Questions tagged [computer-networks]

Questions about problems that arise when you connect multiple computers to form a network.

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Measuring one way network latency

This is a puzzle about measuring network latency that I created. I believe the solution is that it's impossible, but friends disagree. I'm looking for convincing explanations either way. (Though it is ...
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Sliding window protocol, calculation of sequence number bits

I am preparing for my exams and was solving problems regarding Sliding Window Protocol and I came across these questions.. A 1000km long cable operates a 1MBPS. ...
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Clock synchronization in a network with asymmetric delays

Assume a computer has a precise clock which is not initialized. That is, the time on the computer's clock is the real time plus some constant offset. The computer has a network connection and we want ...
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Why is the throughput (performance) of the Slotted Aloha protocol ≈ 0.36

I've read that the throughput - that is, the amount of good useful messages relative to capacity - of the Slotted ALOHA protocol for communication networks is roughly 0.36%. But its not clear how we ...
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The throughput of the ALOHA protocol if the Binomial distribution was used

In all the examples of ALOHA I've seen, the Poisson distribution is used. Theoretically, how could the throughput be calculated if a Binomial distribution was used instead? For example, in the case ...
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Till which layer does the loopback packet goes?

I want to know exactly till which layer in the OSI model the 127.0.0.1 (loopback) packet goes till it is returned to the upper layer. I read some where it goes till data link layer. but as i was told ...
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ip/tcp packet decoding without wireshark

How can we manually read and interpret packets properly without using wireshark? Now from the Ethernet header I know that the Destination MAC Address should be at the 5th byte (after converting bits/...
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Why is the throughput (performance) of the Aloha protocol ≈ 0.18?

I've read in a few places (like here that the throughput - that is, the amount of good useful messages relative to capacity - of the ALOHA protocol for networks is roughly 0.18%. But its not clear ...
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Is this applet implementation for the Go-Back-N ARQ protocol correct?

I was reading a textbook describing the Go-Back-N (GBN) protocol with Finite State Machines as pictured below: $\Lambda$ just means "initial state" or "no action", depending on ...
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difference between propagation speed and bandwidth in digital communication

I want to know difference between propagation speed and bandwidth in digital communication.I know bandwidth is no of bits in one second and propagation speed of signal is distance traveled by signal ...
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Stop and Wait retransmission of packets?

In a communication link out of p packets one packet will be lost. If stop and wait protocol is used then expected number of retransmissions for a packet? (A) P/(1-P) (B) P (C) 1/(1-P) (D) 1/P I ...