EE 379K Telecommunication Networks -- Fall 2000
Meets TuTh 9:30-11, ENS 115
Unique No: 15380
Gustavo de Veciana
Office: ENS 435
Office Hours: TuTh 2-3:30, W 11-12, in ENS 435
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This course will give an overview of the technologies, architectures and
protocols used to build high-speed communication networks and to provide
broadband services. It is intended for junior/seniors in engineering, wishing
a broad introduction to the area. Specific issues covered in this course
A historical introduction to the telephone, Internet and ATM networks
A discussion of network system design and principles
A detailed presentation of some of the common protocols
Introduction: Telephone, Internet, ATM and Cable Networks
Tools and Techniques
Protocol Layering and System Design
Multiple Access - Ethernet, Token ring LANs
Naming and Addressing
Flow Control and Traffic Management
Protocol implementation issues - tuning the hosts, signaling
Hot to luke warm topics : VOIP, MPLS, Gigabit Routing, Terabit Switching,
All optical networking
This course is intended for juniors/seniors in electrical or computer engineering.
I will assume that you are familiar with signals and systems concepts,
e.g., bandwidth, modulation and rudimentray probability, i.e., EE 313 and
EE351K. For the most part the course is self contained.
An Engineering Approach to Computer Networking- ATM Networks, the Internet,
and the Telephone Network, by S. Keshav. Addison Wesley, 1997.
For errata and other material related to the textbook can be found at this
Other recommended texts (you will definitely
find it useful to read material elsewhere)
High Performance Communication Networks, by J.Walrand and P.
Varaiya. Morgan Kaufman 1996.
Computer Networks: A systems approach, by L. Peterson and B.
Davie. Morgan Kaufman 1996.
There is a lot of material on the web concerning communication networks,
even an online textbook, with pointers to
Networking: A top down approach featuring the Internet, by Keith
W. Ross and James F. Kurose.
Homework will be assigned weekly and will be due on the subsequent Thursday
before 6 pm in the box outside my office (ENS 435). Homework will be graded
and will be worth a total of 30 pts. There will be two in-class midterms
worth 20 pts each. The final exam will be worth 30 pts, for a total of
The two midterms will be in class, on Thursday october 12
and on Tuesday November 7. The final exam will be Saturday Dec. 16
Where does this course fit in?
This course is intended as a broad introduction to the topic. You are encouraged
to take the Network Engineering Laboratory course to be offered
Note: All departmental, college and university regulations
concerning drops will be followed. The University of Texas at Austin provides
upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students
with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean
of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.