WPI Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Computer Science Department

CS 577 / EE 537 Advanced Computer Networks
Fall 2007
Instructor: Bob Kinicki

General and Historic Course Information
Academic Honesty Policies
Required Text: None
Syllabus Updated: 19 Oct 07
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. See the set of Preliminary Questions for Fall 2007 and the actual Fall 2006 Final Exam.

Each student is required to submit hardcopies of two research papers by September 18 to help form the course material.

Useful Resources

  • Research Topic Areas in Computer Networks Updated: 18 Sep 07
  • List of Important Networking Journals and Conferences roughly in decreasing order of providing quality papers for class presentations.
  • List of Computer Networks Textbooks

    Fall 2007 Class Lecture Slides and Papers

    Course Objectives (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 26 August 2007
    TCP Sliding Windows (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 27 August 2007
    General Congestion Control and Queuing (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 27 August 2007
    Hobb's Internet History      
    TCP Congestion Control (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 3 December 2007
    Random Early Detection Gateways for Congestion Avoidance (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 18 September 2007
    Tuning RED for Web Traffic (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 25 September 2007
    Bonus Paper
    Promoting the Use of End-to-End Congestion Control in the Internet
    (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 25 September 2007
    Core Stateless Fair Queueing (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 24 September 2007
    The War between Mice and Elephants (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 2 October 2007
    On Designing Improved Controllers for AQM Routers Supporting TCP Flows (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 2 October 2007
    Emulating AQM from End Hosts (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 9 October 2007
    A Wireless Network Primer (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 9 October 2007
    Enhancing TCP Fairness in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks Using Neighborhood RED (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 9 October 2007
    A Routing Primer (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 16 October 2007
    A Performance Comparison of Multi-Hop Wireless Ad Hoc Network Routing Protocols (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 18 October 2007
    Improving TCP Performance over Mobile Ad Hoc Networks by Exploiting Cross-Layer Information Awareness (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 16 October 2007
    Characterization and Analysis of Multi-Hop Wireless MIMO Network Throughput (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 23 October 2007
    XORs in the Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 23 October 2007
    Solutions to Performance Problems in VoIP over a 802.11 Wireless LAN (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 30 October 2007
    802.11 User Fingerprinting (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 30 October 2007
    On the Performance Characteristics of WLANs: Revisited (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 6 November 2007
    Robust Rate Adaptation for 802.11 Wireless Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 6 November 2007
    CARA: Collision-Aware Rate Adaptation for IEEE 802.11 WLANs (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 6 November 2007
    Defending against Flooding-Based Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks:
    A Tutorial
    (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 13 November 2007
    Secure Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks: Attacks and Countermeasures (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 13 November 2007
    A Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Primer (pdf) (ppt) Updated:
    An Energy-Efficient MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 27 November 2007
    WiseMAC: An Ultra Low Power MAC Protocol for the Downlink of
    Infrastructure Wireless Sensor Networks
    (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 27 November 2007
    Ultra-Low Duty Cycle MAC with Scheduled Channel Polling (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 4 December 2007
    Energy-Efficient Communication Protocol for Wireless Microsensor Networks (pdf) (ppt) Updated: 4 December 2007

    Last Modified 4 December 2007

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

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