The Annals of Applied Probability

Processing Networks with Parallel and Sequential Tasks: Heavy Traffic Analysis and Brownian Limits

Vien Nguyen

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Abstract

In queueing theory one seeks to predict in quantitative terms the congestion delays that occur when jobs or customers complete for processing resources. At present no satisfactory methods exist for the analysis of systems that allow simultaneous performance of tasks associated with a single job or customer. We present a heavy traffic analysis for the class of homogeneous fork-join networks in which jobs are routed in a feedforward deterministic fashion. We show that under certain regularity conditions the vector of total job count processes converges weakly to a multidimensional reflected Brownian motion (RBM) whose state space is a polyhedral cone in the nonnegative orthant. Furthermore, the weak limits of workload levels and throughput times are shown to be simple transformations of the RBM. As will be explained, the "steady-state throughput time" (a random variable) is expressed in terms of workload levels via the "longest path functional" of classical PERT/CPM analysis.

Article information

Source
Ann. Appl. Probab., Volume 3, Number 1 (1993), 28-55.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoap/1177005506

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.1214/aoap/1177005506

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR1202514

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
0771.60082

JSTOR
links.jstor.org

Subjects
Primary: 60K25: Queueing theory [See also 68M20, 90B22]
Secondary: 60J65: Brownian motion [See also 58J65] 60K20: Applications of Markov renewal processes (reliability, queueing networks, etc.) [See also 90Bxx]

Keywords
Fork-join networks processing networks heavy traffic analysis reflected Brownian motion sojourn time analysis performance analysis

Citation

Nguyen, Vien. Processing Networks with Parallel and Sequential Tasks: Heavy Traffic Analysis and Brownian Limits. Ann. Appl. Probab. 3 (1993), no. 1, 28--55. doi:10.1214/aoap/1177005506. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoap/1177005506


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