Data Networks II, Spring 2000
(IT: 1IT130, MN2: 1DT634, Course "Datakommunikation II")

This course is the follow up course of the Data Networks-I course. It is targeted at students at the ITP program who want to specialize in this area.

The Computer Networks II course covers current research topics on wireless networks, multimedia, multicasting, network performance, resource reservation, active networks and high speed networking. The objective is that the student after the course should be able to understand scientific articles in professional journals from ACM and IEEE.

The course is given at the D-level. The course requires active participation in form of a assignments with installation/implementation of protocols or the writing of a termpaper with a presentation of the results.

This instance of the course will emphasize wireless and wireless LANs. A WLAN access network has recently been installed at House 1 at Polacksbacken, providing up to 11 Mbit/s virtually everywhere. All students in IT3 with a laptop can borrow a WLAN PCMCIA card for one year which will be used in this course and used privately by the students. (The cards are sponsored by Ericsson.) This gives an unique possibility to do "hands-on" in this course. The course will also be a part of the Stanford-KTH-Uppsala Learning Lab project. One of the aim of the project is to study how a wireless infrastructure could support student teams and learning at spontaneous meeting places. An evaluation of the usage pattern and the usefulness of the WLAN cards will be conducted by of the course staff.

Prerequisites: Successful participation in Data Networks I.


Course start, registration and final exam:

Course home page:



Tentative Lecture Plan

  Date/Time Room Topic Lect.
F0 Apr 4, 13.15 2001 Introduction, project/paper assignement PG+CT
F1 Apr 5, 13.15 2001 Wireless communications PG
F2 Apr 6, 08.15 2001 Cellular communications PG
F3 Apr 6, 10.15 2001 Wireless LANs CT
F4 Apr 7, 08.15 1111 Ad-hoc networks CT
-- Apr 7, 17.00   Deadline for choice of paper topic and assign  
F5 Apr 10, 13.15 2247 Mobile IP CT
F6 Apr 11, 13.15 2247 Active Networking I CT
F7 Apr 12, 15.15 2001 Active Networking II CT
F8 Apr 13, 13.15 2001 Bluetooth PJ
-- Apr 20, 17.00   Deadline for project intermediate report  
F9 Apr 26, 13.15 1111 Multimedia PG
F10 May 2, 15.15 2146 Real Time protocols PG
  May 5, 17.00   Deadline for paper  
  May 11, 17.00   Deadline for revised paper  
F11 May 12, 13.15 2146 Packet scheduling PG
F12 May 16, 10.15 1111 Multicast PG
F13 May 16, 13.15 2001 Proxy PG
F14 May 17, 10.15 2146 QoS and Resource Reservation CT
F15 May 17, 13.15 2146 The state of the Internet (Diffserv, IPng, NAT etc) CT
F16 May 18, 10.15 2247 To be decided  
F17 May 19, 15.15 2146 WAP JB
F18 May 23, 08.15 2146 Communications Research at UU core@uu
P1 May 25, 08.15 2145 until 17.00: oral presentations PG+CT
P2 May 26, 08.15 2145 until 17.00: oral presentations PG+CT
P3 May 29, 08.15 2145 until 12.00: oral presentations PG+CT
EXA May 31, 08.15 xxxx Written exam  
-- Jun 12, noon   Deadline for project final report  


Students of the data network II course have to do either A) a group project or B) write a term paper with another student on a selected topic of modern computer networks and C) or a "hot topic", more comprehensive group term paper. In both cases the work has to presented orally. Additionally, all students will have to participate in a 2h "ad hoc" experiment at the end of the term. The amount of individual effort in both A and B is between one and two weeks. A written exam ends the course.

A) Hands-on Projects

Three topics have been defined that all relate to the wireless infrastructure that recently has been installed at the IT department. Each project is handled by a group of 5 to 8 students. The projects consist of practical evaluation and protocol installation/implementation work and a presentation of the results at the end of the term.

The titles of the projects follows below. A more detailed project description is available here.

For the "active routing" project, a large scale "ad-hoc" experiment is to be carried out that involves all participants of the course.

Delivery date for the final report is Monday, June 12, 2000.

B) Paper and "Opponering"

Course participants have to write a 10-15 page term paper on a network topic of their choice (a list of possible topics will be made available). The paper will be written in groups of two and has to be delivered before May 5, 2000 17.00. At the next step, a second team is selected for each submitted paper: The second team has to critically examine the arguments presented in the paper. A seminar will take place in form of a presentation and discussion ("opponering").

C) Hot topic group papers

Two groups of four members will make a more comprehensive research into two hot topics. They will also get an extensive presentation time. The topics are:

For the "rules" of B) and C) see Uppgift (in Swedish) and list of topics.


Last modified: April 2, 2000