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Network Measurements, Modeling and Simulations
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 http://www.isi.edu/nsnam/ns/
  • Orbit Wireless testbed http://www.orbit-lab.org/
  • PlanetLab http://www.planet-lab.org/
  • Emulab http://www.emulab.net/
  • Ping http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man8/ping.8.html
  • Hping http://wiki.hping.org/
  • Traceroute http://www.traceroute.org/
  • Iperf http://dast.nlanr.net/Projects/Iperf/
  • tcpdump http://www.tcpdump.org/
  • ethereal http://www.ethereal.com/
  • tethreal http://www.ethereal.com/docs/man-pages/tethereal.1.html
  • Nistnet http://www-x.antd.nist.gov/nistnet/
  • Dummynet http://info.iet.unipi.it/~luigi/ip_dummynet/
  • Internet Measurement Conference http://www.imconf.net/
  • Internet Research needs better model http://www.icir.org/models/


Recommended reading

If you don't have sufficient background, try to review the following books

  • Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking), 3rd Edition, Larry L. Peterson and Bruce S. Davie , ISBN 1-55860-833-8
  • Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, 3rd Edition, James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross, and Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-201-97699-4

Selected conferences for paper review