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NETWORK PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

CODE 90146
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 2nd year of 10378 INTERNET AND MULTIMEDIA ENGINEERING(LM-27) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/03
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The class aims at the introduction of the basic elements for understanding and applying the mathamtical instruments commonly utilized for performance analysis of telecommunication networks and for teletraffic engineering.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Methods of network performance evaluation: analytical models, simulation, experimental measurements • Packet-level and flow-level models • Elementary queueing theory: elements of a queue, statistics of input and service, general results on infinite- and finite-buffer queues, Little’s Theorem, Kendall’s notation • Markovian queues: Poisson arrivals, exponential distribution, stationary distribution of general birth-death systems; M/M/1, M/M/1/K, M/M/m/m, M/M/m • Discrete- and continuous-time Markov Chains • M/G/1 and Pollaczek-Kinchin formula; Pareto distribution; M/G/1 with vacations; priority queueing • Networks of queues: Jackson networks, independence hypothesis, Kleinrock’s delay formula

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The main goal of the class is to provide the elements for understanding and applying queueing models for the representation, performance analysis and control of telecommunication networks. At the end of the class the student should be able to to use dynamic models based on Markov chains and Markovian queueing models in equilibrium, as well as to represent and evaluate various performance indexes of telecommunication networks (throughput, delay, loss probability).

    TEACHING METHODS

    The class is taught basically with face-to-face lectures. Numerous exercizes will be solved, relating to the application of the methodology to the derivation of performance indexes of networks and network elements. The exam consists of a written problem solution, along with the oral discussion of it. The written part can be substituted by the positive completion of the periodic tests that will be proposed during the class.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Methods of network performance evaluation: analytical models, simulation, experimental measurements. Packet-level and flow-level models. Elementary queueing theory: elements of a queue, statistics of input and service, general results on infinite- and finite-buffer queues, Little’s Theorem, Kendall’s notation. Markovian queues in equilibrium: properties of the exponential distribution, Poisson process, stationary distribution of general birth-death systems, M/M/1, M/M/1/K, M/M/infinity, M/M/m/m, M/M/m, M/M/m/m/N. Discrete- and continuous-time Markov Chains. M/G/1 queue. Pollaczek-Kinchin formula. Pareto distribution and M/Pareto/1. Server vacation. M/G/1 with pre-emptive priority. Networks of queues. Jackson networks, Product Form Solution, independence hypothesis, Kleinrock’s delay formula and applications.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    The class is based on the first part of the lecture notes on Aulaweb:

    - F. Davoli, "Lecture Notes for the Courses of Telecommunication Networks: Queueing Theory and Teletraffic"

    Other useful material can be found on:

    - L. Kleinrock, Queueing Systems, Vol. I, Wiley, New York, 1975.

    - M. Zukerman, Introduction to Queueing Theory and Stochastic Teletraffic Models, 2017; online: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1307.2968.pdf.

    - J. Virtamo, Queueing Theory, Lecture Notes, 2005; online: http://www.netlab.tkk.fi/opetus/s383143/kalvot/english.shtml.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam is written and usually consists of two problems on the topics of the class. The student who wants to improve the mark of the written test can do an oral that consists of a discussion of some of the topics relating to the written problems. Obviously, depending on the outcome, the mark obtained in the written part may also decrease.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Written examination.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    10/01/2023 08:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale Exam methods and actual exam dates may be subject to changes depending on the covid emergency and will be communicated to students by e-mail. Real registration for the exam must also be done by sending an email to the lecturer.
    19/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/02/2023 08:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale Exam methods and actual exam dates may be subject to changes depending on the covid emergency and will be communicated to students by e-mail. Real registration for the exam must also be done by sending an email to the lecturer.
    31/05/2023 15:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale The methods of examination and the actual dates of the examination may undergo changes depending on the covid emergency and will be communicated to students by e-mail. Real registration for the exam must also be done by sending an email to the lecturer.
    19/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    03/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    15/09/2023 08:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale The methods of examination and the actual dates of the examination may undergo changes depending on the covid emergency and will be communicated to students by e-mail. Real registration for the exam must also be done by sending an email to the lecturer.