Modelling and analysis of Markovian continuous flow systems with a finite buffer
Author(s)Tan, Baris; Gershwin, Stanley B.
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In this study, a Markovian fluid flow system with two stages separated by a finite buffer is considered. Fluid flow models have been analyzed extensively to evaluate the performance of production, computer, and telecommunication systems. Recently, we developed a methodology to analyze general Markovian continuous flow systems with a finite buffer. The flexibility of this methodology allows us to analyze a wide range of systems by specifying the transition rates and the flow rates associated with each state of each stage. In this study, in order to demonstrate the applicability of our methodology, we model and analyze a range of models studied in the literature. The examples we analyze as special cases of our general model include systems with phase-type failure and repair-time distributions, systems with machines that have multiple up and down states, and systems with multiple unreliable machines in series or parallel in each stage. For each case, the Markovian model is developed, the transition and flow rates are determined, and representative numerical results are obtained by using our methodology.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Annals of Operations Research
Tan, Barış, and Stanley B. Gershwin. “Modelling and Analysis of Markovian Continuous Flow Systems with a Finite Buffer.” Annals of Operations Research 182.1 (2009) : 5-30. Copyright © 2009, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
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