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TDDD66 Mobile Networks


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Lecture Material

Note: The slides in this course are adapted or based on various on-line resources (including lectures notes by Juha Takkinen, Anirban Mahanti, Carey Williamson, Jim Kurose, Keith Ross, and likely many others) and should only be used for academic/educational purposes.

Wireless characteristics
Reading: Kurose and Ross (Chapter 6) and Murthy and Manoj (Chapter 1); however, similar found in many wireless textbooks ...
Alt. reading: Beard and Stallings (2015): Chapters 1, 2, 5, and 6.
Slides: 2014, 2015

Reading: Kurose and Ross textbook. (Prerequisite to course.)
Slides: 2014, 2015

Example technologies and standards
Reading: Murthy and Manoj (Chapter 2, 3, 4).
Alt. reading: Beard and Stallings (2015): Chapters 3, 11, 12.
Slides: 2014, 2015

MAC protocol
Reading: Kurose and Ross (Chapters 5+6) and Murthy and Manoj (Chapters 5.2.1, 6, 7.2.4, and part of 10).
Alt. reading: Beard and Stallings (2015): Chapters 11, 12.
Slides: 2014, 2015

Cellular networks
Reading: Kurose & Ross (Chapter 6) and additional resources (e.g., "4G: LTE/LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband" found electronically at the library)
Alt. reading: Beard and Stallings (2015): Chapters 13, 14, 8.
Slides: 2015

Reading: Kurose & Ross (Chapter 6)
Alt. reading: Beard and Stallings (2015): Chapters 15.
Slides: 2014, 2015

Ad-hoc networks (and some of their issues)
Reading: Murthy and Manoj (Chapter 5).
Slides: 2014, 2015
Alt. reading:
  • T. B. Reddy, I. Karthigeyan, B. S. Manoj, and C. S. R. Murthy, Quality of service provisioning in ad hoc wireless networks: a survey of issues and solutions, Ad Hoc Networks, Vol. 4, Iss. 1, pp. 83--124. (doi)

Reading: Murthy and Manoj (Chapters 5.2.2, 7, and part of 10).
Slides: 2014, 2015, gpsr
Extra (and alt.) reading:
  • J. Broch, D. A. Maltz, D. B. Johnson, Y. C. Hu, and J. Jetcheva, A performance comparison of multi-hop wireless adhoc network routing protocols, Proc. ACM MOBICOM '98, Dallas, TX, Oct. 1998, pp. 85--97. (doi)
  • B. Karp, and H. T. Kung, GPSR: greedy perimeter stateless routing for wireless networks, Proc. ACM MOBICOM '00, New York, NY, Aug. 2000, pp. 243--254. (doi)
  • David B. Johnson, and David A. Maltz, Dynamic source routing in ad hoc wireless networks, Mobile computing, Springer, 1996, pp. 153-181. (doi)
  • Charles E. Perkins and Pravin Bhagwat, Highly dynamic destination-sequenced distance-vector routing (DSDV) for mobile computers, Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, Aug. 1994, pp. 234-244. (doi)
  • A. Boukerche, B. Turgut, N. Aydin, M. Z. Ahmad, L. Boloni, and D. Turgut, Routing protocols in ad hoc networks: a survey, Computer Networks Vol. 55, Iss. 13, Sept. 2011, pp. 3032--3080. (doi)

Transport layer and TCP issues
Reading: Murthy and Manoj (Chapters 5.2.4, and part of 9).
Slides: 2014, 2015
Extra candidate reading:
  • H. Balakrishnan, V. N. Padmanabhan, S. Seshan, and R. H. Katz, A comparison of mechanisms for improving TCP performance over wireless links, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking 5, 6 (Dec. 1997), pp. 756--769. (doi)
  • S. Pilosof, R. Ramjee, D. Raz, Y. Shavitt, and P. Sinha, Understanding TCP fairness over wireless LAN, Proc. IEEE INFOCOM, San Francisco, CA, Mar/Apr. 2003, pp. 863--872. (pdf, doi)
  • May add one more ...

Reading: Kurose & Ross (Chapters 2 and 7).
  • Streaming
    Reading: Kurose & Ross: Chapter 7 (streaming/multimedia), especially chapters 7.2 and 7.4.
    Slides: 2014, 2015
    Extra candidate reading:
    • D. Lecompte and F. Gabin, "Evolved multimedia broadcast/multicast service (eMBMS) in LTE-advanced: overview and Rel-11 enhancements", IEEE Communications Magazine, Volume 50, Issue 11, Nov. 2012, pp. 68--74. (doi)
    • S. Akhshabi, A. Begen, and C. Dovrolis, An Experimental Evaluation of Rate-adaptation Algorithms in Adaptive Streaming over HTTP, Proc. ACM MMSys, San Jose, CA, 2011. (doi)
    Note for 2016 (idea): Rework somewhat to focus more on (i) mobile web, (ii) has/dash, (iii) location-based services, (iv) loss recovery at AL (and someting about eMBMS), and if time something more about IoT. (Can maybe trim/prune/rework the general streaming part and RTP stuff to take much less focus.)
  • Peer-to-peer
    Reading: Kurose & Ross + Selected papers.
    Slides: 2014
    Extra candidate reading:
    • B. Cohen (2003), "Incentives build robustness in BitTorrent", Proc. Workshop on Economics of Peer-to-Peer Systems, Berkeley, CA, June 2003. (pdf)

Discussion lectures
Slides (and a few note sketches 2013): part1 (2013), part2 (2013)
Slides (and a few note sketches 2014): part1 (2014), part2 (2014)

Optimization theme slides (and some note sketches) 2015: Note for 2016 (idea): Could expand this part to include a few more things (e.g., 4G example, cache/popularity analysis, and perhaps some transport layer analysis) ...
Extra reading:

Example Exam questions

You can find example questions (and format of exams) here: Oct. 2010, Oct. 2012, Aug. 2013, Oct. 2013, Oct. 2014


  • Siva Ram Murthy, C. & Manoj, B. S. (2004), Ad hoc wireless networks: architectures and protocols. Prentice Hall.
  • Kurose, J. F. & Ross, K. W. (2012), Computer networking: a top-down approach. Sixth edition. Pearson.
  • Alternative/complementary reading: Cory Beard and William Stallings (2015), Wireless Communication Networks and Systems. First Edition.Pearson.
  • Extra/complementary reading: A. S. Tanenbaum and D. J. Wetherall (2010), Computer networks. Fifth edition. Prentice Hall.
  • Various online resources and research papers.

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