Communication Networks: ELEC 537
- Professor Edward Knightly
- Office: 3044 Duncan Hall
- Office hours: scheduled to assignments and by request
- Administrative assistant: Dee Rashdi, 3045 Duncan Hall
Topics are self-contained so that a background in networking is not required. ELEC 303 or equivalent is a required prerequisite. A graduate course in random processes such as ELEC 533 is recommended, but not required, as a corequisite. Competency in programming is required for simulation assignments and projects.
Graduate-level introduction to design and analysis of communication networks. Topics include wireless networks, media access, routing, traffic modeling, congestion control, and scheduling. Students will learn performance evaluation techniques using both analytical models and simulation.
Students completing the course will clearly understand the following networking concepts:
- Medium access
- Traffic Modeling
- Congestion Control
Students will be able to apply analytical models and simulation tools to networking problems.
- Performance evaluation techniques: Renewal theory, Markov chains, utility maximization
- Medium access in wireless networks: ALOHA, CSMA, 802.11, LTE
- Scheduling and fairness: max-min fairness, utility, multi-hop scheduling
- Congestion control: fluid models, NUM, TCP
- Routing: link state, distance vector, BGP
- Traffic management: statistical multiplexing, delay bounds, quality of service
- 30% Problem sets
- 25% Simulation assignments
- 10% Paper reviews, presentations, and class participation
- 35% Term project: proposal, status reports, presentation, and final report
You may discuss homework assignments with classmates but all solutions must be original and individually prepared. Late work will be penalized at 15% of its full credit per day up to a maximum of 4 days, after which no late work will be accepted.
Rice Honor Code
In this course, all students will be held to the standards of the Rice Honor Code, a code that you pledged to honor when you matriculated at this institution. If you are unfamiliar with the details of this code and how it is administered, you should consult the Honor System Handbook at http://honor.rice.edu/honor-system-handbook/. This handbook outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of your academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process.
Disability Support Services
If you have a documented disability or other condition that may affect academic performance you should: 1) make sure this documentation is on file with Disability Support Services (Allen Center, Room 111 / firstname.lastname@example.org / x5841) to determine the accommodations you need; and 2) talk with me to discuss your accommodation needs.
Syllabus Change Policy
This syllabus is only a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.