Performance Analysis (IN4-341)
- 5 EC
- The examination is a closed-book
- A formularium is provided on Blackboard and can be used during the examination. Only this formularium is allowed.
- Rewards (max. 1 point out of 10):
Each class (except the first and last one) an exercise as homework is
given (via the link below). The solution needs to be returned next class (no
exceptions possible). If all exercises are done
correctly, a bonus of 1 pt can be earned.
Making the homework is highly recommended but not obliged.
- All other announcements are mentioned on the
This course applies probability theory and the theory of
stochastic processes to the design and performance evaluation of telecommunication
and computer systems. The computation with random variables is
reviewed. Markov processes and queueing theory
will be introduced to the current important concept of "quality of service
(QoS)" provisioning and to the
computation of the blocking probabilities in telephony (both fixed as
mobile). Applications to the Internet shortest path routing are also
For the course, we use our book
Performance Analysis of Communications Networks and Systems:
first six chapters (PART I) review probability theory and will be briefly
covered in the first class (a Refresh Class). They are included in order to make the
book self-contained and as summary of definitions and notations used in
the remainder of the course. The chapters 2 and 3 are assumed to be known,
while chapter 4 to 6 are on a higher level and not part of the
- The course actually starts with PART II (chapt. 7-13) on Poisson processes. Most
chapters are rather mathematical in nature and require training in
order to absorb these - sometimes difficult - concepts. Some exercises
with the corresponding solutions are found in chapt. 18 and 19. These
are left to the student for self-study.
PART III (chapt. 14-17) treats current research and only parts of
chapt. 14-15 will be treated during the classes.