Professor Zhili Sun (Professor of Communication Networking)Centre for Communications Systems Research School of Electronics and Physical Sciences
· Teaching of UG and PG modules
SATSIX is a large integrated R&D project on Satellite Broadband Access. Within the 6th Framework Programme, SATSIX contributes to the strategic objective "Broadband for All" of IST (Information Society Technologies) and it is partially funded by the European Commission.
The main objectives of SATSIX are to lower the cost of broadband satellite access, through the development of new satellite access techniques and the integration of wireless local loops (WiFi and WiMax) and to develop recommendations, testbeds, trial networks showing how satellite broadband access will integrate Next Generation Networks, based on IPv6, and support new multimedia applications.
The SATSIX project will thus focus on satellite systems that offer
attractive solutions to the access segment of wider networks in several main
scenarios, that allow:
- for all types of users, to access the Internet and other widely distributed networks (e.g. Virtual Private networks - VPN's) directly or via local networks (WiFi or WiMax, LAN etc.)
- for corporate and SME users, to set up (virtual) private networks via a backbone including satellite systems inter-working with terrestrial networks where necessary.
The project aims at demonstrating that satellite systems can be very good drivers for the deployment of IPv6 in the Internet, and could even play a key role. They can offer a cost effective and rapid solution for ISP's to provide native IPv6 connectivity and services to geographically spread early interested users.
SATLIFE stands for Satellite Access Technologies: Leading Improvements For Europe. This project will be the first and unique project in the world including in the R&D activities working with the first multimedia on-board processor, the AMERHIS system, based on the satellite standards DVB-RCS and DVB-S. The AMERHIS is going to be launched in early 2004 by HISPASAT.
SATLIFE will strategically respond to the imperative need of facilitating the development of a broadband for all access by means of significantly enhancing the state-of-the-art of DVB-RCS satellite standard solutions for regenerative and transparent systems while integrating them with other terrestrial alternatives in the implementation of the Information Society.
This ambitious and innovative R&D project starts from the successful IST-2000-25091 IBIS Project. Thanks to IBIS, which defined and studied this first multimedia on-board processor system, it has derived on a real solution embarked on the next HISPASAT’s satellite, a programme running under the ESA-AMERHIS Project which will bring the first multimedia on-board system in the world based on the DVB-RCS/DVB-S standards.
SATLIFE consortium will ensure the integration of all the R&D effort carried out in IBIS and AMERHIS by including all the expertise and partners participating in these two projects. The Consortium has been further complemented with the incorporation of relevant and complementary companies.
SATLIFE has planned to perform real trials of the challenging R&D activity us ing the first satellite with a DVB-RCS processor in the world (the AMERHIS) as well as a pilot DVB-RCS transparent platform integrating in both cases end users. Consequently, SATLIFE will be a killer R&D Project in which all the research and development effort will be done with the challenging objective of efficiently integrating the DVB-RCS AMERHIS and transparent systems in the construction of the broadband for all concepts.
Finally, SATLIFE is fully devoted to the standards what means that all the results coming out in the project are opened to all the industry players with tangible and clear benefits to European citizens and companies. Additionally, SATLIFE has an international dimension in terms of real experiences and exploitation of results.
Core of R&D Work
Leadership in the R&D of regenerative and transparent DVB-RCS network and system for all in real satellite scenarios. This research work will be done related to real satellite systems: the first on board multimedia processing system DVB-RCS/DVB-S in the world, AMERHIS in AMAZONAS satellite, and one of the first real transparent DVB-RCS platforms in HISPASAT, both systems only available in SATLIFE. SATLIFE project will conduct all the innovative R&D work making compatible all the developments for transparent and regenerative systems.Strategically, these infrastructures are considered as the Beyond-3G enabler.
§ Research on the requirements for services for all and their definition A clear identification of all the services of interest is of critical importance as DVB-RCS systems will be the technological solution offering the communications wherever they could be required.
§ Research on DVB-RCS network aspects integrating all the service requirements and recommendations. Among other objectives the following aspects will be covered: IPv6 implementation, efficient Multicast support, security aspects and authentication, integrity, billing, SIP, dynamic and efficient resources management depending on applications, dynamic QoS management depending on applications, dynamic configuration, SW download for updating network and terminals, Protocol enhancement including TCP acceleration. Of special relevance will be the Seamless Integration with terrestrial networks
§ Research and development on rural issues and low cost
§ First development of the innovative DVB-RCS system and network for transparent and regenerative systems for the efficient provision of services considering all the requirements
§ Unique real trials in the world using AMERHIS multimedia on board processor and transparent pilot platform using real satellite capacity
§ Contribution to standards and relevant bodies (DVB, ETSI, ESA SatLabs, UIT).
§ SATLIFE as a key project in the DVB-RCS field will dedicate an important effort. Researching and analysing the potential future evolution and proposing recommendations on the ways to proceed.This objective will produce inputs also to the relevant standardization bodies.
EURONGI Project Mission
The main mission of the Euro NGI network is to create and maintain the most prominent European center of excellence in Next Generation Internet design and engineering, acting as a “Collective Intelligence Think Tank”, representing a major support for the European Information Society industry and leading towards a European leadership in this domain.
The recent technological advances will lead to exploitable innovative services once the integration of these technologies through innovative architectures is achieved.
