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S-38.3215 Special Course on Networking Technology (6-9 ECTS) L

Fall 2006


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Course theme: QoS and QoE Management in UMTS Cellular Networks


     
In autumn 2006, S-38.3215 combines the Quality of Service (QoS) defined for Internet with differentiation methods proposed for cellular networks.

The course provides students state-of-the art guidance on QoS and Quality of end-user Experience (QoE) management in UMTS cellular systems, tackling planning, provisioning, monitoring and optimization issues in a single course.

In addition, service applications, QoS concept, architecture and functions in access, packet & circuit switched core and backbone networks are presented.

In particular, the course:

Defines and explains the differences between QoS and QoE, and end-to-end concept, based on the premise that it is the end-user who is the ultimate beneficiary of QoS.
Covers QoS and QoE issues related to present and forthcoming service applications, including multimedia messaging service (MMS), Video Sharing (VS), content download, business connectivity, Push to talk over Cellular (PoC), Voice over IP (VoIP), presence, instant messaging, gaming, streaming and browsing.
Presents QoS concepts and architecture as defined in 3GPP Releases 97/98, 99, 5, 6, and 7, and provides a comprehensive description of protocols and packet data transfer across WCDMA evolved and (E)GPRS networks.
Discusses service driven radio network planning aspects for (E)GPRS and WCDMA.
Covers concepts, means and methods for QoS provisioning, QoS & QoE performance monitoring and optimization.


The course is based on the following book:
D. Soldani, Renaud Cuny and Man Li, (Editors), QoS and QoE Management in UMTS Cellular Networks, John Wiley & Sons, June 2006, 460 pp. .

General information:
The course is organized and lectured by David Soldani (p. 050.3633527). It consists of lectures (18 h), two exercise classes (pre-exams), and an official examination (written and oral exams). The course is worth 8 ECTS. It is an optional course, which can be included in post graduate studies. The working language is English.
Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of: mobile communications systems and services, QoS for Internet (DiffServ, IntServ), radio channel propagation models, radio and transport resource management methods, cellular network planning and optimization, queuing theory and statistics.

Personnel

The course is lectured by David Soldani. Please ask him about the course contents and the grading. You can also contact Mika Tarvainen for any immediate queries concerning the schedules etc.

Registration

Please register via the TOPI system, or in case of trouble via e-mail.

Course schedule

Lectures (2 hours/week):

Lectures will be held on Tuesday between 17:00-19:00 o'clock in room E110. The first lecture will be held on Tuesday 19.09.2006. Altogether there will be 9 lectures. Handouts of the lectures are (hopefully) available from the web page Lectures.

Exercise classes (pre-exams):

Each pre-exam consists of 20 questions with multiple choice answers. The first pre-exam will be based on Chapter 1-5 and will be held on Tuesday 21.11.2006 from 17:00 to 19:00 in room in S3 (1.5 h for the pre-exam and 30' for test correction in class). The second pre-exam will be based on Chapter 6-10 and will take place on Tuesday 28.11.2006 at the same time, in the same way, in S3. The results of the two pre-exams will be combined, and the student may choose either to accept the grade resulting from the two tests, or try to improve the attained grade coming at the official examination on 12.12.2006 in S3.
19.9 17:00 - 19:00 Introduction [slides (updated 5.10.2006) ] 1 Lecture [slides (updated 5.10.2006) ]
26.9 17:00 - 19:00 2. Lecture [slides (updated 5.10.2006)]
3.10 17:00 - 19:00 3. Lecture [slides (updated 9.10.2006) ]
10.10 17:00 - 19:00 4. Lecture [slides] [ Example file of QoS differentiation]
17.10 17:00 - 19:00 5. Lecture [slides] [ Example file of QoS differentiation]
24.10 17:00 - 19:00 6. Lecture [slides ] [ Matlab file ] [ Matlab file ]
31.10 17:00 - 19:00 7. Lecture [slides ]
7.11 17:00 - 19:00 8. Lecture [slides ] [ Excel file ]
14.11 17:00 - 19:00 9. Lecture [slides ]
21.11 17:00 - 19:00 in S3 Pre-exam 1 over Chapters 1-5 (or L1-4)
Each pre-exam consists of a test of 20 questions with multiple choice answers. Duration is 1.5 hour
28.11 17:00 - 19:00 in S3 Pre-exam 2 over Chapters 6-10 (or L5-9) [Results ]
5.12 17:00 - 19:00 in S3 Oral exam (see below instruction for enrollment) [Results ]
12.12 16:00 - 17:30 in I346 Oral exam (see below instruction for enrollment)
12.12 17:00 - 19:00 in S3 Official written test with 40 questions with multiple choice answers [Results ]
19.12 17:00 - 19:00 in S3 Oral exam (see below instruction for enrollment)
30.1 17:00 - 19:00 in E110 Written exam [Results ]
Feb.07 Oral exam: please contact David Soldani to agree on the time.

Enrollment to oral exam:
Please send your application to one oral exam session to Mika Tarvainen; the list of students enrolled at oral exam must be known at least one day before the session.

Lectures (contents)

1. Introduction to QoE and QoS management. Mobile Service Applications and Performance in UMTS QoE and QoS Circuit switched and packet switched service applications Service application performance in 2G and 3G mobile networks

2. QoS in UMTS cellular systems as define in the standards Application and bearer service categorization GPRS network architecture and functions QoS in transport network QoS concept and architecture

3. Packet Data Transfer in UMTS Cellular Networks User plane and control plane protocols in EGPRS and WCMDA networks Radio interface in EGPRS and WCDMA networks

4. QoS Functions in Access Networks QoS management functions with QoS differentiation in GERA networks QoS management functions with QoS differentiation in UTRA networks

5. QoS Functions in Core and Backbone Networks Circuit-switched QoS Packet-switched core QoS Backbone QoS

6. Service and QoS Aspects in Radio Network Dimensioning and Planning WCDMA radio dimensioning and planning (E)GPRS dimensioning

7. QoS Provisioning Hierarchy in QoS management Radio, core and transport QoS provisioning Service and mobile terminal QoS provisioning QoS provisioning tools

8. QoE and QoS Monitoring QoE and QoS assurance concept QoE monitoring framework QoS monitoring framework Post-processing and statistical methods Mapping between QoE and QoS performance QoE and QoS monitoring tools

9. Optimization Service optimization concept and architecture QoS optimization in GERA networks QoS optimization in UTRA networks QoS optimization in core and backbone networks Service application performance improvement

Grading and course completion:

Both written and oral sessions are mandatory. The course is considered completed if the candidate has done the written test and passed the oral exam. Students are recommended to enroll at oral exam based on the results of the written test. Who has answered correctly to 30 questions out of 40 is by default recommended to attend the oral exam. Anybody may enroll to the oral exam after he/she has done the written test.

Enrollment to oral exam: Please send your application to one oral exam session to Mika Tarvainen; the list of students enrolled at oral exam must be known at least one day before the session.

Grades will be based on the results of the written and oral exams:
0: Not pass
1: Satisfactory
2: Very satisfactory
3: Good
4: Very good
5: Excellent


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