CS590W : Topics in Wireless Networks
Location: UNIV 201 TTh 3.00pm - 4.15pm
Prerequisites: General knowledge of networking expected. No EE or
previous wireless coursework needed. In case you are unsure, please
feel free to send me an email.
The combination of unlicensed spectrum, cheap wireless interfaces and
the inherent convenience of untethered computing have made 802.11,
Bluetooth, and similar wireless networks ubiquitous in the enterprise.
Modern universities, corporate campuses and government offices
routinely deploy scores of access points to blanket their sites with
wireless Internet access. More recently, neighborhoods and
municipalities have begun to deploy wireless mesh access networks.
However, while the fine-grained behavior of the 802.11 protocol itself
has been well studied, our understanding of how to address the
challenges facing large 802.11 networks is surprisingly limited. A
great deal of research over the past few years has focused on studying
and improving the performance of these deployments.
This course will survey seminal and recent work in wireless networking,
focusing on enterprise and mesh 802.11 networks. We will approach the
topic from a systems perspective, generally focusing on the MAC layer
and above, although we will begin with a brief overview of the physical
link characteristics. We will consider a number of proposed mechanisms
for routing, forwarding, and end-to-end packet transport, in addition
to techniques to improve the performance, reliability, and energy
Two classes per week with discussion on two papers in each class.
Grade for this class will be based on:
Note : The material and layout of this course is derived from a similar class taught at UCSD by Alex Snoeren.
- Class participation 15%
- Term project (software artifact and paper) 60%
- Paper evaluations 15%
- Paper presentations 10%