The Next Generation Internet (NGI) will offer view multi-service/multimedia, mobility, convergence (services and fixed-mobile), Quality-of-Service and variable connectivity as the norm. On one hand, future high-speed wire-line and wireless access technologies provide instant high bandwidth connectivity, which makes difficult to forecast traffic and thus to apply existing traffic engineering methods. On the other hand, the technology diversity explodes and mastering such a heterogeneous environment becomes essential to the network designer. This requires investigation into new multi-technology architectures. It is understood today that new design, planning, dimensioning and management principles are needed.
In this context, the main topics addressed by the NoE are:
· Mastering the technology diversity (vertical and horizontal integration) for the design of efficient and flexible NGI architectures.
· Providing required innovative traffic engineering architectures adapted to the new requirements and developing the corresponding appropriate quantitative methods.
The network experts bring the required competences on the various technologies that will be integrated. They also bring a worldwide recognize expertise on the various topics that composes the traffic engineering and optimal dimensioning domain.
Goal 1: Integrating and rationalizing the European research efforts - Establishing and Updating a Knowledge Roadmap.
Target 1: Establishing a map of all topics that cover the domain of the Next Generation Internet and beyond architectures. This is a scientific target.
Target 2: Establishing a map of the topics that are covered in Europe and comparing it with the previous one. This is a strategic target.
Target 3: Provisioning of the above defined organic hypertext document.
Goal 2: Implementing a Strong Program of Jointly Executed Research Activities.
Target 4: Significantly increasing the Jointly Executed Research in order to develop and maintain a stronger leadership in the domain.
Goal 3: Sharing Methods, Tools and Platform Developments.
Target 5: Open existing platforms for researchers to test their results in a way they could not afford in isolation.
Target 6: Interconnecting these platforms for allowing new experimentation such as testing the scalability of the proposed architectures, or of the mechanisms and algorithms.
Target 7: As a large number of software developments are underway, duplication of work is significant. A common database of software developments and tools will be created with an efficient tool to manage the versions evolution. Common developments will be facilitated and encouraged.
Goal 4: Organization of internal Workshops for a thorough exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Target 8: Organize workshops to support the realization of the program of Jointly Executed Research Activities.
Goal 5: Facilitating the Information Exchange and the usage of Advanced Communication Tools.
Target 9: Implementing an Integrated Knowledge Management
Target 10: Reinforcing electronic communication through the deployment of tools and infrastructure in order to increase the productivity of jointly executed activities, and share information.
Goal 6: Facilitating the Mobility of Researchers and PhD Students.
Target 11: Promote and facilitate medium and long term mobility of researchers and PhD students as a key factor for integration and rationalization of research efforts.
Goal 7: Creation of a European graduate courses program for PhD students to maintain and the high expertise level.
Target 12: Design and Implement a common program of post-graduate courses.
Goal 8: Creation of a Summer School as a tool for communication and for training of young researchers.
Target 13: Creation of the Summer School.
Goal 9: Spreading Excellence.
Target 14: Open the “Virtual Centre of Excellence” to non-members in order to facilitate the access to Euro-NGI provided information as well as the communication with the members of the network by the intensive usage of electronic communication infrastructures.
Target 15: Implement a database of Euro-NGI publications.
Target 16: Researchers and other key staff training activities through open summer schools, joint lectures, etc.
Target 17: Transfer knowledge between Euro-NGI and industry and especially with SMEs.
Target 18: Dissemination and communication to the scientific community: networking activities to assist knowledge transfer: open workshops, conferences, participating in standard bodies, etc.
Target 19: Publication of books and white papers providing an integrated view of complementary domains when the task requires the integration that will be achieved in Euro-NGI.
Target 20: Building relationship with new groups that might later join forces with Euro-NGI.
Target 21: Coordinate and develop existing contributions to standardization bodies.
Goal 10: Consolidate collaboration with industry.
RINGrid is project funded by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme under the contract number 031891. RINGrid is an acronym that stands for "Remote Instrumentation In Next-generation GRIDs". It provides an architecture which integrates instrumentations with eInfrastructure. It encompasses the current state of art and near future technology, delivers conceptual design of missing architectural 'pieces' and is supported by Grid environment.
Strategic objectives addressed:
§ Identification of instruments and user communities, definition of requirements,
§ Synergy between Remote Instrumentation and next-generation high-speed, communications networks and grid infrastructures,
§ Trend analysis and recommendations for designing next-generation Remote Instrumentation Services,
§ Promoting egalitarian access to European e-Infrastructure,
§ Dissemination of project results to scientific and business groups of equipment owners and users
Usage of both Grid-computing and supercomputing technologies as support for performing laboratory experiments gives measurable effects in improving the quality of research. Computations performed on (depending on the experiments’ nature and application type) local or Grid resources are essential to process and visualise experimental results. The RINGrid project will collect requirements and produce recommendations for using computing techniques in scientific experiments. The project research also addresses the issues of resource virtualization and general definition of heterogeneous Grid resources.
