Instructor: Kun-chan Lan
(this course is offered in English)


  • Targeting audience: graduate students who are interested in pursuing research in networking.
  • Aim: introduce the whole process of an experimental research cycle from problem identification, proposing solution, experiment design, to finally evaluate the proposed solutions in the simulations or emulation.
  • We will cover basic techniques in experimental design, measurements, modelling and simulations. A number of tools frequently used in network research will be introduced.


  • Measurement strategies and techniques
  • Principles of network modelling
  • Fundamental of experimental design and
  • erformance evaluation
  • A collection of network research tools
    • Measurement tool: ping, traceroute, iperf
    • Collection tool: tcpdump, ethereal
    • Simulation tool: NS-2
    • Emulation tool: nisnet, dummynet, nse


  • Internet Measurement: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications, Mark Crovella and Balachander Krishnamurthy, ISBN 0-470-01461-x


  • ns-2
  • Orbit Wireless testbed
  • PlanetLab
  • Emulab
  • Ping
  • Hping
  • Traceroute
  • Iperf
  • tcpdump
  • ethereal
  • tethreal
  • Nistnet
  • Dummynet
  • Internet Measurement Conference
  • Internet Research needs better model


Date Content Note
05-04 The ns-2 quiz has been cancelled due to the class progress adjustment.