Data Communications Networking Chapter 3, Problem 48E

Question: What is the total delay (latency) for a frame of size 5 million bits that is being sent on a link with 10 routers each having a queuing time of 2 μs and a processing time of 1 μs. The length of the link is 2000 Km. The speed of light inside the link is 2 × 108 m/s. The link has a bandwidth of 5 Mbps. Which component of the total delay is dominant? Which one is negligible?


Given data:

Distance (length of the link) =2000 Km



Propagation speed=2


Frame size=5million bits


The Bandwidth=5Mbps


106 bps (1Mbps=106 bps)

Queuing time=10

2 (10 routers each having a queuing time of 2)


Processing delay=10

1 (10 routers each having a processing time of 1)


Total delay (Latency) = Propagation time + Transmission time + Queuing time

+ Processing delay.

Propagation time=


= 0.01s

Therefore, Propagation time=0.01s

Transmission time=


= 1s

Therefore, Transmission time=1s

Queuing time=10



210-6s (1=10-6s)



= 0.00002s

Therefore, Queuing time=0.00002s

Processing delay=10



10-6s (1=10-6s)

Therefore, Processing delay=0.000010s

Therefore, Total delay (Latency) =0.01+1+0.000020+0.000010


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