Spring 2020
ENSC 427: COMMUNICATION NETWORKS


TOPICS WEEK IN REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS EXAMS TEXTBOOKS

SCHEDULE STAFF PROJECTS TOOLS WEB SITES INFO


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Course description: 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.

Pre-requisites: 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.


TOPICS:
  • 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
    ASSIGNMENTS:
    Posted weekly by Friday. Due by the following week on Sunday (firm deadline).
  • Assignment #1 (updated)
  • Assignment #2
  • Assignment #3
  • Assignment #4
  • Assignment #5
  • Assignment #6
  • Assignment #7
  • Assignment #8
  • Assignment #9
  • Assignment #10
  • Assignment #11 (not to be counted towards the overall score)
  • Assignment #12
  • Assignment #13
  • Assignment #14
  • Assignment #15

    GRADING SCHEMES:
  • Assignment #1
  • Assignment #2
  • Assignment #3
  • Assignment #4
  • Assignment #5
  • Assignment #6
  • Assignment #7
  • Assignment #8
  • Assignment #9 (revsied)
  • Assignment #10
    EXAMS:

    MIDTERM EXAMS:
    Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 14:30 - 16:20, SECB 1012
    Monday, March 23, 2020, 14:30 - 16:20, SECB 1012

    FINAL EXAM:
    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
    GRADING:
    Assignments 20%, 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 scores and midterm exam 1, midterm exam 2, final exam, overall scores distribution charts.
    RESOURCES: Conflict resolution
    TEXTBOOKS:

    Recommended reading:
  • 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. Errata page.

    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.
  • I. Katzela, Modeling and Simulating Communication Networks, A Hands-on Approach Using OPNET, Prentice Hall, 1999.
  • S. Keshav, 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, Elsevier, 2000.
  • J. Walrand, Communication Networks, A First Course, 2/e, McGraw-Hill, 1998.
  • Check the status of the books on reserve for ENSC 427.


    JOURNALS:
  • 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
    SCHEDULE:
    Lectures:
    Monday 14:30 - 16:20 in SECB 1012
    Wednesday 14:30 - 16:20 in SECB 1012
    Location: South East Classroom Block (SECB)

    Tutorial:
    Wednesday 15:30 - 16:20 in SECB 2012 and ESIL Lab ASB 1000B/ASB 10803.

    Projects:
    ENSC Undergraduate Computer Room: ASB 10803 (open lab).


    PROFESSOR:

    TEACHING ASSISTANT:

    • Zhida Li
      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)

    COMPUTING HELP:


    PROJECTS:
    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:
    http://www.ensc.sfu.ca/~ljilja/teaching.html


    SOFTWARE TOOLS:
  • Get familiar with Linux/CentOS. The following sites have links to useful Unix tutorials and documentation:
        http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-unix-commands-cheat-sheets.html
        http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Keyboard-and-Console-HOWTO.html
        http://wiki.centos.org/HowTo
  • To run ns-3 and/or ns-2 on a PC running MS operating system, download:
        Option 1 (easier): Downlaod Ubuntu virtual machine VirtualBox in order to run the virtual machine.
        Option 2: cygwin
  • Obsolete: Running tools remotely
  • ns-3 website, ns-3 tutorial, ns-3 documentation, and ns-3 wiki page
  • Old: ns-2 simulator and documentation
            BlueHoc: Bluetooth Performance Evaluation Tool
            Network Designer (NetDes) with ns Java applet
  • Riverbed Modeler
  • Ptolemy
  • Omnet++
  • S-PLUS for Unix
  • Wireshark network protocol analyzer
  • Quagga Routing Suite
  • GNU Zebra: Free routing software
    TRAFFIC TRACES: 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
    Acronyms:
  • Dictionary of Acronyms in Communications and Informatics (DACI)
  • http://www.csrstds.com/acro-a-d.html
    General references:
  • What is page
    Documents:
    Internet Requests for Comments (RFC) site:
  • IETF
    Daily news of interest:
  • Wired News: DoS: Defense Is the Best Offense
    Fun things:
  • RFC 1121
  • RFC 1149
  • RFC 2100
  • UC Berkeley EECS20: Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems
    INFO:
    TOPICS WEEK IN REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS EXAMS TEXTBOOKS

    SCHEDULE STAFF PROJECTS TOOLS WEB SITES INFO


    Created by
    Ljiljana Trajkovic
    ljilja at cs.sfu.ca
    Last modified: Thu Apr 9 23:40:36 PDT 2020.