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An algorithmic approach for analysis of finite-source retrial systems with unreliable servers. (English) Zbl 1231.90149
Summary: This paper aims at presenting an approach for analyzing finite-source retrial systems with servers subject to breakdowns and repairs, using generalized stochastic Petri nets (GSPNs). This high-level formalism allows a simple representation of such systems with different breakdown disciplines. From the GSPN model, a continuous time Markov chain (CTMC) can be automatically derived. However, for multiserver retrial systems with unreliable servers, the models may have a huge state space. Using the GSPN model as a support, we propose an algorithm for directly computing the infinitesimal generator of the CTMC without generating the reachability graph. In addition, we develop the formulas of the main stationary performance and reliability indices, as a function of the number of servers, the size of the customer source and the stationary probabilities. Through numerical examples, we discuss the effect of the system parameters and the breakdown disciplines on performance.

90B25 Reliability, availability, maintenance, inspection in operations research
68Q85 Models and methods for concurrent and distributed computing (process algebras, bisimulation, transition nets, etc.)
MOSEL; lcpSim
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