ECE 742 / IT 834:   High Speed Networks, Spring 2014
Mondays 4:30-7:10 pm
Music Theater Building 1008

Course Description:
The exponential growth in the Internet and the telecommunications industry has accelerated the emergence and deployment of high-speed network architectures and protocols that integrate multiple traffic types and provide quality-of-service differentiation. This course covers the current state-of-the-art in emerging high-speed network architectures, protocols and control algorithms. The main goals of the course are:

Prerequisites: ECE 642 or permission of instructor

Who should take the course:

The course is intended for students majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field at the advanced graduate level. The course provides a foundation for research on current issues related to the modeling, analysis, and design of high speed networks. Students should have a strong background in applied probability and random processes (particularly queueing analysis), as well as the ability to program in MATLAB or a general-purpose programming language such as C, C++, or Java.

Textbook: No textbook is required. Class notes and supplementary material will be made available to students via this web page.

Instructor:  Brian L. Mark
                      Nguyen Engineering Building: Room 3220
                      tel: 703-993-4069,  fax: 703-993-1601
                      email: bmark AT gmu DOT edu
                  Office Hours:   Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm (or by appointment)

Grading:  Homework = 10%, Project = 25%, Midterm = 25%, Final Exam = 40%.

Course schedule:
Week 1: Jan. 27
Introduction and Overview
Week 2: Feb. 3
Circuit Switch Architectures
Week 3: Feb. 10
Packet Switch Architectures
Week 4: Feb. 17
Packet Switch Architectures
Week 5: Feb. 24
Packet Scheduling and Processing
Week 6: Mar. 3 (class cancelled due to weather)
Makeup class on May 8
Week 7: Mar. 10 (no class)
Spring Break
Week 8: Mar. 17
Midterm Exam
Week 9: Mar. 24 (class cancelled due to weather)
Packet Scheduling and Processing
Week 10: Mar. 31
Traffic Characterization
Week 11: Apr. 7
Traffic Characterization
Week 12: Apr. 14
Network Architecture and Traffic Management
Week 13: Apr. 21
Network Architecture and Traffic Management
Week 14: Apr. 28
Congestion Control and Routing
Week 15: May 5
Congestion Control and Routing
Week 15: May 8 (makeup class)
Review and Class Project Presentations

Homework Assignments:
Homework problems will be assigned roughly weekly. Homework is due at the beginning of the next Thursday class from when it is assigned, i.e., at 4:30 pm. Late homeworks will not be accepted. If you cannot make it to class to hand in the homework assignment, please make arrangements to hand it in before the due date. Sample solutions will be posted.

Midterm Exam: March 17, 2014 (in-class)

A project in which the student will investigate a particular topic related to high-speed networks in greater depth will be assigned and graded.

Final Exam:   Mon. May 12, 2014: 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

last updated: March 31, 2014