2006

VT 2006, Period 3, 2G1330 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures (Arkitekturer för trådlösa och mobila nätverk)

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2G1330 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures is a 5 point course designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; especially those in the Telecommunication Graduate Program or the International Masters Wireless program.

Advanced undergraduates should have completed the course 2G1305 (Internetworking) or 2G1701 (Advanced Internetworking) or an equivalent course. Students without one of these courses should obtain permission of the 2G1330 instructor.

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Aim

This course will give both practical and general knowledge concerning wireless and mobile network architectures. After this course you should have some knowledge of these architectures and understand the basic priciples behind them. You should be able to read the current literature at the level of conference papers in this area.

As with the Internetworking course you may not be able to understand all of the papers in journals, magazines, and conferences in this area - you should be able to read 90% or more of them and have good comprehension. In this area it is especially important that develop a habit of reading the journals, trade papers, etc. In addition, you should also be aware of both standardization activities, new products/services, and public policy in the area.

You should be able to write papers suitable for submission to Mobicom and other conferences and journals in the area. This course should prepare you for starting an exjobb in this area (for undergraduate students) or beginning a thesis or dissertation (for graduate students).


Prerequisites

  • Telesys, gk or Datorkommunikation och datornät/Data and Computer Communications or equivalent knowledge in Computer Communications; Internetworking; and permission of the instructor

Students considering participating in this course should contact the instructor.


Contents

This course will focus on the network architectures that are used in wireless and mobile networks. In some cases we will dig deeper into the protocols used by such networks. The course should give both practical and more general knowledge concerning the these network architectures.

The course consists of 10 hours of lectures, and an assigned paper requiring roughly 50h of work by each student.

Topics

  • Mobility Management
  • Handoff Management: Detection and Assignment, Radio Link Transfer
  • Network Signaling
  • Intersystem Handoff and Authentication in IS-41
  • Roaming
  • Example networks: Cellular Digital Packet Data, GSM, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), WLAN
  • Mobile Number Portability, User Mobility, Device Mobility, ...
  • Economic models, such as, Prepaid, Flat rate, ...
  • Mobile Services
  • Heterogeneous networks

Examination Requirements

  • An assigned paper requiring roughly 50h of work by each student (5 p)
  • Registration: Friday 03-Feb-06, to maguire@it.kth.se with the "Subject: 2G1330 topics" giving:
    • Group members, leader.
    • Topic selected
  • Written report
    • The length of the final report should be ~10 pages (roughly 5,000 words) for each student; it should not be longer than 12 pages for each student - papers which are longer than 12 pages per student will be graded as "U".
    • Papers should not focus on physical and link layer issues as this is not a course in radio communication systems, but rather the papers should look at things which have an impact on the architecture or upon which the architecture has an effect.
    • If there are multiple students in a project group, the report may be in the form of a collections of papers, with each paper suitable for submission to a conference or journal.
    • Contribution by each member of the group - must be clear (in the case where the report is a collection of papers - the role of each member of the group can be explain in the overall introduction to the papers.
    • The report should clearly describe: 1) what you have done; 2) who did what; if you have done some implementation and measurements you should describe the methods and tools used, along with the test or implementation results, and your analysis.
    • Final Report: written report due Monday 27-Feb-06 at 23:59 + oral presentations scheduled Friday 10-Mar-06 from 08:00-17:00 in room 439
    • Send email with URL link to maguire@it.kth.se
    • Late assignments will not be accepted. Papers which are submitted after the deadline will be graded, but the grading might not be completed before the end of the term.
    • Note that it is pemissible to start working well in advance of the deadlines!
    • Language: the report can be written in Swedish or English (NB: I can provide better feedback if the report is written in English.)
  • Oral presentations: Each group should present their results for at most 20 minutes (note that this is the upper limit on time - not a lower limit, thus an individial doing a project might plan on 8-10 minutes), followed by some discussion. You only need to attend the half-day you present. The exact schedule into half-days will be made once I have received the written reports.

Grades: U, 3, 4, 5

To get a 4 you need to write a very good paper, i.e., it should be either a very good review or present a new idea; and you have to give a very good oral presentation.
To get a 5 you need to have an outstanding or excellent paper and give an outstanding oral presentation.

"komplettering" - students who do not pass can submit a revised version of their paper (or a completely new paper) - which will be evaluated.

Code of Honor and Regulations

KTH has a common code of honor and regulations (see Code of Honor and Regulations).