§ PSNC (Poland),
§ GUP (Austria),
§ GRNET (Greece),
§ CLMC (Bulgaria),
§ UNAM (Mexico),
§ CNIT (Italy),
§ CLARA (Latin America: Brazil, Chile, Uruguay),
§ CNR/ISTI (Italy),
§ UNIS (UK),
§ TUI (Romania)
Within the RINGrid project we will be seeking to identify application of the benefits of remote instrumentation. We believe that reports that give the current state of the art in the field of e-Infrastructure usage for Remote Instrumentation and reports on future guidelines will be important for broad communities of scientific and business groups of users and will result in their exploitation in the e-science, business and commercial areas.
Resulting from a collaboration between European and Chinese partners, EC-GIN parallels previous efforts for real-time multimedia transmission across the Internet that have special network requirements and show a special behaviour from the network perspective. However, while research into network support for multimedia applications has flourished, leading to a large number of standard protocols and mechanisms, the research community has neglected network support for Grid computing up to now. By filling this gap and appropriately exploiting/disseminating the project results, EC-GIN will, as a consequence, cause a "snowball effect" in the European and Chinese networking and Grid computing research communities.
Technically, EC-GIN will make Grids work, operate, and communicate better. By appropriately utilising the underlying network, Grid resources in general will be used more efficiently, which either means greater productivity (because less time is wasted in waiting for results from Grid applications) or less financial investment (because today’s efficiency can be attained with cheaper resources) and, therefore, amplifies the impact of Grid computing on the society and economy of Europe and China.
EC-GIN will make use of special Grid characteristics, mainly addressing the highly important ones listed above for enhancing the communication capabilities of Grid applications.
Since both the Grid and the Internet are under the control of humans, purely technical solutions that do not take human needs (demands of users and their applications) into account, have inevitable limitations. Therefore, EC-GIN mechanisms will be supplemented with a secure incentive-based Grid service and network traffic management system, which will balance the inherently conflicting interests of high performance (user need) and economic resource usage (service provider).
To summarize, the four major objectives of EC-GIN are the following:
1. Development of Grid-specific network management mechanisms that enable Grid applications to use their resources more efficiently or in other words, "make the Grid faster".
2. Promote global adoption of Grid environments and tools particularly in a pan-European and pan-Chinese environment to achieve a realistic and long-distance demonstrator case.
3. Exploring Internet-based distribution of high-performance computing in China is highly important due to a practical and potentially large Chinese market. EC-GIN will benefit networking, sensor, large-scale database, data warehouse, information sharing, and expert knowledge sharing and will introduce necessary innovation and novel technologies into the Chinese and European Grid systems.
4. Cause a "snowball effect" in the European and Chinese research community, convincing other networking/Grid computing researchers to jump on the bandwagon. This is a typical effect that happens when a crafty team of researchers focuses on a new research topic and accordingly disseminates its results.
EC-GIN will work towards achieving the four major objectives above; along the way, a number of tangible outcomes will be produced. The four most significant ones are:
· Mathematical models for generating Grid-like traffic in network simulators, and Grid traffic generation code for the "ns-2" network simulator.
· Prototype implementations of network management enhancements for the Grid along with performance evaluation reports.
· A well-focused implementation of key mechanisms developed in the project; this will take the form of an extension to an open source operating system such as Linux.
· Improved research collaborations between China and Europe in Grid computing.
· Universität Innsbruck (AT)
· University of Zürich (CH)
· Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (FR)
· University of Lancaster (UK)
· Justinmind (ES)
· Exis IT Ltd - Electronic Systems and Information Technology & Telecommunications Solutions (EL)
· University of Surrey (UK)
· Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CN)
· Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CN)
· China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CN)
· Beijing P&T Consulting and Design Institute Co. Ltd. (CN)
· Past Research projects:
project The EU GROWTH
programme ASP-NET project, (Application Service Providers Networks),
Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) EHF Satellite (GEOCAST) project within the EU
5th framework IST programme (
project The EU 5th Framework IST, ICEBERGS project, (IP conferencing with
broadband multimedia over geostationary satellites),
ESA/Logica project “Secure IP multicast over
o The EU RACE II R2074 'CATALYST project' (1992-1995). The project developed satellite ATM demonstrator to study the capability of satellite for supporting B-ISDN (multimedia service). (The project developed the first satellite ATM demonstrator in the world and contributed to ITU-T standardisation activities)
