ECE Course Outline
Network Design and Simulation (3-3-4)
- ECE 3076/3600
- Catalog Description
- Introduces the principles of Monte Carlo techniques and network simulation, and applies them to design issues in ATM systems
- No Textbook Specified.
- Topical Outline
Part I: Simulation Methodologies Pseudo-random numbers, generation of samples of a distribution, the inverse-transformation method. Estimating expected-valued functions of a random variable by averaging the outputs of independent random experiments. Special consideration will be given to exponential, Poisson, Gaussian and geometric random variables. The memoryless property of the exponential distribution, and its use in simulating Poisson processes. Input analysis: generating a distribution from experimental data. Output analysis: variance reduction techniques. Discrete event simulation: the structure of discrete event systems, queueing systems, and fork-join networks. Sensitivity analysis and optimization. Part II: Networks The ISO Reference Model and the IEEE-802 LAN architecture. Asynchronous Transfer Mode: The basic protocol. Network control: virtual connections, delay control and congestion control. LAN emulation. The lectures will cover the material in Part I and Part II in parallel, with emphasis on performance issues in ATM networks. The students will prepare a simulation project for performance evaluation or optimization, and written reports on some of the main issues concerning ATM networks control.
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