King Fahd University of petroleum and Minerals

College of Computer Sciences and Engineering

Department of Computer Engineering


COE 443: High-Speed Networks – Fall 2001 (011)

Section 01: SMW 11-11:50 Bldg 24 Room 165
Section 02: SMW 1:10-2pm Bldg 24 Room 162





Catalog Description:


Introduction to high speed networking. Impact of high speed on communication protocols. Design and performance issues of  high speed networks. Standard high speed protocols and networking technologies. Examples of high speed networks and protocols. Internet protocol architecture and routing standards.


Prerequisite: COE 342 or Consent of Instructor.  (Preferably COE 442)


Text Book and Instructor:


William Stallings, “High-Speed Networks: TCP/IP and ATM Design Principles”, Prentice Hall, 1998.


“The Internet is full of literature and it is a good source of information. Get the most for the least!”


Instructor:            Dr. Abdulaziz Almulhem

Office:             22/317

Tel:                 3588

Email:    (the best way to communicate)

WWW:    (You will find all necessary information)

Office Hours:            As posted outside my office or by appointment



Grading Policies:


Quizzes             15%

Homeworks            20%   

Project             35%   

Final                 30%            As scheduled by the Registrar


Note All homeworks are collected during the class time or earlier. No late homework will be accepted.




Topics  covered:


1.  Chapter 1.                                                                       (1 week)

The growth of the Internet and WWW, arrival of ATM, speed

and quality of service (QOS).



2.  Chapters 2 & 3.                                                               (2 weeks)

TCP/UDP/IP protocol architecture, OSI protocol architecture,

internetworking, packet-switching networks, frame relay network,

cell relay networks, congestion in data networks.


3.  Chapters 4 & 5.                                                     (2 weeks)

ATM protocol architecture, ATM service category, ATM adaptation

layers, Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet, ATM LANs.



4.  Chapters 6 - 8.                                                          (2 weeks)

Random variables, Queuing analysis, single server queues,

Multi-service queues, queues with priority, network of queues.



5.  Chapters 9 - 12.                                                       (5 weeks)

End-system traffic management, link-level flow control and

error control, transport-level traffic control, TCP over ATM,

real-time transport protocol (RTP), Internetwork traffic

management, ISA, ATM traffic control, ABR traffic management.



6.  Chapters 13-15.                                                      (3 weeks)

Graph theory, least-cost paths, Internet routing, RIP, OSPF,

BGP, RSVP, multicasting, IP switching.





Laboratory Usage:


The homeworks will be mainly based on OPNET. We will also have a project on OPNET that you will need to learn too.