o Terminal at High Speed for European Stock Exchanges (THESEUS) project within the European Advanced Communications and Technologies (ACTS) programme, which consists of 3 European Stock Exchanges, 3 universities and 4 industrial companies; (Demonstrations were carried out successfully with the Paris Stock Exchange and Brussels Stock Exchanges via advanced Satellite links and Terrestrial networks across Europe)
o COPARIS (25390) project
Common Physical Access Chip for ISDN systems (COPARIS) project (
o BISANTE project
Broadband Integrated Satellite Network Traffic Evaluator (BISANTE) project (
A: Journal papers
 "Interconnection of Broadband Islands via Satellite-Experiments on the Race II Catalyst Project", Transport Protocols for High Speed Broadband Networks Workshop at Globecom 96, 22 November 1996. (Z. SUN, T. Ors, B. G. Evans)
 “Satellite ATM for Broadband ISDN”, Telecommunication Systems journal, Vol. 4, pp119-131, published by J. C. Baltzer AG Science Publishers, 1995. (Z. SUN, T. Ors, B. G. Evans)
 "Switching Block Studies, Network Performance Evaluation and Traffic Engineering for Broadband-ISDN in the RACE Programme", Special Issues on Teletraffic Research for Broadband ISDN in the RACE Programme, European Transactions on Telecommunications, Vol.5, No.2, Mar. - Apr. 1994. (Z.Sun as co-author)
 “ATM-over-satellite demonstration of broadband network interconnection”, Computer Communications, Special Issue on Transport Protocols for High Speed Broadband Networks”, vol. 21, no. 12, 25 August 1998. (Z. SUN, T. Ors, B. G. Evans)
 “THESEUS Terminal-Access to Broadband Networks for European Stock Exchanges” Proceedings of IEE Electronic & Communications Engineering Journal, Volume 10 Number 6, pp289-296, December 1998. (H. Cruickshank, F. Capobianco, Z.SUN, B. G. Evans)
 “Providing Rate Guarantees for Internet Application Traffic Across ATM Networks”, the IEEE Communications Surveys, Vol. 2, No. 3, third quarter 1999. “Providing Rate Guarantees for Internet Application Traffic Across ATM Networks”, the IEEE Communications Surveys, Vol. 2, No. 3, third quarter 1999. (I. Andrikopoulos, A. Liakopoulos, Z. SUN, G. Pavlou)
 “Providing Rate Guarantees for Internet Application Traffic Across ATM Networks”, the IEEE Communications Surveys, Vol. 2, No. 3, third quarter 1999. (I. Andrikopoulos, A. Liakopoulos, Z. SUN, G. Pavlou)
 “Providing rate guarantees for Internet Application Traffic Across ATM Networks”, An extended abstract, IEICE/IEEE Joint Special Issue on Recent Progress in ATM Technologies, IEICE Transactions on Communications, February 2000 (I. Andrikopoulos, A. Liakopoulos, G. Pavlou, Z. SUN)
 “THESUES Approach to Open Stock Exchange Trading Based on Pan-European Broadband Networks and Satellite links”, Accepted for publication by JASS (JOURNAL OF APPLIED SYSTEMS STUDIES Methodologies and Applications for Systems Approaches), to appear in 2001. (Sun Z. and Cruickshank H)
 “THESEU Approach to Open Stock Exchange Trading based on Pan –European Broadband Networks and Satellite links”, GlobeCom 2000 on Communications: The Global Bridge, San Francisco, 27 November – 1 December 2000. (H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun)
 Z. Sun, “Broadband Satellite Networking”, Space Communications, an International Journal - Special issue on On-Board Processing, Volume 17, number 1-3, 2001, pp7-22. IOS Press. ISSN 0924-8625, SCBRDZ 17(1-3) 1-266 (2001).
 Z. Sun, Y. Chotikapong, H. Cruickshank, “Satellite and Internet: The technology and future development”, Satellite Communications Letter, Vol. 1, No. 1, ASSI, March 2001. pp20-27.
 Y. Chotikapong, H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun, “Evaluation of TCP and Internet traffic via Low earth orbit satellites”, IEEE Personal Communications over satellites, Special issue on Multimedia Communications over Satellites, Vol. 8, No. 3, June 2001. pp28-34, ISSN 1070-9916).
 H Cruickshank, Z Sun, F Carducci and A Sanchez, “Analysis of IP voice conferencing over EuroSkyWay satellite system, IEE Proceedings – Communications, vol.148, No.4, August, 2001, pp202-206.
 H Cruickshank, Z Fan and Z Sun, “New approach in universal serial bus (USB) implementation in an integrated access chip for ISDN systems”, IEE Proceedings – Communications, vol.148, No.4, August, 2001, pp207-211.
 M Howarth, H. Cruickshank and Z Sun, “Unicast and Multicast IP error performance over an ATM satellite link”, IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 5, No.8, August 2001, ISSN 1089-7798. pp340-342.
 Z Sun, H Cruickshank, L Liang, W K Chai, “IP multicast over satellites”, the International journals of satellite communications, Vol. 21, No.4-5, July-October 2003. pp489-507.
 M. Howarth, Z. Sun, “Quantitative analysis of restricted reliability protocols for constant rate traffic”, IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 7, No.9, September 2003, ISSN 1089-7798, pp466-468.
 M. Howarth, S. Iyngar, Z. Sun & H. Cruickshank “Dynamics of key management in secure satellite multicast”, IEEE Journal on Selected areas in Communications (IEEE JSAC) on Broadband IP networks via Satellites – Part I, Volume 22, Number 2, ISSN 0733-8716), February 2004. pp308-319
 Z. Sun, Member, IEEE, D. He, H. Cruickshank, L. Liang, A. Sánchez, C. Tocci, “Scalable Architecture and Evaluation for Multiparty Conferencing over Satellite Links”, IEEE Journal on Selected areas in Communications (IEEE JSAC) on Broadband IP networks via Satellites – Part II, Volume 22, Number 3, ISSN 0733-8716), April 2004. pp594-605
 Zhili Sun, Dan He, Lei Liang, and Haitham Cruickshank, “Internet QoS and Traffic Modelling”, IEE Proceedings Software “Special Issue on Performance Engineering”, Volume 151 Number 5 October 2004, ISSN 1462-5970, pp248-255.
