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A computer on a $10$ $Mbps$ network is regulated by a token bucket. The token bucket is filled at a rate of $2$ $Mbps$. It is initially filled to capacity with $16$ $Megabits$. What is the maximum duration for which the computer can transmit at the full $10$ $Mbps$?

1. $1.6$ seconds
2. $2$ seconds
3. $5$ seconds
4. $8$ seconds
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Is token bucket in gate syllabus 2018 since token ring is not in syllabus ?
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Its not related to token ring . It is a congestion control algorithm in network layer (falls under traffic shaping).
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Confusion in the analysis of the problem.

 at $t = 0$ Bucket occupancy $= 16 \ Mb$ between $t = 0 \text{ and } t = 1$ $10 \ Mb$ worth of token (and packet data) is drained out. $2 \ Mb$ worth of token is added to the bucket. at the end of $t = 1$ Bucket occupancy $= (16 - 10 + 2) \ Mb = 8 \ Mb$ between $t = 1 \text{ and } t = 2$ What will happen here?

My understanding: $2$ possibilities

1. $2 \ Mb$ worth of token is first added to the bucket. And then, $10 \ Mb$ worth of token is removed. This leaves bucket occupancy $= 0 \ Mb$. This gives a full rate transmission time of $2$ seconds.
2. $8 \ Mb$ worth of token is first drained out of the bucket, and then, $2 \ Mb$ worth of token is added. This leaves bucket occupancy $= 2 \ Mb$. This gives a full rate transmission time of $1$ second.

As per the discussions here, it is evident that the former approach is preferred over the latter. But, intuitively, I do not see any reason for doing this.

• Why would the transmitter wait for the bucket to fill again with $2 \ Mb$ worth of token (possibility $1$) when it already has $8 \ Mb$ worth of token in the bucket and can use it to transmit $8 \ Mb$ data?

I would appreciate an intuitive explanation, rather than using the formula $T_{trans} = \frac{16 \ Mb}{(10 - 2) \ Mbps}$

New tokens are added at the rate of $r$ bits/sec which is
$2$ $Mbps$ in the given question.

Capacity of the token bucket (b) = $16$ $Mbits$
Maximum possible transmission rate (M) = $10$ $Mbps$
So, the maximum burst time = b/(M-r) = $16$/($10$-$2$) = $2$ $seconds$
Here is the animation for token bucket hope this will help us to understand the concept.

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Can you please explain how the formula is derived?
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say till t sec it operate at 10mbps,

t*2+16=10*t

8t=16

so  t=2
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I tried this easiest method! Is my approach correct, yes or no? plz let me know!

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That animation link is not working. Those who are interested to see that: http://webmuseum.mi.fh-offenburg.de/index.php%3Fview=exh&src=8.html
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@partner it is also not working
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Yes, it is not working now, unfortunately!

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TIME TOKEN IN BUCKET TOKEN SEND LEFT IN BUCKET
First sec 16Mb+ 2Mb =18Mb 10Mb 8Mb
next sec 8Mb+2Mb 10Mb 0Mb

Hence for 2 seconds we can send the tokens at 10 Mbps.

It's 'kind of' aptitude question:

packets leaving bucket at 10Mbps   &&   packets entering bucket at 2Mbps.

So "actual rate" of bucket being empty is 10-2=8Mbps.

so (capacity/transmission rate) = 16/8 =2seconds.
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• I/P rate of tokens=2MBPS. 2 MB tokens come 1 sec
• O/P rate of tokens=10 MBPS. 10 MB tokens comes out in 1 sec
• Capacity of the bucket=16 MB
• At t=0, bucket=16 MB
• At t=1, 10 MB tokens comes out(as it is filled so first tokens have to pulled out then it will be filled), 2 MB tokens come in, (16-10+2)=8 MB tokens. At t=1 bucket has 8 MB tokens
• At t=2, bucket has 8 MB tokens(it is not full no first tokens will come in then pulled out), 2MB tokens comes in, bucket=8+2=10 MB. 10 MB tokens will come out. Now bucket has 0 MB tokens
• At t=3, bucket has 0 tokens, 2 MB tokens comes in and 2 MB token goes out. So here tokens are send at the rate of 2 MBPS and this will continue
• In t=1 sec 10 MB tokens comes out
• At t=2, 10 MB tokens come out
• So till 2 sec we're able to send tokens at 10 MBPS

Simple way :

Token rate into bucket = 2 Mbps

Output rate of bucket = 10 Mbps

Effective rate = 10-2 = 8 Mbps

Bucket capacity is full, 16 Mb

So, at effective rate bucket will drain in 16/8 = 2s

In these 2s, output capacity of bucket will be 10Mbps, after bucket gets empty, it's capacity will reduce to effective rate of 8Mbps.

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