Communication Networks 3

(Kommunikationsnetze 3)

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


Optional course, 9th Semester
Extent: 2 1 0 (V/Ü/P)
Tuesday at 14:50 and Wednesday at 11:10 every even week
Language of lectures: English.


Prof. Fitzek, members of the chair, and invited speakers (e.g. Dr. Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Deutsche Telekom AG).


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
  • Content Distribution: Information-Centric Networking, Content Delivery Networks
  • Software-Defined Networks
  • Network Function Virtualisation
  • Machine Learning (for communication networks)
  • Exercises: Mininet, Docker, Network Slicing, Mobile Edge Cloud


This time we will use our new book: “Computing in Communication Networks: From Theory to Practice“.


Related Publications:

  • 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.


Please enroll in OPAL to receive updates and to get the lecture notes/slides. The registration is open till 5.11.2019.


Date and timeTopic (Lecture / Exercise)RoomLecturer
22.10.19 @ 14:50Tactile Internet (L)BAR 106 HProf. Fitzek
23.10.19 @ 11:10Computing in future CNs (L)BAR I 86CProf. Fitzek
29.10.19 @ 14:50Standardization activities (L)BAR 106 HRiccardo Bassoli
05.11.19 @ 14:50Content distribution (L)BAR 106 HHani Salah
06.11.19 @ 11:10Mobile edge computing (L)BAR I 86CTung Doan
12.11.19 @ 14:50Network slicing (L)BAR 106 HHuanzhuo Wu
19.11.19 @ 14:50Software-defined networking (L+E)BAR 106 HJustus Rischke
20.11.19 @ 11:10Software-defined networking (L+E)BAR I 86CJustus Rischke
26.11.19 @ 14:50Network function virtualization (L)BAR 106 HRiccardo Bassoli
03.12.19 @ 14:50Machine learning (L)BAR 106 HRiccardo Bonetto
04.12.19 @ 11:10Machine learning (L)BAR I 86CRiccardo Bonetto
10.12.19 @ 14:50Mininet (E)BAR 106 HZuo Xiang
17.12.19 @ 14:50Docker (E)BAR 106 HAlexander Kropp
18.12.19 @ 11:10ComNetsEmu: A holistic emulator (E)BAR I 86CZuo Xiang
07.01.20 @ 14:50Realizing network slicing (E)BAR 106 HHuanzhuo Wu
14.01.20 @ 14:50Realizing MEC (E)BAR 106 HRoberto Torre
15.01.20 @ 11:10Preparing for the examBAR I 86C
21.01.20 @ 14:50Preparing for the examBAR 106 H