Literature

Main Text-Book

The course will mainly be based on the book Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures by Yi-Bing Lin and Imrich Chlamtac, John Wiley & Sons; 2001 ISBN: 0-471-39492-0 (a version published in Singapore is ISBN 9971-51-366-8).

Copies of the textbook will be on sale at the "Kistabutiken" (student bookshop), located in Electrum, level 3. Above the restaurant.

Additional Reference Books

  • Mobile IP: Design Principles and Practices by Charles E. Perkins, Addison-Wesley, 1998, ISBN 0-201-63469-4.
  • Mobile IP: the Internet Unplugged by James D. Solomon, Prentice Hall, 1998, ISBN 0-13-856246-6.
  • Pervasive Computing: Technology and Architecture of Mobile Internet Applications by Jochen Burkhardt, Dr. Horst Henn, Stefan Hepper, Klaus Rintdoff, and Thomas Schäck, Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-72215-1. This is a book about writing Java server applications for PDA, WAP devices, PCs, ... .
  • Wireless Internet Applications and Architecture: Building Professional Wireless Applications Worldwide by Mark Beaulieu, Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-73354-4. This book gives provides some good descriptions of why mobile applications are not like desktop applications.
  • William C.Y. Lee, Mobile Cellular Telecommunications: Analog and Digital Systems, Second Edition, 1995, ISBN 0-07-038089-9; all the usual radio topics
  • Ellen Kayata Wesel, Wireless Multimedia Communications: Networking Video, Voice, and Data, Addison-Wesley, 1998, ISBN 0-201-63394-9. (This book is really about signal processing and means to over come problems. Written by someone who works with satellite systems.)
  • David J. Goodman, Wireless Personal Communication Systems, Addison-Wesley, 1997, ISBN 0-201-63470-8. Greate coverage about the link layer details and general architectures of AMPS, IS-41, North American TDMA and CDMA, and GSM. Only very brief coverage of CT2, DECT, PHS, and PACS. This is an exteremely well written book.
  • Theodore S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition, Prentice-Hall, 2002, 736 pp., ISBN: 0-13-042232-0.
  • H. Peter Alesso and Craig F. Smith, The Intelligent Wireless Web, Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-201-73063-4.
  • K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Principles of Wireless Networks, Prentice Hall PTR, 2002, ISBN 0-13-093003-2.
  • WLAN
    • Håkan Lindberg, Trålösa nätverl - WLAN, WEP och WiFi, Studentlitterature, Lund, 2002, ISBN-91-44-02696-X
    • Harold Davis and Richard Mansfield, The Wi-Fi Experience: Everyone's Guide to 802.11b Wireless Networking, Que, Book and CD-ROM edition (December 21, 2001), 176 pages, ISBN: 0789726629
    • Matthew S. Gast, 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st edition (April 2002), 464 pages, ISBN: 0596001835
    • Jim Geier, Wireless LANS - Implementing High Performance IEEE 802.11 Networks, Sams, 2nd edition (July 9, 2001), 360 pages, ISBN: 0672320584
    • Lawrence Harte (Editor), Nancy Campbell, R. Dreher, Richard Dreher (Illustrator), Steve Kellogg (Editor), Steven Kellogg, Tom Schaffnit, Lisa Gosselin, Judith Rourke-O'Briant, The Comprehensive Guide to Wireless Technology, APDG Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2000), 278 pages, ISBN: 0965065847
    • James LaRocca, Ruth Larocca, and Judy Bass, 802.11 Demystified: Wi-Fi Made Easy, McGraw-Hill Professional, 1st edition (June 10, 2002), 291 pages, ISBN: 0071385282
    • Daniel Minoli, Hotspot Networks: WiFi for Public Access Locations, McGraw-Hill Professional, (September 4, 2002), 435 pages, ISBN: 0071409785
    • Bob O'Hara and Al Petrick, The IEEE 802.11 Handbook: A Designer's Companion, IEEE, 1 edition (December 1999), ISBN: 0738118559
