Converged Networks and Services
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
08 May 2019
Requisites for this module
MSC H61212 Computer Engineering
Digital Convergence is the bringing together of communications, information, media and transactions from multiple service providers, across multiple network infrastructures and delivery to any device. This should be done in a way that offers a consistent service experience regardless of a user's location. This module will begin with the definition and description of converged networks and services and identify current and emerging services and network architectures. The introduction will also include an overview of the key next-generation network architectures that are being deployed today.
In order to understand the design of any network, it is important to understand the service characteristics in terms of customer usage patterns and traffic behaviour; these fundamentally determine the desired Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and ultimately the network and service architectures. Ensuring satisfactory user experience for multiple services will be addressed in detail by means of various Quality-of-Service (QoS) mechanisms. When a user is mobile and traversing multiple access network technologies and administrative domains, ensuring a seamless service is a demanding task that requires both the convergence of different types of wireless networks and the convergence of fixed and mobile networks.
An overview of the problems and proposed solutions will be described from the perspective of a wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a cellular mobile operator. The course will conclude with a clean-slate future Internet architecture called Information Centric Networking (ICN) that can go beyond the current IP networks.
The aim of this module is to understand the design of any network and the service characteristics in terms of customer usage patterns and traffic behaviour, describing the service level agreements (SLAs) to ensure satisfactory user experience.
On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to:
1. Understand and describe a converged network architecture and its implications.
2. Define a network specification for converged services (e.g. voice, video and data).
3. Understand the design process of a converged network.
4. Describe the methods of mobility support in heterogeneous access networks.
5. Discuss methods of implementing QoS strategies and service management.
6. Discuss the difference between information-centric networks and IP-based networks.
- Converged IP network architectures, requirements and definitions, issues and options for deployment, next generation fixed and mobile network technologies.
- Taxonomy of services, VoIP, VoD, IPTV, web services, P2P, streaming media, fixed mobile convergence (FMC) methodologies.
- Mobile IP services, types of mobility support and session continuity solutions.
- Converged network and service management solutions including information centric networking.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Progress Test 1 - Week 22
||120 minutes during Early Exams (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Professor Kun Yang
School Office, e-mail csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770.
Prof Raouf Hamzaoui
De Montfort University
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 20 (95.2%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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