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University of Wyoming
Name of sponsoring Professor:
Suresh Muknahallipatna
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research with OPNET

A team of researchers (Drs. Suresh Muknahallipatna, Margareta Stefanovic, and Robert F. Kubichek) at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wyoming are performing research in the area of Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, Net-Centric Warfare and nano-satellite networks.

In the Mobile Ad-Hoc network and Net-Centric Warfare research areas we are developing new localization, backbone formation and radio propagation characteristics in urban area, and control concepts. At this time, we have developed some algorithms in localization, backbone formation and radio propagation characteristics. The research using OPNET would be to simulate these developed theoretical algorithms for rigorous analysis. We have presented papers on this work at OPNET 2007 and 32nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Third IEEE International Workshop on Performance and Management of Wireless and Mobile Networks.

Teaching with OPNET

A total of three courses at undergraduate and graduate levels are planned for the next four semesters. The title and syllabus of these courses along with the offering semesters are listed below:

    A. Computer Network Hardware, EE – 4870, spring, 2013
    1. Introduction and Basic LANs
    2. Ethernet LAN Architecture
    3. Classical Ethernet CSMA/CD MAC Protocol
    4. 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps and Gigabit Ethernet Architecture
    5. Switched Networks, Layer 2 Switch Architecture & Network Processors
    6. Transparent Bridges & Spanning Tree Protocol
    7. Internet Protocol
    8. Routing and Layer 2/3 Switches
    9. Wireless LANs
    10. Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
    B. Net Centric Control System, EE 5880, Fall, 2013
    1. Introduction to Net Centric Control Systems
    2. Introduction to Ad Hoc/Mobile/Sensor Networks
    3. Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Issues
    4. Network Deployment
    5. Localization and Mobility
    6. Medium Access and Routing Protocols
    C. Network Modeling using OPNET, EE 5880, Spring, 2014
    1. Basic Modeling OPNET Concepts
    2. Process Modeling
    3. Node Modeling
    4. Medium Access Control Modeling
    5. Network Layer Modeling
    6. Higher Level Protocol Modeling

All of the courses listed have 25 - 50% laboratory component. OPNET will be used as the simulation tool for the laboratory exercises and also to demonstrate theoretical components.

Tentative Textbooks:

  • Communication Networking, A. Kumar, D. Manjunath, and J. Kuri, 1st Edition, M. K. Publishers, 2004
  • Queuing Networks and Markov Chains, G. Bolch, S. Greiner, H. D. Meer, and K. S. Trivedi, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2006
  • Protocols and Architectures for Wireless Sensor Networks, H. Karl, and A. Willig, 1st Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2005
  • Wireless Sensor Networks – An Information Processing Approach, F. Zhao, and L. Guibas, 1st Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2004.

Authored Papers:

  • Dan P. Denson, Suresh Muknahallipatna, and Margareta Stefanovic, “Performance of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks with Random and Predetermined Mobility Patterns using OPNET: Preliminary Results,” 32nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Third IEEE International Workshop on Performance and Management of Wireless and Mobile Networks, Oct. 15-18, 2007, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 781 - 783.
  • Dan P. Denson, Suresh Muknahallipatna, and Margareta Stefanovic, “A Preliminary Model and Performance Analysis for Mobile Group Formation,” Proceedings of the OPNET 2007, Aug. 27 – 31, 2007.
  • Joshua Staley, Suresh Muknahallipatna and Howard Johnson, “Fibre Channel based Storage Area Network Modeling using OPNET for Large Fabric Simulations: Preliminary Work,” 32nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Oct. 15-18, 2007, Dublin, Ireland, pp. 234 - 236.
  • Timothy Brothers, Suresh Muknahallipatna Jerry Hamann, and Howard Johnson, “Distributed Storage Area Network Simulation with OPNET: Preliminary Report,” Proceedings of the OPNET 2007, Aug. 27 – 31, 2007.


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