**Fall 2010**

** Instructor:**
Dr. Cliff Zou (HEC 335), 407-823-5015, czou @
eecs.ucf.edu

** Course Time:**
TuTh
1:30PM - 2:45PM, BA
216A

** Office Hour: ** TuTh 3PM - 5PM

__ Prerequisite: __ Senior
standing
or
graduate
student.
Knowledge on probability or statistics. Knowledge on a
senior-level
computer networking course.

__Syllabus:____
(one-page Syllabus)__

This course provides an introduction to the techniques and tools needed to construct and analyze performance models of computer systems and communication networks. Such skills are indispensable for research-related careers. After finishing this course, a student will: (1). Obtain the fundamental theoretical analysis techniques including probability, stochastic and queuing network techniques; (2). Be able to use several useful simulation and modeling tools, such as Matlab and NS2, to conduct basic performance modeling and network simulation tasks; and (3). Understand how to conduct their own performance analysis in the future by learning many classic examples of performance analysis in real-world computer and networking applications.

In order to let students truly learn through this course useful knowledge and techniques in the long term, this course emphasizes on student involvement by focusing on experiments and programming projects. In order not to put heavy workload on students, the course will assign fewer handwritten homework, has no final exam (replaced by term project on experiment and programming), and let 2 students form as one group in most projects.

The tentative outline of this course is:

1. Review of probability and stochastic theory.

2. Basic queuing theory.

3. Performance simulation and modeling tools (such as NS2 and Matlab).

4. Discrete-time and continous-time simulation techniques.

5. Case study of performance evaluation of some real-world applications (such as BitTorrent simulation and evaluation, Internet worm modeling and simulation).

__Course
Materials:__

Reference textbooks:

1. Introduction to Probability Models, Ninth Edition
by Sheldon M. Ross.

2. Simulation, fouth edition by Sheldon M. Ross.

Reference
resources:

1. Course: CMPSCI673 - Performance
Evaluation, by Don Towsley, UMass.

2. Course: COMS6180 - Modeling and
Performance Evaluation, by Visal Misra, Columbia Univ.

__Grading
Policy:__

The final grade will use +/- policy, i.e., you may get A, A-, B+, B, B- … grade.

__Coursework
Approx
amount
approx
%__

written
homework
2
20%

Programming projects
5
50%

midterm
exam (open book)
1
30%