TDC 562 Computer-Communication Network Design and Analysis (Formerly TDC 562)

Dale Buchholz

Office: CDM 616
Winter 2019-2020
Class number: 22596
Section number: 801
Tu 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01515 Loop Campus
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This course provides an in-depth study of Internet protocols from the perspective of network performance, simulation and troubleshooting. The course includes in-depth study of traffic measurement techniques, performance management, network planning and design using simulation and analysis tools.  Advanced topics include SDN, NFV, AI and ML as applied to automated intelligent network design.


Required: TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1, 2nd Edition: The Protocols, Kevin R. Fall, W. Richard Stevens, Addison-Wesley, 2012.

Technical papers and journal articles.


Required coursework components will be:
(a) 5 homework assignments, including homework problems, Wireshark captures, analysis and measurements,
(b) and 3 Riverbed Modeler simulation projects.


TDC 463 is a prerequisite for this course. It will be assumed that you already know about Ethernet and IP addressing, subnetting and routing.

Introduction, Review of IPv4 and IPv6, ARP and ND, packet capture and analysis

ICMP, performance measurement tools. analysis of results. TCP performance measurement and tuning More TCP performance management (buffer bloat) Introduction to Simulation and Riverbed Modeler More Riverbed Modeler and Traffic Modeling Analytical Models Basic Queues and Loss Systems Queueing Networks Final Recap / Questions

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