Course Title

High-Performance Netowrks (former Communications)

Course Type

CUGS CS Review / CUGS CS Core / CUGS CS Advanced / Other


Once a year

Suggested # of Credits

4.5 HE Credits (Higher Education Credits)

Intended audience

Graduate students in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science

Course goal

The course focuses on techniques and issues associated with contemporary networks, that is, advanced network architectures, mobile and wireless networks, and multimedia information and networking. Important keywords: traffic analysis, simulation, routing, quality of service.

The course goal is to provide the course participants with sufficient knowledge of theory and tools in order to do a project involving the analysis, simulation and reporting of a research-relevant networking issue.

The participants will be provided with the opportunity to develop skills necessary to conduct academic research in the field of computer networks.


Basic course in computer networks, such as TDTS41 Computer Networks.

Related courses

Contents (subject to change):

  • Traffic and load analysis; network performance and simulation

  • Wireless networks (implying mobility)

    • ad hoc networking techniques

    • MAC protocols: CSMA, MACAW

    • cellular/radio: GSM/GPRS, UMTS/WCDMA, WAP

    • home networks: infrared, Bluetooth

  • Location management and context awareness

  • Routing protocols: BGP, IGP, RIP, etc.

  • Mobile IP and IPv6

  • Multimedia networking, QoS

  • Peer-to-peer networking

  • Network management: SNMP, MIB, etc.

  • Security: firewalls, IPsec, access methods, evaluation methods

  • Network architectures: internet exchange points, DMZ nets (de-militarized zone networks and relation to political routing)

Organized by

The Division for Database and Information Techniques (ADIT), at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA), Linköpings universitet, Sweden.


The course consists of lectures, a two-person networking project, seminar presentations of projects, reading assignments, and laborations.

See course schedule.

The place for the course is Stiftsgården Vårdnäs (2004-06-17).


The course is a "crash course," with obligatory attendance at two different occasions in September and October.

In addition to the obligatory attendance, the course participants will do an project assignment and write a short paper, with deadline in November.

See also course schedule.


  • Hassan, M. & Jain, R. (2004), High Performance TCP/IP Networking: Concepts, Issues, and Solutions. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-127527-8.
  • in addition: research papers

Note: The textbook above is new (2004-04-28/JT).


Juha Takkinen, ADIT/IDA/LiU


Nahid Shahmehri

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Other information

Guest lecturers: Mats Björkman, MDH, and Frida Eng, ISY/LiU.




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Last modified on July 2008 by Anne Moe