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EEC273 – Networking Architecture and Resource Management (Cross-listed with ECS 258)

4 units – Winter Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: ECS 152A or EEC 173A; ECS 252 recommended.

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Design and implementation principles of networking architecture and protocols. Internet, ATM, and telephony case studies. Topics: Internet technology; application and services; resource management; Quality of Service (QoS) provisioning; traffic engineering; performance evaluation and future research issues.

Expanded Course Description:

Students work individually or in small groups on course projects that contribute to 40% of the course. The project should demonstrate quality, significance, and in-depth knowledge of the scope of the topics covered in the course. One unit of the independent study should be used for advanced reading that will be assigned in class. The project may involve: (1) conducting thorough survey of an advanced topic, or (2) proposing/designing of a new protocol or extension of an existing one followed by its evaluation (via analysis, simulation or experiment).

Students therefore gain hands-on experience in network protocol design, development and analysis.

  1. Network architecture: the big picture
    1. Circuit switching vs. packet switching
    2. End-to-end arguments
    3. Separation of control & data planes; signaling (hard state vs. soft state)
  2. Telephony – Circuit-switched architecture
    1. Space and time-division circuit switches
    2. Strict-sense vs. rearrangably non-blocking
  3. Internet: Packet-switched architecture
    1. IP and routing hierarchy (intra-domain vs. inter-domain routing)
    2. Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and policy-based routing
    3. Multicast routing
  4. Evolving Internet Archtecture and Quality of Service (QoS)
    1. Application vs. Network based solutions
    2. Differentiated Service and Integrated Service QoS architecture
    3. Control-plane mechanisms, e.g., admission control, QoS routing
    4. Data-plane mechanisms
      1. Packet schedulers, e.g., weighted fair queuing (WFQ)
      2. Active queue management, e.g., random early detection (RED)
  5. Protocol mechanisms (commonly found techniques in networking protocols
    1. Signaling
    2. Randomization
    3. Indirection
    4. Multiplexing
    5. Virtualization
    6. Scalability
  6. Network Resource Management
    1. Capacity planning
    2. Traffic engineering
    3. Network flows, optimal link-weight assignment problem
  7. Advanced Topics
    1. Internate measurements, modeling, and inferences
    2. Application and services (peer-to-peer, overlay)
    3. Network security
    4. Multimedia networking


  1. Selected conference/journal papers.
  2. D. Bertsekas and R. Gallager, Data Networks, Prentice Hall, 1992
  3. J.E. Kurose and K.W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach
  4. Featuring the Internet, Addison-Wesley, 2000

Instructors: Chuah, Mohapatra


Last revised: February 2010