 H. Cruickshank, M.P. Howarth, S. Iyengar, Z. Sun and L. Claverotte, “Securing multicast in DVB-RCS satellite systems,” IEEE Wireless Communications, Vol. 12, No. 5, pp. 38-45, Oct. 2005
 Lei Liang, Zhili Sun and Haitham Cruickshank, “Relative QoS Optimisation for Multiparty Online Gaming in DiffServ Networks”, IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 43, No. 5, May 2005. pp 75-83.
 W.H.D Ng, H. Cruickshank and Z. Sun, “Secure Multi-Layers Multicast Communications”, Volume 25, Issue 4, Elsevier Computers and Security Journal, June 2006. pp265-273.
 W.H.D Ng, Z. Sun, “Dynamic Balanced Key Tree Management for Secure Multicast Communications”, Accepted for publication by IEEE Transactions on Computers
B: Invited conference papers, Books, book chapters and edited proceedings
 Z. Sun, "An Introduction to Satellite ATM Networks", An invited paper/tutorial by the Fifth IFIP Workshop on Performance Modelling and Evaluation of ATM Networks, Ilkley, 12st -23rd July 1997
 Z. Sun, “future technology – satellite networking”, invited speech, Networkshop 30, Nottingham, UK, 26-28 April 2002.
 Z. Sun, “IP networking”, HET-NET’03, 21-13, 2003, Bradford, UK.
 Z. Sun, Satellite Networking, ISBN-0470870273, by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2005.
 Edited by M. Becker, D. Kofman, M. Marot, Z. Sun “Design and Performance Evaluation of 3G Internet Technologies”, Proceedings of IEEE MASCOTS 2002 Workshops, 1st Workshop DPE3GIT' 2002 Fort Worth, Texas, October, 2002.
 "An adaptive random-reservation MAC protocol to guarantee QoS for ATM over satellite", Broadband Communications: The future of telecommunications, pp. 107-119, ISBN 0-412-84410-9, Chapman and Hall, London, 1998. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 "Supporting group applications via satellite constellations with multicast", Proceedings of the Sixth IEE Conference on Telecommunications, pp 190-194, IEE Conference Publication no. 451, ISBN 0-85296-700-4, Edinburgh, UK, 29 March - 1st April , 1998.
 "A MAC Protocol for ATM over Satellite", Proceedings of the Sixth IEE Conference on Telecommunications, pp 185-190, IEE Conference Publication no. 451, ISBN 0-85296-700-4, Edinburgh, UK, 29 March - 1st April, 1998. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 "A Meshed VSAT Satellite Architecture using an On-Board ATM Switch", IEEE International Performance Computing and Communication Conference, pp208-215, ISBN: 0-7803-3873-1, Tempe/Phoenix-Arizona, USA, 5-7 February 1997. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 "ATM over VSAT Networks using Traditional Bent Pipe and On-Board Processing Satellites", ATM Networks: Performance modelling and analysis, vol. 3, pp321-341, ISBN 0-412-8097-2, published for IFIP by Chapman and Hall, London, 1997. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 “Supporting group applications via satellite constellations with multicast”, Proceedings of the Sixth IEE Conference on Telecommunications, pp 190-194, IEE Conference, Publication no. 451, ISBN 0-85296-700-4, Edinburgh, UK, 29 March - 1 April, 1998. (L. Wood, H. Cruickshank, Z. SUN)
 “A MAC Protocol for ATM over Satellite”, Proceedings of the Sixth IEE Conference on Telecommunications, pp 185-190, IEE Conference Publication no. 451, ISBN 0-85296-700-4, Edinburgh, UK, 29 March - 1 April , 1998. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 "Modelling the Satellite Bridge for B-ISDN" Third International Conference on Broadband Island '94, Hamburg, Germany, 7-9 June, 1994. Edited by W. Bauefeld, Otto Spaniol and Fiona Williams, Published by North-Holland. (Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 “Chapter 14 Satellite ATM Networks”, in book “Performance Evaluation and applications of ATM networks”, Edited by D. D. Kouvatsos, Volume 557, The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science, ISBN 0-7923-7851-2, May 2000. pp333-352 (Z. Sun)
 “Chapter 6 TCP/IP over satellite”, in book “Service Efficient Network Interconnection via satellite”, Edited by Y. Fun Hu, G. Maral and Erina Ferro, published by John Wiley & Son, Inc, ISBN-0471-48669-8, 2002, pp195-212 (Z. Sun)
D: Contributions to International standardisation activities: ITU-T, ETSI, IETF standards
 Working paper, IP Multicast over Satellites – Technology Challenges, a contributions to ITU-T/ETSI joint meeting on Multimedia Satellite Systems 2002
 Working paper, IP Based Multimedia Conference over Satellite, a contributions to ITU-T/ETSI joint meeting on Multimedia Satellite Systems 2002
 H. Cruickshank, Z.Sun, D. He, L. Liang , A Sanchez , C Miguel, C. Tocci and B Carro. “Multimedia Conference Model and Signalling over GEO OBP Satellite Networks”. ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) working group. Meeting 13. ETSI; Sophia Antipolis; France. February 2003.
 H. Cruickshank, Z.Sun, L. Liang , A Sanchez , C Miguel, C. Tocci and B Carro. “IP multicast routing optimisation for IP conferencing over GEO satellite networks”. ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) working group. Meeting 13. ETSI; Sophia Antipolis; France. February 2003.
