Communication Networks 2

Main Lecturer:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Giang T. Nguyen : Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Giang T. Nguyen +49 351 463-34141

Teaching Assistants:

Please direct any questions to Osel Lhamo ( or Giang Nguyen (
More information can be found in TUD Aktuelle Hinweise COVID-19


In this course, we cover hot topics of communication networks, including but not limited to:

  • Computation in Future Communication Networks and Tactile Internet
  • Network Slicing
  • Mobile Edge Cloud (MEC)
  • Software-defined Networking (SDN)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Machine Learning (for Communication Networks)
  • Hands-on Exercises: Mininet, ComNetsEmu, Docker, Network Slicing, Mobile Edge Cloud

Important Links

We request all students enrol in the OPAL course. See the link above.

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Module Description

  • Module Number: ET-12 10 05
  • Language of lecture: English
  • Optional course, this course is offered only in the summer semester.

Course Schedule

  • Lectures (L): Tuesdays, 13:00 – 14:30, BAR/S4
  • Exercises (E): Thursdays of the odd calendar weeks, 13:00 – 14:30, BAR/S4
WeekDateLecture typeLocationTopicNotes
1404.04.L1BAR/0213Lecture introduction; Computing in Future Communication Networks (p1)
1511.04.L2BAR/0213Computing in Future Communication Networks (p2)
13.04.__E1____BAR/0218__Introduction to experiment setup (e.g., Mininet, Docker, etc.)
18.04.L3BAR/0213Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
25.04.L4BAR/S4Software Defined Networks (SDN) p1
27.04.__E2____BAR/S4__Docker + ComNetsEmu
1802.05.L5BAR/S4Software Defined Networks (SDN) p2
1909.05.--NO LECTURES(6G Summit Dresden)
11.05.--NO EXERCISES(6G Summit Dresden)
2016.05.L6BAR/S4Mobile Edge Cloud (MEC)
2123.05.--NO LECTURES
2230.05.--NO LECTURES(Pentecost)
2306.06.L7BAR/S4Programmable networks
08.06.__E4____BAR/S4__Realizing Mobile Edge Cloud
2413.06.L8BAR/S4Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN)
2520.06.L9BAR/S4Network Slicing
22.06__E5____BAR/S4__Realizing Network Slicing
2627.06.L10BAR/S4Content Distribution
2704.07.L11BAR/S4Machine Learning
06.07.--NO EXERCISE(Traffic Theory lecture)
2811.07.L12BAR/S4Q&A and exam preparation

For your reference, you are invited to watch the lecture videos from SS 2020, which are available on the YouTube playlist.


Examination schedule for the SS 2023:

  • Date: 31-07-2023 (Monday)
  • Time: 9:30 – 11:30
  • Room: GÖR/229
  • Exam format: Written, closed-book

Further Material

Teaching Book

This time we will use our book: Computing in Communication Networks: From Theory to Practice.
An introduction to the book and related slides for each chapter can be found on our website.
We will distribute the corresponding chapters of the book in the course.

book: Computing in Communication Networks: From Theory to Practice

The Network Emulator for Hands-on Exercises

We will use ComNetsEmu, our holistic network emulator.

Further Reading

Related Publications

  • Fitzek, Frank HP, and Patrick Seeling. “Why We Should NOT Talk about 6G.” arXiv preprint arXiv:2003.02079 (2020).
  • Zuo Xiang, Frank Gabriel, Elena Urbano, Giang T. Nguyen, Martin Reisslein, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Reducing Latency in Virtual Machines Enabling Tactile Internet for Human Machine Co-working, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 37 (5), pp. 1098-1116, 2019, ISSN: 0733-8716.
  • Justus Rischke, Frank Gabriel, Sreekrishna Pandi, Giang T. Nguyen, Hani Salah, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Improving Communication Reliability Efficiently: Adaptive Redundancy for RLNC in SDN, IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft), Paris, France, 2019.
  • Tung V. Doan, Alexander Kropp, Giang T. Nguyen, Hani Salah, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Reusing Sub-chains of Network Functions to Support MEC Services, IEEE ISCC, Barcelona, Spain, 2019.
  • Robert-Steve Schmoll, Tobias Fischer, Hani Salah, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Comparing and Evaluating Application-specific Boot Times of Virtualized Instances, IEEE 5G World Forum, Dresden, Germany, 2019.
  • Tung V. Doan, Giang T. Nguyen, Hani Salah, Sreekrishna Pandi, Michael Jarschel, Rastin Pries, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Containers vs Virtual Machines: Choosing the Right Virtualization Technology for Mobile Edge Cloud, IEEE 5G World Forum, Dresden, Germany, 2019.
  • Dongho You, Tung V. Doan, Roberto Torre, Mahshid Mehrabi, Alexander Kropp, Hani Salah, Vu Nguyen, Giang T. Nguyen, Frank H. P. Fitzek: Fog Computing as an Enabler for Immersive Media: Service Scenarios and Research Opportunities, IEEE Access, 2019.
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