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Asymptotic behavior of the expansion method for open finite queueing networks. (English) Zbl 0662.60105

The paper presents an approximation technique for the modeling of finite capacity queueing networks.
In the first part, the ‘expansion method’, already discussed in earlier papers, is described. The basic idea behind it is the introduction of ‘holding nodes’ representing the additional waiting times incurred by customers due to blocking. In limiting the analysis to exponential service times and an external Poisson arrival process, an exhaustive set of recursive equations is derived based on mean value computation and well-known approximations [see J. Labetoulle and G. Pujolle, IEEE Trans. Software Eng. SE-6, No.4 (1980)].
In part two, the value of the expansion method with regard to meeting an upper bound throughput criterion [P. C. Bell, Oper. Res. Lett. 1, 230-235 (1982; Zbl 0499.90039)] even for quite ‘unbalanced’ service rates is demonstrated.
Reviewer: G.Wieber

MSC:

60K25 Queueing theory (aspects of probability theory)
60K20 Applications of Markov renewal processes (reliability, queueing networks, etc.)
90B22 Queues and service in operations research
68M20 Performance evaluation, queueing, and scheduling in the context of computer systems

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Zbl 0499.90039
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