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Network Architecture and Performance

ETSN10, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED C/D
Date of Decision: 2017-04-03

General Information

Main field: Communication Systems.
Compulsory for: MWIR1
Elective for: C4-ks, D4-ks, E4-ks, I4, I4-pvs
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course gives a deep understanding of the principles of network construction from a performance aspect. The course comprises two main components, investigation and dimensioning of networks through mathematical modelling and simulation as well as fundamental network architecture types. The course covers both public and local access network constructs such as 3G/LTE as well as WLAN, Ad-Hoc and Mesh networks, Internet of Things, etc. Furthermore, the course covers performance issues such as queuing behaviour, congestion control and performance engineering. The course covers both theoretical aspects through modelling as well as practical studies through a system design project.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course gives a deep understanding of principles, functions and techniques that form the foundation of communication networks with an emphasis on wireless communication systems. In particular, the course covers these functions' behaviour and performance based on the stochastic nature of the data streams in modern communication networks.

The course covers both public systems (3G, LTE) and technologies for wireless local networks (WLAN, Ad-Hoc, and mesh networks). The course gives an understanding of how these systems integrate more and more, advantages and disadvantages as well as problems and their solutions in connection with this integration. The courses also discusses current and future trends in network systems such as Internet of Things and Tactile Internet, and the enabling technologies being developed for them.

The course structure contains lectures and exercises, as well as a lab on network simulation and data analysis. Further, students will complete a group-based system design project.

The course is divided into the following modules:

The following systems and technologies are covered:

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The course assessment is divided in two sections, a written exam and a project assignment. The grade of the course is based on the written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam.
Code: 0218. Name: Project.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Accepted project. Contents: Performance analysis and simulations of networked systems


Required prior knowledge: Basic knowledge in communication systems corresponding to ETS052 Computer Communication or ETS150 Data Communication. Basic knowledge in statistics and probability theory.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ETS190, ETSN01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Examinator: Björn Landfeldt,
Course coordinator: Emma Fitzgerald,
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