Communication Networks 2

(Kommunikationsnetze, Aufbaumodul)

Main lecturers:

 Jun.-Prof. Giang T. Nguyen                Prof. Frank Fitzek

Teaching assistance:

 B.Sc. Jennifer Gabriel                Dipl.-Ing. Vincent Latzko Dipl.-Ing. Vincent Latzko


Please direct any questions to Jennifer Gabriel ( or Giang Nguyen (
More information can be found in TUD Aktuelle Hinweise COVID-19


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

  • Computation in Future Communication Networks and Tactile Internet
  • Network Slicing
  • Mobile Edge Cloud (MEC)
  • Software-defined Networking (SDN)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Machine Learning (for Communication Networks)
  • Hands-on Exercises: Mininet, ComNetsEmu, Docker, Network Slicing, Mobile Edge Cloud


The 5G Atom.

Module Description

  • Module Number: ET-12 10 05
  • Language of lecture: English
  • Optional course, this course is offered only in the summer semester.

Course Schedule

  • Lectures (L): Tuesdays, 13:00 – 14:30, BAR/0213
  • Exercises (E): Thursdays of the odd calendar weeks, 13:00 – 14:30, BAR/S4
WeekDateLecture typeLocationTopicNotes
1405.04.L1BAR/0213Lecture introduction; Computing in Future Communication Networks (p1)
1512.04.L2BAR/0213Computing in Future Communication Networks (p2)
14.04.__E1____BAR/S4__Introduction to experiment setup (e.g., Mininet, Docker, etc.)
19.04.L3BAR/0213Standardisation Activities for Future Communication Networks
26.04.L4BAR/0213Mobile Edge Cloud (MEC)
1803.05.L5BAR/0213Software Defined Networks (SDN) p1
1910.05.--NO LECTURES(5G++ Summit Dresden)
12.05.--NO EXERCISES(5G++ Summit Dresden)
2017.05.L6BAR/0213Software Defined Networks (SDN) p2
2124.05.L7BAR/0213Network Slicing
26.05.--NO EXERCISES(Ascension Day)
2231.05.L8BAR/0213Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
2307.06.--NO LECTURES(Pentecost)
09.06.--NO EXERCISES(Pentecost)
2414.06.L9BAR/0213Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN)
2521.06.L10BAR/0213Machine Learning
23.06__E3____BAR/0218__Machine Learning in the Network
2628.06.L11BAR/0213Content Distribution
2705.07.L12BAR/0213Programmable networks
07.07.__E4____BAR/0218__Realizing Network Slicing
2812.07.L13BAR/0213Q&A and exam preparation

For your reference, you are invited to watch the lecture videos of the last year, which are available on the YouTube playlist.


Examination schedule for the SS 2022:

  • Date: (TBD…)
  • Time: (preliminary) 8:50 – 10:50 (120 Minutes)
  • Room: (TBD…)

Further Material

Teaching Book

This time we will use our book: Computing in Communication Networks: From Theory to Practice.
An introduction of the book and related slides for each chapter can be found on our website.
We will distribute the corresponding chapters of the book in the course.

The Network Emulator for Hands-on Exercises

We will use ComNetsEmu, our holistic network emulator.

Further Reading

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.