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Static and dynamic server allocation in systems with on/off sources

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Joris Slegers, Emeritus Professor Isi Mitrani, Dr Nigel Thomas


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A system consisting of a number of servers, where demands of different types arrive in bursts (modelled by interrupted Poisson processes), is examined in the steady state. The problem is to decide how many servers to allocate to each job type, so as to minimize a cost function expressed in terms of average queue sizes. First, an exact analysis is provided for an isolated IPP/M/n queue. The results are used to compute the optimal static server allocation policy. The latter is then compared to four heuristic policies which employ dynamic switching of servers from one queue to another (such switches take time and hence incur costs). © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Author(s): Slegers J, Mitrani I, Thomas N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Annals of Operations Research

Year: 2008

Volume: 170

Issue: 1

Pages: 251-263

ISSN (print): 0254-5330

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9338

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10479-008-0440-0


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