This book is the result of a series of tutorials, generally on the topic of Computing in Communication Networks, that we offered at several IEEE conferences over the last years. Furthermore, parts of this book are outcomes of our lecture series in Dresden, such as Communication Networks I, II, and III, Network Coding, and Cooperation in Communication Networks. These particular courses are based on classical lecture elements and aligned with several problem-based learning course elements, where the students work on their individual (mini) projects. Therefore, we hope that other educators will find this book helpful in providing easy access to the topic. We similarly hope that students in courses related to computing in communication networks will find this book helpful to provide valuable learning experiences, particularly by means of the examples presented in this book.
This book features several tutorial-style chapters in its beginning to provide (student) readers with a basic understanding of communication systems and technologies, assuming a basic familiarity with the overall content domain. We keep this introductory content to a minimum and focus directly on applied examples for an intuitive approach to the subject matter. Whenever possible, we provide the interested reader with additional background references for further studies. We similarly note that the examples provided in this book are optimized for teaching purposes and are not suited for production. This book is also the outcome of direct requests from our students over the last years to have a complete lecture script rather than a set of, hopefully nice, slides. It is always difficult to aim at a moving target, and the topic of this book is so current, that we had to make a choice of the content to include, selection what will likely have the highest possible impact in the future. We maintain a companion website for this book, in order to improve the provided examples, introduce additional content over time, and to collect your feedback. Furthermore, we provide presentation slide decks to aid educators and students of Computing in Communication Networks in utilizing this book in their educational endeavors.
Computing in Communication Networks
There are several ways to read this book. Its structure consists of eight major parts and 27 chapters, as illustrated in the following Figure. For students, we propose to read the book sequentially from the beginning to the end. Chapter 1 provides a
solid introduction to the topic and connects all necessary technologies that will be discussed in greater detail in the subsequent chapters. Chapter 2 lists several standardization activities, completing Part 1. Parts 2 and 3 describe the underlying
concepts and enabling technologies for computing in communication networks, while Part 4 describes current innovations that are made possible and are likely to be implemented at scale in the near future. The first four parts are helpful information
for the reader to understand the examples and to motivate the need for computing in future communication networks.
The core of this book is the ComNets emulator described in Part 5 together with the underlying software implementations mininet and docker. Experts that are familiar with the underlying theoretical topics could directly start with this part. In Part 6, examples are provided to deploy the various technologies described in the prior parts of the book. Part 7 contains extensions to the ComNets emulator. The last part, namely Part 8, introduces the basic tools used in the aforementioned examples.
Now we wish all students a lot of fun reading this book and trying out the examples. We look forward to new examples that will be generated in our Problem-Based Learning courses in the future.
Frank H.P. Fitzek
Chapter Video – Part 1
Chapter Video – Part 2