    • E. Ouellet, R. Padjen, A. Pfund, R. Fuller (Ed.), and T. Blakenship (Ed.), Building a CISCO Wireless LAN, Syngress Media Inc., 1st edition (June 15, 2002), 520 pages, ISBN: 192899458X
    • Ron Seide, Neil P. Reid, Lyssa Wald (Illustrator), and Dave Molta, Wi-Fi (802.11) Network Handbook, McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, (December 5, 2002), 363 pages, ISBN: 0072226234
    • James Trulove (Editor), Build Your Own Wireless LAN (with Projects), McGraw-Hill Professional, 1st edition (May 29, 2002), 351 pages, ISBN: 0071380450 Also as an e-book.
    • Jeffrey Wheat, Randy Hiser, Jackie Tucker, Alicia Neely, and Andy McCullough, Designing a Wireless Network, Syngress Media Inc., 1st edition (June 15, 2001), 379 pages, ISBN: 1928994458
    • IETF BoF Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP)
    • WRAPIis a Microsoft Windows XP software library that allows applications to query/set information about an IEEE 802.11 network.
    • Enrico Pelletta, Maximum Throughput of IEEE 802.11 Access Points: Test Procedure and Measurements, Masters Thesis, Department of Microelectronics and Information Technology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 10th August 2004.
  • WLAN security
    • Christian Barnes, Tony Bautts, Donald Lloyd, Eric Ouellet, Jeffrey Posluns, David M. Zendzian, Neal O'Farrell (Editor), Erif Ouellet, Hack Proofing Your Wireless Network, Syngress Media Inc., 1st edition (February 28, 2002), 512 pages, ISBN: 1928994598
    • Jahanzeb Khan and Anis Khwaja, Building Secure Wireless Networks with 802.11, John Wiley & Sons, 1 edition (January 10, 2003), 320 pages, ISBN: 0471237159
    • Stewart S. Miller, Wi-Fi Security, McGraw-Hill Professional, (January 22, 2003), 309 pages, ISBN: 0071410732
    • Randall K. Nichols and Panos C. Lekkas, Wireless Security: Models, Threats, and Solutions, McGraw-Hill Professional, 1st edition (December 13, 2001), 657 pages, ISBN: 0071380388
    • Cyrus Peikari and Seth Fogie, Maximum Wireless Security, Sams, Book and CD-ROM edition (December 18, 2002), 408 pages, ISBN: 0672324881
    • Bruce Potter and Bob Fleck (Editor), 802.11 Security, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st Edition edition (December 2002), 208 pages, ISBN: 0596002904
    • Russell Dean Vines, Wireless Security Essentials: Defending Mobile Systems from Data Piracy, John Wiley & Sons, 1st edition (July 15, 2002), 320 pages, ISBN: 0471209368
    • Bernard Aboba's "Unofficial 802.11 Security Web Page"
  • Community WLANs
    • Rob Flickenger, Building Wireless Community Networks, O'Reilly & Associates, 1st edition (December 15, 2001), 150 pages, ISBN: 0596002041
  • Bluetooth
    • Jennifer Bray and Charles F. Sturman, Bluetooth, Prentice Hall PTR; 1st edition (December 15, 2000), ASIN: 0130898406
    • Brent A. Miller and Chatschik Bisdikian, Bluetooth Revealed: The Insider's Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications, Prentice Hall PTR; (September 25, 2000), ISBN: 0130902942
  • 802.16
  • low-power wireless sensor networks
  • John Meurling and Richard Jeans, "The Mobile Phone Book: The invention of the mobile telephone industry, Published by CommunicationsWeek International on behalf of Ericsson Radio Systems, 1994, ISBN 0-9524031-0-2
  • SIM related
  • "linear 4G vision" vs. "concurrent 4G vision" is described in Erik Bohlin, Sven Lindmark, Joakim Björkdahl, Arnd Weber, Bernd Wingert, and Pieter Ballon, The Future of Mobile Communications in the EU: Assessing the Potential of 4G, Carlos Rodriguez Casal, Jean-Claude Burgelman, Gérard Carat (IPTS editors). Foresight on Information Technologies in Europe (FISTE), The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) EUR No: EUR 21192 EN, Year: 2004, ISBN: 92-894-7872-1

