:36 PDT 2020.