WPI Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Computer Science Department

CS 577 / EE 537 Advanced Computer Networks
Fall 2006
Instructor: Bob Kinicki

General and Historic Course Information
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Required Text: None
Class List

This course will be conducted in 'seminar style'.
Except for background material, the course consists of readings and discussion of technical papers taken from the current computer networks literature.
Seminar style implies that the students participate in both the presentations and in the discussion. This participation is a significant component of your grade.

Normally, we will cover two papers per week.
Students are required to complete and turn in a Paper Evaluation Form(pdf) (doc) for each paper covered at the beginning of every class.
Late forms will not be graded.

The course includes a Course Project, and a Final Exam. Note the set of Preliminary Questions for the Fall 2006 Final Exam.
See also sample Preliminary Questions from the Spring 2003 Final and the actual Final Exam.

Each student is required to submit hardcopies of two research papers by September 19 to help form the course material.

Useful Resources

  • Research Topic Areas in Computer Networks.
  • List of Important Networking Journals and Conferences roughly in decreasing order of providing quality papers for class presentations.
  • List of Computer Networks Textbooks

    Fall 2006 Class Lecture Slides and Papers

    The table below will hold all the presentations given in this course.
    Each student will give two research paper presentations.

    Course Objectives (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 15 August 2006
    TCP Sliding Windows (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 5 September 2006
    General Congestion Control and Queuing (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 17 August 2006
    Hobb's Internet History      
    TCP Congestion Control (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 4 September 2006
    Random Early Detection Gateways for Congestion Avoidance (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 5 September 2006
    Tuning RED for Web Traffic (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 19 September 2006
    Core Stateless Fair Queueing (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 19 September 2006
    The War between Mice and Elephants (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 26 September 2006
    Congestion Control for High Bandwidth-Delay Product Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 26 September 2006
    Designing DCCP: Congestion Control Without Reliability (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 3 October 2006
    A Wireless Network Primer (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 2 October 2006
    Interference-Aware Fair Rate Control in Wireless Sensor Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 3 October 2006
    ExOr: Opportunistic Multi-Hop Routing for Wireless Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 10 October 2006
    Idle Sense: An Optimal Access Method for High Throughput and Fairness in Rate Diverse Wireless LANs (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 10 October 2006
    Application-Based Collision Avoidance in Wireless Sensor Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 17 October 2006
    Exploiting Idle Communication Power to Improve Wireless Network Performance and Energy Efficiency (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 17 October 2006
    XORs in the Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 24 October 206
    Performance Enhancement of TFRC in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 30 October 2006
    Spray and Wait: An Efficient Routing Scheme for Intermittenly Connected (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 30 October 2006
    Defending against Flooding-Based Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks: A Tutorial
    AND Distributed Denial of Service Attacks
    (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 30 October 2006
    Secure Data Communication in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 6 November 2006
    DDoS Defense by Offense (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 6 November 2006
    Protecting Web Servers from Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 27 November 2006
    Web Tap: Detecting Covert Web Traffic (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 4 December 2006
    Sustaining Availability of Web Services under Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 28 November 2006
    TinySec: A Link Layer Security Architecture for Wireless Sensor Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 28 November 2006
    Secure Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks: Attacks and Countermeasures (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 4 December 2006
    Detecting Critical Nodes for MANET Intrusion Detection Systems (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 4 December 2006

    Last Modified 4 Decmeber 2006

    Bob Kinicki
    Fuller Labs 135
    Computer Science Department
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Worcester, MA 01609

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