 H. Cruickshank, S. Iyengar, M Howarth, Z. Sun, F. Zeppenfeldt and G. Kenny. “Secure IP multicast over satellites”. ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) working group. Meeting 13. ETSI; Sophia Antipolis; France. February 2003.
 H. Cruickshank, S. Iyengar, M Howarth, Z. Sun, F. Zeppenfeldt and G. Kenny. “Secure IP multicast over satellites”. ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) working group. Meeting 13. ETSI; Sophia Antipolis; France. February 2003.
 H. Harney, U. Meth, A. Colegrove, A. Schuett, P. McDaniel, G. Kenny, H Cruickshank and S Iyengar, “Group Secure Association Key Management Protocol (GSAKMP)”, IETF, draft-ietf-msec-gsakmp-sec-03.txt, August 2003.
 M.P. Howarth, S. Iyengar, H. Cruickshank and Z. Sun H, IRTF, “Life cycle key management costs in secure multicast”, IRTF, draft-irtf-gsec-lifecycle-00.txt, July 2003.
 L. Liang and Z. Sun, Multiparty Communication parameters and metrics, IETF Internet draft-ietf-MCPM-00.txt, August 2004.
 H Cruickshank, Z. Sun, S. Iyengar. Technical Report on Security Aspects for the European ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) working group. ETSI TR 102 287 V1.1.1 (2004-05). May 2004. .
 “IP performance metrics (IPPM) for spatial and multicast”, draft-stephan-ippm-multimetrics-01.txt, 63rd IETF annual meeting, Paris, France, July 2005.
E. Referenced Conference Papers
 “An user interface for building distributed programming environment”, Proceedings of EUUG Conference, Manchester, UK, 22-24 September 1986. (Z. Sun)
 “Sub-space approach to distributed system development on large heterogeneous distributed environment”, Proceedings of ACM SIGOPS European Workshop, Cambridge, 19-21 September 1988. (Z. Sun)
 “Superposition of GMDP traffic sources for ATM networks”, the Proceedings of IEEE Region 10 Conference on Computer and Communication Systems (TENCON’90), Hong Kong, 24-27 September 1990. (Z. Sun, J. Pitts, L. G. Cuthbert)
 “Burst level teletraffic modelling and simulation of broadband multi-service”, the proceedings of IEE UK teletraffic Symposium, Durham, UK, 5th April 1990. (J. Pitts, Z. Sun, L. G. Cuthbert)
 “Studies of queuing delay and cell loss for combined traffic sources in ATM networks”, IEE Eighth UK teletraffic Symposiums, Beeston, Nottingham, 10-12 April 1991. (J. Pitts, Z. Sun, L. G. Cuthbert)
 “Traffic and performance studies of ATM networks based on concurrent simulation using transputer”, Third International conference on Transputer applications, Glasgow, 28-30 August 1991. (J. Pitts, Z. Sun, L. G. Cuthbert)
 “Burst level teletraffic modelling: applications in broadband network studies”, Third IEE UK Conference on Telecommunications, Edinburgh, 17-20 March 1991. (Z. Sun, J. Pitts, L. G. Cuthbert)
 “A comparison of burst level and cell level approaches to the simulation of ATM networks”, International Teletraffic congress, 19-26 June 1991. (J. Pitts, Z. Sun, L. G. Cuthbert)
 “MACROSIM - A simulation tool for ATM networks”, Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Nevada, 27-30 1992. (J. Pitts, Z. Sun, L. G. Cuthbert)
 "Simulation studies of multiplexing and demultiplexing Performance in ATM switch", Tenth UK Teletraffic Symposium, BT Lab. Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, 14-16 April 1993. (Z. Sun, J. Pitts, L. G. Cuthbert)
 "Modelling the subsystem of the ATM testbed for simulation and experiment studies", First UK workshop on performance modelling and evaluation of ATM networks, University. of Bradford, Bradford, UK. 28-29 June 1993. (Z. Sun, J. Pitts, L. G. Cuthbert)
 "Performance studies of the CATALYST Satellite Bridge for the RACE Project", IEE Colloquium on Communications Simulation and Modelling Techniques, University of York, York, UK. 28 September 1993. (Z. Sun, F. Coakley, B. G. Evans)
 "Performance Evaluation of ATM via Satellite”, the Second IFIP Workshop on Performance Modelling and Evaluation of ATM Networks", University of Bradford, Bradford, 4-7 July 1994. (Z. Sun, F. Coakley, B. G. Evans)
 "Satellite Connections for Multimedia Communications", IEE Colloquium on Multimedia Communication Systems, IEE Savoy Place, 4 March 1994. (Z. Sun, F. Coakley, B. G. Evans)
 "Traffic Management in Satellite Bridge", Eleventh UK Teletraffic Symposium: performance Engineering in Telecommunication Networks, The Moller Centre, Cambridge, 23-25 March 1994. (Z. Sun, F. Coakley, B. G. Evans)
