Communication Networks 2

(Kommunikationsnetze 2)


Lecturer: Professor Frank Fitzek
Main lecturer:
Professor Frank Fitzek
Assistant: Dipl.-Ing. Zuo Xiang
Dipl.-Ing. Zuo Xiang


Course will be held partially online due to current corona situation.
More information can be found in TUD Aktuelle Hinweise COVID-19



Examination schedule for the SS 2020:

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Room: TBD


  • Module Number: ET-12 10 05
  • Language of lecture: English
  • Optional course, 8th semester
  • This course is offered only in Summer Semester.

In this course we cover hot topics of communication networks, including but are not limited to:

  • Tactile Internet & Cyber Physical Systems
  • Network Slicing
  • Mobile Edge Cloud
  • Software-Defined Networks
  • Network Function Virtualization
  • Machine Learning (for communication networks)
  • Exercises: Mininet, ComNetsEmu, Docker, Network Slicing, Mobile Edge Cloud
  • Course Material

    Please take care to enroll via OPAL to receive updates and to get the lecture notes/slides (in the Material zur Lehrveranstaltung SS2020 folder on OPAL).

    Teaching Book

    This time we will use our new book: Computing in Communication Networks: From Theory to Practice.
    An introduction of the book and related slides of each chapter can be founded here.

    We will distribute the corresponding chapters of the book in the course.

    Related Publications:

    • Fitzek, Frank HP, and Patrick Seeling. “Why We Should NOT Talk about 6G.” arXiv preprint arXiv:2003.02079 (2020).
    • Zuo Xiang, Frank Gabriel, Elena Urbano, Giang T. Nguyen, Martin Reisslein, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Reducing Latency in Virtual Machines Enabling Tactile Internet for Human Machine Co-working, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 37 (5), pp. 1098-1116, 2019, ISSN: 0733-8716.
    • Justus Rischke, Frank Gabriel, Sreekrishna Pandi, Giang T. Nguyen, Hani Salah, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Improving Communication Reliability Efficiently: Adaptive Redundancy for RLNC in SDN, IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft), Paris, France, 2019.
    • Tung V. Doan, Alexander Kropp, Giang T. Nguyen, Hani Salah, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Reusing Sub-chains of Network Functions to Support MEC Services, IEEE ISCC, Barcelona, Spain, 2019.
    • Robert-Steve Schmoll, Tobias Fischer, Hani Salah, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Comparing and Evaluating Application-specific Boot Times of Virtualized Instances, IEEE 5G World Forum, Dresden, Germany, 2019.
    • Tung V. Doan, Giang T. Nguyen, Hani Salah, Sreekrishna Pandi, Michael Jarschel, Rastin Pries, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Containers vs Virtual Machines: Choosing the Right Virtualization Technology for Mobile Edge Cloud, IEEE 5G World Forum, Dresden, Germany, 2019.
    • Dongho You, Tung V. Doan, Roberto Torre, Mahshid Mehrabi, Alexander Kropp, Hani Salah, Vu Nguyen, Giang T. Nguyen, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Fog Computing as an Enabler for Immersive Media: Service Scenarios and Research Opportunities, IEEE Access, 2019.

    Testbed for exercises

    We will use ComNetsEmu, our holistic testbed/emulator. If you have questions or suggestions related to the testbed, or if you faced some issues while using it, please send an email to Zuo Xiang.

    Course Schedule

    Course will be held partially online due to current corona situation.

    Starting date: 07.04.2020
    Lectures: Tuesday 13:00 – 14.30    Room: Online
    Exercises: Thursday (odd weeks) 13:00 – 14:30    Room: Online

    The playlist of all videos is here and you can find clickable links to videos of each specific topic in the “Video” column of the table below.

    07.04.2020L1OnlineComputing in communication networks 1 with following 7 parts: L1-01: Introduction, L1-02: 5G motivation, L1-03: 5G technical requirements, L1-04: 5G concepts, L1-05: 5G software belts, L1-06: 5G novelty, L1-07: 5G game changer L1-01, L1-02, L1-03, L1-04, L1-05, L1-06, L1-07
    09.04.2020L2OnlineComputing in communication networks 2: Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop (CeTI)L2-01, L2-02
    14.04.2020L3OnlineStandardisation activites: 3GPP; IETF; ETSI; ITU
    21.04.2020L4OnlineNetwork Slicing
    23.04.2020L5OnlineMobile Edge Cloud
    28.04.2020L6OnlineContent Distribution
    05.05.2020L7OnlineSoftware Defined Networks 1
    07.05.2020L8OnlineSoftware Defined Networks 2
    12.05.2020L9OnlineSoftware Defined Radio
    19.05.2020L10OnlineNetwork Function Virtualization
    21.05.2020L11OnlineMachine Learning 1
    26.05.2020L12OnlineMachine Learning 2
    18.06.2020E3OnlineComNetsEmu (ComNets Network Emulator) Introduction
    23.06.2020E4OnlineComNetsEmu (ComNets Network Emulator) first steps (echo server,; docker in docker)
    30.06.2020E5OnlineRealizing Network Slicing
    02.07.2020E6OnlineRealizing Mobile Edge Cloud
    07.07.2020E7OnlineMachine Learning for Routing
    14.07.2020E8OnlineMachine Learning Congestion Control
    16.07.2020Q&AOnlineQ&A and exam preparation