Lecture notes will be available on-line in PDF format.

Supplementary readings

  • Joseph Mitola III, "Software Radio Architecture: Object-Oriented Approaches to Wireless Systems Engineering", John Wiley & Sons, October 20, 2000, 568 pages, ISBN: 0-471-38492-5
  • Joseph Mitola and Zoran Zvonar (eds.) "Software Radio Technologies: Selected Readings", IEEE, 1st edition, 2001, 544 pages ISBN: 0780360222.
  • Markus Dillinger, Kambiz Madani, and Nancy Alonistioti (eds.), "Software Defined Radio: Architectures, Systems and Functions", Wiley, 2003, ISBN 0-470-85164-3.

To be added

Useful URLs


Schedule

Note that in the following "xx" means "xx:00", not "xx:15".

Dates for 2006:

DateTimeRoomNotes
Thursday 19-Jan-06 10:00-12:00 Sal D Föreläsning 1
Thursday 19-Jan-06 14:00-18:00 Aulan Föreläsning 2
Friday 20-Jan-06 10:00-12:00 Aulan Föreläsning 3
Friday 20-Jan-06 14:00-18:00 Aulan Föreläsning 4

Note that Sal D and Sal E are in the Forum building in Kista.


Lecture Plan and Lecture Material (OH slides)

Note that the lectures will occur in a very intensive fashion to accommodate graduate students coming from elsewhere in Sweden.

Thelecture material for 2006(2.2 Mbytes)


Staff Associated with the Course


Registering

Use the normal process for registering. For most students this means you should speak with your study advisor (studievägledare.

  • Students who are not regularily enrolled can apply for the course by filling out an application form -- please bring this form with you to class - so that I can expedite its processing (since normally this application should be submitted in advance of the course.

Previous versions of the course

Other on-line Course Material

An example of an outstanding paper on imode, it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper examing the much lower layer issues of Handover Considerations in the Design of Multi-Standard Transceiver Front Ends, it appears here with permission of the author.

Another example paper: Wireless VPN: IPSec vs. SSL/TLS by Åsa Pehrson. It appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper examining multimedia messaging is that of Max Loubser, " User created content with MMS", it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper and slides from the oral presentation (on 2006.03.14) concerning bypassing access control in semi-open wireless networks. The link to this paper appears with permission of the author.

The local MONACO GSM/GPRS system.


Sources for Further Information

Most GSM standards can be accessed from ETSI

Two papers about MANETs:

Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte's podcasts about WiFi security

http://vowlan.wifinetnews.com/

Mobilepipeline mobile related on-line news

For further information related to communications (especially conferences, publications, ...) contact one of the professional societies, such as the IEEE Communications Society, vendors, or use the WWW! [For access to the electronics library see KTHB e-library.]

Handsets poised to be commodities: "Microsoft, Intel Aim for High-End Phone", Wall Street Journal Europe, Tuesday, 19 Feb. 2002, page 1 and pg. A6, features an article, which describes how they are attempting to provide a platform for high-end phones so that they will be commodities just like PCs. The figure on A6 shows the basic components of a handset and lists the prices for the components and for licensing the design "framework":

color screen 17 euro
printed circuit board 9 euro
flash memory 2 euro
radio chip and related electronics 40 euro
baseband chip 34 euro
battery 29 euro
license for reference design for phone 7.50 euro
license of user interface software 3.40 euro
license for operating system software 5.70 euro

An footnote indicates that the last three items could be developed in house, but typically cost 15 euros from outside suppliers.

IEEE 802.15 Working group:
802.15.3 high performance requirements (upto 55Mbps)
802.15.4 low bandwidth (~250kbps), extra-low power MAC and physical devices

Working group IEEE P802.20, Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems

Qovia Inc. annouced software to block VoIP Spam in June 2004, as a module for their VoIP Monitoring and Management System.

Near Field Communication Forum

For those looking at power measurements, as useful reference is Joe Bardwell, Converting Signal Strength Percentage to dBm Values, Executive Summary, WildPackets, November 2002.

For information about the structure of the SIM file system see chapter 8: Pocket PC Phone Edition, in Steve Makofsky, "Pocket PC Network Programming", Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0-321-13352-8.

Georg Eidenschink, Elatic, Smart Card solutions for everyone, Elatec Vertriebs GmbH - a very nice introduction to smart cards and there use as SIM and USIM cards

Cisco has just made the source code for a number of GSM signalling protocols publically available - see their GSM Source Module Library (GSML)


Page History

Earlier courses: 2005 2004 2003, 2002

DateUpdate
2006.03.26 added ETSI link
2006.03.07 started posting times and titles of oral presentations
2006.02.06 added many links regarding 802.16 - especially 802.16e, SIM cards, and 4G
2006.02.01 added link Cisco's GSM Source Module Library (GSML)
2006.01.13 added link to first version of lecture notes for 2006
2005.12.06 added link IMS roaming exjobb description
2005.11.25 added link Joe Bardwell's paper
2005.11.18 added link to Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte podcasts
2005.11.02 added dates and times for 2006
2005.10.10 added link to preprint of Enck et al.
2005.10.03 made the 2006 version of the page the default (via the index.html link)
2005.09.25 added link to vowlan.wifinetnews.com
2005.08.22 added note regarding "komplettering"
2005.08.01 added another example paper
2005.06.19 first version for 2006

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