 “Broadband services over ATM via satellite”, IEE Colloquium on SDH and its management and ATM and its services, 1st December 1994. (Z. Sun, F. Coakley, B. G. Evans)
 “Implementation of ATM via satellite for B-ISDN”, the Tenth International Conference on Digital satellite Communications”, Brighton, UK, 15-19 May 1995. (Z. Sun, F. Coakley, B. G. Evans)
 "A proposal for Security Services in ATM Networks", Fourth IFIP Workshop on Performance Modelling and Evaluation of ATM Networks, Ilkley, July 1996. (Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, B. G. Evans)
 "ATM Networking with VSATs", Fourth IFIP Workshop on Performance Modelling and Evaluation of ATM Networks, Ilkley, July 1996. (T. ORS, Z. Sun, B. G. Evans)
 "Implementation of ATM over Satellite for Broadband Services", IEE Colloquium on ATM over Satellite, London-UK, 27 November 1996. (Z. Sun, T. ORS, B. G. Evans)
 "THESEUS - Broadband Networks for European Stock Exchanges and Users", IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems, Singapore, 25-29 November 1996. (Z. Sun, B. G. Evans)
 "ATM-over-Satellite demonstration of broadband network interconnection", Accepted to Special Issue in Computer Communications Journal, to be published by Elsevier Science, 1998. (Z. Sun, T. ORS, B. G. Evans)
 “Security Mechanisms for ATM Passive Optical Networks”, Proceedings of the 6th IFIP Workshop on Performance Modelling and Evaluation of ATM Networks (IFIP ATM'98), Ilkley, UK, July 1998. (S. Velentzas, H. Cruickshank, Z. SUN, G. Pavlou)
 "A Review of GFR Frame Forwarding Mechanisms for TCP Traffic over ATM", Accepted to the 6th IFIP Workshop on Performance Modelling and Evaluation of ATM Networks, Ilkley, UK, July 1998. (I. Andrikopolous, Z. Sun, G. Pavlou)
 "Analysis of a MAC protocol to guarantee QoS for ATM over satellite", IEEE ICC '98, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 7-11 June, 1998. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 "Analysis of an adaptive random/reservation MAC Protocols for ATM over satellite", IEEE VTC'98, Ottawa, Canada, 18-21 May, 1998. (T. Ors, Z. SUN, B. G. Evans)
 "THESEUS Project - Satellite Access to European Stock Exchanges". ICC99 Workshop on Satellite Communications Architectures and Networks, June 1999. (Cruickshank H, Capobianco F, Sun Z, and Evans B. G.)
 “Evaluation of Application Performance for TCP/IP via Satellite Links”, IEE Colloqium on Satellite Services and the Internet, 17 February 2000. (Y. Chotikapong, Z.Sun)
 “Analysis of IP Voice Conferencing over Geostationary Satellite Systems”, IEE Colloqium on Satellite Services and the Internet, 17 February 2000. (Z.Sun, H. Cruickshank)
 “BISANTE - TRAFFIC EVALUATION TOOL FOR BROADBAND SATELLITE NETWORKS”, 18th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Oakland, April 2000. (Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, B. Cheng and Prof. B. G. Evans)
 “Simulation studies of TCP/IP Performance over Satellite”, 18th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Oakland, April 2000 (Z. Sun, Y. Chotikapong, C. Chaisompong)
 “Network Architecture and Performance Evaluation of TCP/IP and ATM over Satellite”, 18th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Oakland, April 2000. (Y. Chotikapong, Z. Sun, T. Örs and B. G. Evans)
 “Network Architecture and Performance Evaluation of Broadband Satellite Systems”, IEEE International Conference on Networks, Singapore, 5-8 September 2000. (Y. Chotikapong, Z.Sun)
 “Validation of IP-Telephony over EuroSkyway Network”, Publication by IEE Colloquium on Broadband Satellite: the Critical Success Factors Technology, Services & Markets, 16-17 October 2000. (H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun, S, Iyengar and F. Carducci)
 “Secure IP Multicast over GEO satellites”, Publication by IEE Colloquium on Broadband Satellite: the Critical Success Factors Technology, Services & Markets, 16-17 October 2000. (H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun, S, Iyengar)
 H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun, A. Sanchez A., F. Carducci, “Validation of IP-Telephony and conferencing over EuroSkyWay Network”, Proceedings of the 19th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Toulouse, France, Vol. 2, Session 16, No. 118, April 2001.
