VT 2011, Period 3, IK2555 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures (Arkitekturer för trådlösa och mobila nätverk)

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Day of weekDateTimeRoomNotes
Thursday17 March 201108:00-12:00HörbyOral presentations
Thursday17 March 201113:00-16:20HörbyOral presentations
Friday18 March 201108:00-09:00HörbyOral presentations

Hörby is located in the Electrum building on the 4th floor near the C elevator. You can enter via the Communication Systems door.

IK2555 Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures is a 7.5 point course designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; especially those in the Telecommunication Graduate Program or the International Masters Wireless program.

Advanced undergraduates should have completed the course IK1550 (Internetworking) or Advanced Internetworking or an equivalent course. Students without one of these courses should obtain permission of the instructor.

Information is available on:


This course will give both practical and general knowledge concerning wireless and mobile network architectures. After this course you should have some knowledge of these architectures and understand the basic priciples behind them.

Learning Outcomes

Following this course a student should be able to:

This course should prepare you for starting an exjobb in this area (for undergraduate students) or beginning a thesis or dissertation (for graduate students).


Students considering participating in this course should contact the instructor.


This course will focus on the network architectures that are used in wireless and mobile networks. In some cases we will dig deeper into the protocols used by such networks. The course should give both practical and more general knowledge concerning the these network architectures.

The course consists of 10 hours of lectures, and an assigned paper requiring roughly 50h of work by each student.

Examination Requirements


For new ECTS grading:

Code of Honor and Regulations

It is KTH policy that there is zero tolerance for cheating, plagiarism, etc. - for details see http://www.kth.se/student/studentliv/studentratt?l=en_UK See also the KTH Ethics Policies

Some common flaws in reports


Main Text-Book

The textbook will be: Yi-Bing Lin and Ai-Chun Pang, Wireless and Mobile All-IP Networks, John Wiley & Sons; 2005, ISBN: 0-471-74922-2. (some notes about the book)

The course was formerly (prior to 2008) mainly based on the book Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures by Yi-Bing Lin and Imrich Chlamtac, John Wiley & Sons; 2001 ISBN: 0-471-39492-0 (a version published in Singapore is ISBN 9971-51-366-8).

Additional Reference Books

Lecture notes will be available on-line in PDF format.

Supplementary readings

To be added

Useful URLs


Note that in the following "xx" means "xx:00", not "xx:15".

Dates for 2011:

Day of weekDateTimeRoomNotes
Monday24 January 201113:00-18:00Ka-AulaFöreläsning 1
Thursday27 January 201113:00-18:00Ka-AulaFöreläsning 2

Note that Aula (Ka-Aulan) is in the Forum building in Kista.

Lecture Plan and Lecture Material (OH slides)

Note that the lectures will occur in a very intensive fashion to accommodate graduate students coming from elsewhere in Sweden.

The lecture material for 2011 as PDF(5.06 Mbytes).

Recordings of the of the lectures in parts:

The paper from the second day concerning implementing IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, and 3GPP LTE Physical Uplink Shared Channel via multi-core add-in board is:
Kun Tan, Jiansong Zhang, Ji Fang, He Liu, Yusheng Ye, Shen Wang, Yongguang Zhang, Haitao Wu, Wei Wang, and Geoffrey M. Voelker, "Sora: High Performance Software Radio Using General Purpose Multi-core Processors", Communications of the ACM, Volume 54, Number 1, January 2009, pp. 99-107.

Staff Associated with the Course


Use the normal process for registering. For most students this means you should speak with your study advisor (studievägledare.

Other on-line Course Material

An exmaple of a paper from the course that became a conference paper:
Flutra Osmani and Adriaan Slabbert, A scalable distributed security infrastructure for industrial control and sensor networks, Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing: Connecting the World Wirelessly, IWCMC '09, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2009, ISBN 978-1-60558-569-7, 84-89, DOI: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1582379.1582399,

An example of an excellent paper on IEEE 802.21, it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of an outstanding paper on Intrusion Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks, it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of an outstanding paper on imode, it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper examing the much lower layer issues of Handover Considerations in the Design of Multi-Standard Transceiver Front Ends, it appears here with permission of the author.

