Transport Layer

  1. Kurose & Ross, Chapter 3, Problem P4.

    a. Suppose you have the following 2 bytes: 01011100 and 01100101. What is the 1s complement of the sum of these 2 bytes?

    b. Suppose you have the following 2 bytes: 11011010 and 01100101. What is the 1s complement of the sum of these 2 bytes?

    c. For the bytes in part (a), give an example where one bit is flipped in each of the 2 bytes and yet the 1s complement doesn't change.

  2. Kurose & Ross, Chapter 3, Problem P14.

    Consider a reliable data transfer protocol that uses only negative acknowledgments. Suppose the sender sends data only infrequently. Would a NAK-only protocol be preferable to a protocol that uses ACKS? Why? Now suppose the sender has a lot of data to send and the end-to-end connection experiences few losses. In this second case, would a NAK-only protocol be preferable to a protocol that uses ACKS? Why?

  3. Kurose & Ross, Chapter 3, Problem P40.

    TCP

    Consider the figure above. Assuming TCP Reno is the protocol experiencing the behavior shown above, answer the following questions. In all cases, you should provide a short discussion justifying your answer.

    a. Identify the intervals of time when TCP slow start is operating.

    b. Identify the intervals of time when TCP congestion avoidance is operating.

    c. After the 16th transmission round, is segment loss detected by a triple duplicate ACK or by a timeout?

    d. After the 22nd transmission round, is segment loss detected by a triple duplicate ACK or by a timeout?

    e. What is the initial value of ssthresh at the first transmission round?

    f. What is the value of ssthresh at the 18th transmission round?

    g. What is the value of ssthresh at the 24th transmission round?

    h. During what transmission round is the 70th segment sent?

    i. Assuming a packet loss is detected after the 26th round by the receipt of a triple duplicate ACK, what will be the values of the congestion window size and of ssthresh?

  4. Kurose & Ross, Chapter 3, Problem P41.

    TCP

    Refer to the figure above, which illustrates the convergence of TCP's AIMD algorithm. Suppose that instead of a multiplicative decrease, TCP decreased the window size by a constant amount. Would the resulting AIAD algorithm converge to an equal share algorithm? Justify your answer using a diagram similar to the figure.

  5. Kurose & Ross, Chapter 3, Problem P54.

    In our discussion of TCP congestion control, we implicitly assumed that the TCP sender always had data to send. Consider now the case that the TCP sender sends a large amount of data and then goes idle (since it has no more data to send) at $t_1$. TCP remains idle for a relatively long period of time and then wants to send more data at $t_2$. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having TCP use the cwnd and ssthresh values from $t_1$ when starting to send data at $t_2$? What alternative would you recommend? Why?

  6. Consider TCP with a sender window size of $N$. Suppose that at time t, the next in-order packet the receiver is expecting has a sequence number of $k$. Assume that the network does not reorder messages.

    a. What are the possible sets of sequence numbers inside the sender's window at time $t$? Justify your answer.

    b. What are all possible values of the ACK field in all possible messages currently propagating back to the sender at time $t$? Justify your answer.