439 - Mobile Networks
Section Systèmes de Communication and Section d'Informatique
Winter semester 2004/2005
The ns-2 brief tutorial is available here.
Last year's exam questions and the answers of this
year's exam are available here.
Welcome to the home page of the Mobile Networks course. This
page is regularly updated to reflect the schedule
and work assignments of the course. The purpose of the course is to give
you a sound understanding of the architecture and operating principles of mobile
and wireless networks (MAC layer and above).
This course provides:
- a general introduction to mobile networking, with an emphasis on the mechanisms
and not on the standards; however, we will cover some of the
standards of cellular networks and of wireless LANs (IEEE 802.11, in
- an overview of some research challenges and early results of the MICS/terminodes
- Basic knowledge in networking
- Some background in security would be useful but is not mandatory (we
will introduce the necessary concepts)
- MAC layer
- Brief introduction to security and cryptography
- Wireless LANs; examples: IEEE 802.11
- Mobility in the Internet; Mobile IP
- Cellular networks; examples: GSM, GPRS, UMTS
- Mobile ad hoc networks
- Sensor networks
Room and Tentative Calendar
The lecture and exercise sessions take place every Tuesday 13:15 - 16:00 in room INM202, starting Tuesday
October 19, 2004.
The hands-on exercises take place in room INN021.
The calendar hereafter is very tentative.
- Oct. 19: 1.1 Generalities; 1.2 Wireless MAC
- Oct. 26:
1.3 Reminder on security; HW1 - Jun
- Nov. 2: 2.1 Wireless LANs and 2.2 Mobile IP; HW2 - Naouel
- Nov. 9: End of 2.1; brief intro to ad hoc networks (AODV); HW3 - Jun
- Nov. 16: Hands-on exercises (other shifts in the week will be defined if
necessary) - Imad, Mario, Maxim
- Nov. 23: Demo of DOMINO; measurements in class to prepare the ns exercises
- Imad, Mario, Maxim
- Nov. 30: ns exercises (other shifts in the week will be defined if
necessary) - Imad, Mario, Maxim
- Dec. 7: 2.3 Cellular NWs
- Dec. 14: 2.4 GSM, GPRS and UMTS - M. Michaud, Orange Comm.
- Dec. 21: 2.5 UMTS - M. Lehéricey, Orange Comm.
- Jan. 11: 3.1 Routing (and multicast) in ad hoc networks; HW4 - Jun
- Jan. 18:
3.2 Security in mobile ad hoc networks 3.3 Cooperation issues
- Jan. 25: 3.4 Sensor networks; demo - Jacques; HW5 Naouel; HW6(?) Mark
- Feb. 1: Questions and answers
The slides are available here.
Homework Series (pencil and paper)
Homeworks will be proposed to let you train for the exam. Questions are available here.
You will have the opportunity to make hands-on exercises on wireless LANs
(IEEE 802.11) in the Internet Engineering Workshop of LCA. The description is available here.
You will receive a mark of up to 6/6,
based exclusively on the exam.
The exam will be written. It will contain questions related to the
understanding of the course and some problems similar to the homework
exercises; some of the questions will be related to the hands-on exercises. You
must bring your own pocket calculator. You may bring any document you wish with you. The questions will be stated in
English; you may write your answers either in French or in English.