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Two CSMA/CD stations are each trying to transmit long (multiframe) files. After each frame is sent, they contend for the channel, using the binary exponential backoff algorithm. What is the probability that the contention ends on round k?

  1. $\Sigma kP_k$
  2. $kP_k$
  3. $\Sigma P_k$
  4. none
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I am getting following as the probability to end the contention on round k.


= $\left \{ \prod_{x=1}^{k-1}\left ( \frac{1}{2^x} \right ) \right \}*\frac{2^k-1}{2^k}$
Debashish is right.
What does round mean here?? does it mean round of application of backoff algorithm or round of transmission??

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After k consecutive collisions (with probability p), a station delays retransmission by a random interval uniformly distributed between 0 and 2k , (so the packet is transmitted k+1 times in total).
Number the attempts starting from 1. Attempt i is distributed among 2i−1 slots . Thus, the probability of a collision on attempt i is 1/(2i−1) or 2−(i−1). The probability that the first k-1 attempts will fail is then:
Pk = (1 − 2 −(k−1)) · $· \prod (i=1  to ( k-1)) $ 2 −(i−1) , which can be simplified to:
Pk = (1 − 2 −(k−1)) · 2 − ((k−1)·(k−2)) /2 ,
so, the expected number of rounds is simply: $\sum_{k}^{}$k.Pk

So, the answer is (A)


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