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Analysis of Communication Networks


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School IDA-gemensam (IDA)
Division IDA
Owner Nikolaos Pappas
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Course plan

No of lectures

It is expected to have around 9 lectures.

Recommended for

Advanced master students and PhD students.

The course was last given

It is the first time it will be given as a PhD course.


The students will learn mathematical methods for the design of communication networks, using control, optimization, and stochastic network theories.


A basic background on probability theory and stochastic processes.


The first part will cover the fundamentals, the second part will cover more advanced topics, and the third part will be the project by the students.


Optimization formulation of network resource allocation, convergence analysis of primal and dual algorithms, Delay equations and applications to the study of congestion control algorithm; Interpretation of network architecture and algorithms in terms of optimization solution; Game-theoretic interpretation of optimization formulation and solution

Mathematical tools: Markov chains and discrete-time queueing theory
Statistical multiplexing and large deviations

Scheduling algorithms for switches and wireless networks: Maxweight scheduling, complexity, and distributed randomized algorithms, statistical physics techniques

Other topics as time permits: Throughput scaling laws for wireless networks, Modeling P2P networks, Cloud Computing


The following book will be utilized:

R. Srikant and L. Ying, Communication Networks: An Optimization, Control and Stochastic Networks Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2014

There will be also research papers to match the interest of the students.


From the content field above, one lecture is expected for each item.
In addition we will have a final day with the presentations of the projects.


A project-based examination where each student can analyze and implement a topic relevant to this book. A presentation is expected along with a written report. There is also a possibility for a written exam or oral examination on the white board. This depends on the amount of students and their preference.


Nikolaos Pappas




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