Syllabus for CS 535, Telecommunications

Fall 2004


The syllabus is broken up into seven two-week sections.

  1. Introduction

  2. Data Communications and the Physical Layer

  3. The Data-Link Layer

  4. ISDN and Frame Relay

  5. BISDN, ATM, and SONET-SDH

  6. Metropolitan-Area Networks

  7. Internet and Mobile Telephony
I will try hard not to change the syllabus during the semester, but I make no promises.

The syllabus contains a provisional reading list; papers will be added and removed from the list in the coming weeks.

Section 1 - Introduction, Wednesday, 8 September to Monday, 20 September.

Readings
End-To-End Arguments in System Design by Jerome Saltzer, David Reed, and David Clark; ACM Transactions on Computer Systems; November 1984; Vol 2, No. 4.

The Rise of the Stupid Network by David Isenberg, Computer Telephony; August, 1997.

Class notes
Introduction.
The End-to-End Argument.
Stupid Networks.

Quiz - Wednesday, 22 September
The answers.
The grades.

Section 2 - Data Communications and the Physical Layer, Wednesday, 22 September to Monday, 4 October.

Readings
A Mathematical Theory of Communication by Claude Shannon; Bell System Technical Journal; July, 1948; Vol. 27, No. 3.

The ATM physical layer by Sailes Rao and Mehdi Hatamian; Computer Communication Review; April, 1995; Vol. 25, No. 2.

Class notes
Background.
Noisless Systems.
Noisy Systems.
The Physical Layer.

Quiz - Wednesday, 6 October
The answers.
The grades.

Section 3 - The Data-Link Layer, Wednesday, 6 October to Monday, 18 October.

Readings
Congestion Avoidance and Control by Van Jacobson; Computer Communication Review; January 1995.

Synchronous data link control: A perspective by J. R. Kersey; IBM Systems Journal; Vol. 13, No. 2.

Other readings.

Class notes
Congestion Avoidance and Control.
Data-Link Control.

Quiz - Wednesday, 22 October
The answers.
The grades.

Section 4 - ISDN and Frame Relay, Wednesday, 22 October to Monday, 1 November.

Readings
Congestion Control in ISDN Frame-Relay Networks by B. Doshi and H. Nguyen; AT&T Technical Journal, November/December 1988

ISDN Protocol Architecture by N. Duc and E. Chew; IEEE Communications; March 1985; Vol. 23, No. 3.

Class notes
Frame relay.
Integrated services digital network (ISDN).

Quiz - Wednesday, 3 November
The answers.
The grades.

Section 5 - BISDN, ATM, and SONET-SDH, Wednesday, 3 November to Monday, 15 November.

Drop Day - Tuesday, 9 November.

Readings
ATM Concepts, Architectures, and Protocols by Ronald Vetter; Communications of the ACM; February 1995; Vol 38. No. 2.

All-Optical Networks by Samir Chatterjee and Suzanne Pawlowski
Communications of the ACM; June 1999; Vol. 24
No. 6.

Other readings.

Presentations
ATM presentation by J. Martino and M. Reagan.

Class notes
Asynchronous Transfer Mode.
SONET and SDH.
Optical networking.

Quiz - Wednesday, 17 November
The answers.
The grades.

Pop quiz 2.

Section 6 - Metropolitan-Area Networks, Wednesday, 17 November to Monday, 29 November.

Readings
Evolution of Metropolitan Area Networks to Broadband ISDN by William Byrne, George Clapp, Henry Kafka, Gottfried Luderer, and Bruce Nelson; IEEE Communications; January 1991; Vol. 29 No. 1.

All-Optical Packet Switching for Metropolitan Area Networks: Opportunities and Challenges by Shun Yao, S.J Ben Woo, Biswanath Mukherjee and Sudhir Dixit; IEEE Communications; March 2001; Vol. 39, No. 3.

Presentations
Presentation by S. Pasala and X. Zhu from 4 to 5 on Wednesdy, 24 November.

MAN presentation by S. Koya and P. Penumatcha.

Class notes
Metropolitan-area networks.
Metropolitan-area network architectures.
Optical switching.

Quiz - Wednesday, 1 December
The answers.
The grades.

Section 7 - Internet and Mobile Telephony, Wednesday, 1 December to Monday, 13 December.

No class - Wedensday, 15 December
Given the Thursday-for Wedensday schedule on the final day of class, there will be no meeting on Wednesday, 15 December.

Term Paper or Project
Progress report due on Wedensday, 1 December no later than 6:00 p.m.

Final version due on Wedensday, 15 December no later than 6:00 p.m.
Note that even though there is no class on 15 December, the final version of the term paper or project report is due in my office in that day by 6 p.m.

Readings
Internet Telephony: Architecture and Protocols by Henning Schulzrinne and Johnathan Rosenberg.

Mobile Telephony by Carl Weisman.

Presentations
VoIP presentation on Monday, 6 December, from 4 to 5 by M. Sundararajan and S. Bandlamudi.

VoIP presentation by K. Rao and S. Verma from 4 to 5 on Wednesday, 8 December.

Mobile Telephony presentation by A. Joshi and D. Woolley from 5 to 5:50 on Wednesday, 8 December.

Mobile Telephony presentation by K. Sood and P. Kumar from 4 to 5 on Monday, 13 December.

Class notes
The Real-Time Protocols.

Quiz - Monday, 13 December

Open Lecture on a topic to be determined from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wedensday, 22 December, in Howard Hall 530.


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