 S. Iyengar, H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun, “Security Issues in IP Multicast over GEO Satellites”, Proceedings of the 19th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Toulouse, France, Vol. 2, Session 16, No. 117, April 2001
 P Zong, H. Cruickshank, Z. Sun and Prof. B. G. Evans, “INTERNET TRAFFIC EVALUATION OVER LEO SATELLITE CONSTELLATION NETWORKS”, Proceedings of the 19th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Toulouse, France, Vol. 2, Session 16, No. 118, April 2001
 Z. Sun, A. Sanchez, H. Cruickshank, B. Carro, “VoIP Real-Time Flows In Satellite Networks With OBP”, Seventh International Workshop on Digital Signal Processing Techniques for Space Communications (DSP2000), Sesimbra, Portugal ,1-3 October 2001
 M. Salleh and Z. Sun, Multiplexed Internet Traffic Modelling and Evaluation, Proceedings of the 20th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Montreal, Canada, 12-15 May 2002
 M. Howarth and Z. Sun, Performance of IP Reliable Multicast Protocols Over GEO Satellite ATM Links, Proceedings of the 20th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Montreal, Canada, 12-15 May 2002
 Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, S. Iyengar and M. Howarth, IP Multicast over Satellites – Technology Challenges, Proceedings of the 20th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Montreal, Canada, 12-15 May 2002
 Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, S. Iyengar and M. Howarth, IP Based Multimedia Conference over Satellite, Proceedings of the 20th AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Montreal, Canada, 12-15 May 2002
 Michael P. Howarth, Sunil Iyengar, Haitham Cruickshank, Zhili Sun. “Security systems for multicast data transfer over satellite”. COST 272 meeting, paper number TD-02-024-P. December 2002
 Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, “Internet QoS measurement and reaffic modelling”, The Second ATS Network Conference on CONFORMANCE TESTING AND INTEROPERABILITY, Stuttgart, Germany, 20-21 January2003
 Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, S. Iyengar and M. Howarth, “IP multicast over satellites” the 21st AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Yokohama, Japan, 15 - 19 April 2003
 Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, L. Liang, “Multimedia Conference over satellites”, the 21st AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Yokohama, Japan, 15 - 19 April, 2003
 W. Chai, Z. Sun, “Satellite emulator for IP networking”, the 21st AIAA International Communication Satellite Systems Conference and Exhibit, Yokohama, Japan, 15 - 19 April 2003
 H Cruickshank, Z. Sun, L. Liang. “IP conference routing optimisation over GEO satellites”. IST-Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit June 2003
 H. Cruickshank. “Definition and evaluation of service quality / possible impact of propagation impairments”. Joint COST 272-280 Workshop, June 2003.
 W. K. Chai and Z. Sun, “QoS MEASUREMENT OF MULTIMEDIA TRAFFIC VIA MULTI-SERVICE SATELLITE SYSTEM”, HET-NET’03, 21-13, 2003 July, Bradford, UK.
 B. Zhou, Z.Sun, “Simulation Study of Self-Similar Traffic and Network Performance”, HET-NET’03, 21-13 July, 2003, Bradford, UK.
 L. Liang and Dr. Z. Sun, “IP Traffic Measurement and Modelling at Packet Level”, HET-NET’03, 21-13 July, 2003, Bradford, UK.
 H Cruickshank, Z. Sun, S. Iyengar. Technical Report on Security Aspects for the European ETSI Broadband Satellite Multimedia (BSM) working group. ETSI TR 102 287 V1.1.1 (2004-05). May 2004.
 Bo Zhou, Dan He, Zhili Sun and Haitham Cruickshank, “Modelling large-time-scale HTTP Traffic by using wavelet and time series model”, 20th UKPEW, 7-8 July 2004.
 Chong Feng, Dan He, Zhili Sun “IP Traffic Trace Modelling with ARMAX/GARCH”, HET-NET’03, Ilkley, UK, 26-28, July 2004.
 B. Zhou, D. He and Z. Sun, “Network Traffic Modelling and Prediction with ARIMA/GARCH”, in HET-NETs’05, Ilkly, UK, July 2005.
 Z. Sun, “Future IP networking technologies”, in HET-NETs’05, Ilkly, UK, July 2005.
 D. He, Z. Sun and B. Zhou, “An ARMAX/GARCH time series model for IP Traffic Trace”, in ITC19, Beijing, China, Aug 2005.
 B. Zhou, D. He and Z. Sun, “Traffic modelling and prediction using ARIMA/GARCH model”, in COST 285 symposium, Munich, Germany, Sept 2005.
 Zongyang Luo, Zhili Sun, Haitham Cruickshank, “A Delay Constrained Routing Algorithm for LEO Satellite Networks”, accepted to 14th IST Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit, Dresden, Germany, 19~23, June, 2005.
 Zongyang Luo, Zhili Sun, Haitham Cruickshank, “Multi-constraint routing algorithm for LEO satellite networks”, accepted to 23rd AIAA International Communication Systems Conference (ICSSC), Rome, Italy, 25~28, September, 2005.
 H. Cruickshank, M.P. Howarth, S.Iyengar, Z. Sun, and L. Claverotte. “A Comparison between satellite DVB conditional access and secure IP multicast”. IST-Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit June 2005.
 Wee Hock Desmond Ng, Zhili Sun, “Multi-Layers Balanced LKH”, IEEE ICC 2005, Korean, 16 – 20 May 2005.
 L. Liang, Dr. Z. Sun and D. He, “New parameters and metrics for multiparty communications”, Conference on Next Generation Internet Networks traffic engineering (NGI 2005), Rome, 18-20 April, 2005.
 L. Liang, Z. Sun, H. Cruickshank, S. Iyengar, M. Fitch, M. Cole, T. Boivin and N. Chuberre, “Network architecture evolution for satellite digital multimedia broadcast (SDMB) interworking with 3G and beyond mobile networks”, 23rd AIAA ICSSC 2005 conference, Rome, Italy 25-28, September 2005.
 S. Iyengar* and H. Cruickshank. Z. Sun, “Secure Satellite IP multicast using Group Secure Association Key Management Protocol”, 23rd AIAA ICSSC 2005 conference, Rome, Italy 25-28, September 2005.
 Pasquale Pace, Salvatore Marano, Zhili Sun, Barry Evans, “Cost Model for Evaluation of SDMB Service over Integrated Satellite-Terrestrial UMTS Networks”, International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications 2005 (IWSSC 2005) September 8-9, 2005, Siena, Italy, jointly with 2nd International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems 2005 (ISWCS2005).