Another example paper: Wireless VPN: IPSec vs. SSL/TLS by Åsa Pehrson. It appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper examining multimedia messaging is that of Max Loubser, " User created content with MMS", it appears here with permission of the author.

An example of a paper and slides from the oral presentation (on 2006.03.14) concerning bypassing access control in semi-open wireless networks. The link to this paper appears with permission of the author.

The local MONACO GSM/GPRS system.

Sources for Further Information

Most GSM standards can be accessed from ETSI

Two papers about MANETs:

Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte's podcasts about WiFi security


Mobilepipeline mobile related on-line news

For further information related to communications (especially conferences, publications, ...) contact one of the professional societies, such as the IEEE Communications Society, vendors, or use the WWW! [For access to the electronics library see KTHB e-library.]

Handsets poised to be commodities: "Microsoft, Intel Aim for High-End Phone", Wall Street Journal Europe, Tuesday, 19 Feb. 2002, page 1 and pg. A6, features an article, which describes how they are attempting to provide a platform for high-end phones so that they will be commodities just like PCs. The figure on A6 shows the basic components of a handset and lists the prices for the components and for licensing the design "framework":
color screen17 euro
printed circuit board9 euro
flash memory2 euro
radio chip and related electronics40 euro
baseband chip34 euro
battery29 euro
license for reference design for phone 7.50 euro
license of user interface software 3.40 euro
license for operating system software 5.70 euro

An footnote indicates that the last three items could be developed in house, but typically cost 15 euros from outside suppliers.

IEEE 802.15 Working group:
802.15.3 high performance requirements (upto 55Mbps)
802.15.4 low bandwidth (~250kbps), extra-low power MAC and physical devices

Working group IEEE P802.20, Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems

Near Field Communication Forum

For those looking at power measurements, as useful reference is Joe Bardwell, Converting Signal Strength Percentage to dBm Values, Executive Summary, WildPackets, November 2002.

For information about the structure of the SIM file system see chapter 8: Pocket PC Phone Edition, in Steve Makofsky, "Pocket PC Network Programming", Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0-321-13352-8.

Georg Eidenschink, Elatic, Smart Card solutions for everyone, Elatec Vertriebs GmbH - a very nice introduction to smart cards and there use as SIM and USIM cards

Cisco has just made the source code for a number of GSM signalling protocols publically available - see their GSM Source Module Library (GSML)

A excellent introduction to why heterogeneous networks are going to be increasingly popular is contained in the dissertation of Klas Johansson, " Cost Effective Deployment Strategies for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks", December 2007

Dongwoo Kim, "Overview of WiBro and Its Evolution", slides from his talk at Wirless@KTH on November 30, 2007. An excellent introduction - with lots of details and performance data.

Mehmet Unsoy, "Perspectives on IP-based services: Road to Web 2.0, VoIP 2.0 & Mobile Web 2.0", 17 November 2006

H. Stewart Cobb, Gpspseudolites:Theory,Design, and Applications, Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, SUDAR707, September 1997

Breaking of GSM encryption using open source and open hardware: Karsten Nohl and Chris Paget, GSM - SRSLY?, 26th Chaos Communication Congress, 27 December 2009. See also the related A5/1 Cracking Project.

Ata Elahi and Adam Gschwender, Zigbee Wireless Sensor and Control Network, Prentice Hall, 1 edition (November 8, 2009), copyright year 2010, 288 pages ISBN-10: 0137134851 and ISBN-13: 978-0137134854.

A colleciton of URLs to a numbe rof white papers about LTE can be found at 3g4g.co.uk's 3GPP LTE/SAE (Long Term Evolution / Service Architecture Evolution)

Previous versions of the course

Page History

2011.03.13added dates, times, and place for most of the oral presentations
2011.01.31added a subdirectory 2G1330 for old lecture material - to keep it accessible
2011.01.26added audio recording from the first day of lectures
2011.01.25added reviewer summary and response page requirement
2011.01.24fixed problem with access to lecture notes for 2011
2011.01.22added lecture notes for 2011
2011.01.16adjusted due dates
2011.01.04added links to Gilles Bertrand's LaTeX tutorials
2010.11.02first version for 2011

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