Consider two M/G/1 queues that are coupled in the following way. Whenever both queues are non-empty, each server serves its own queue at unit speed. However, if server 2 has no work in its own queue, then it assists server 1, resulting in an increased service speed r/sub 1//sup *//spl ges/1 in the first queue. This kind of coupling is related to generalized processor sharing. We assume that the service request distributions at both queues are regularly varying at infinity of index -v/sub 1/ and -v/sub 2/, namely, they are heavy-tailed. Under this assumption, we present a detailed analysis of the tail behaviour of the workload distribution at each queue. If the guaranteed unit speed of server 1 is already sufficient to handle its offered traffic, then the workload distribution at the first queue is shown to be regularly varying at infinity of index 1-v/sub 1/. But if it is not sufficient, then the workload distribution at the first queue is shown to be regularly varying at infinity of index 1-min(v/sub 1/,v/sub 2/). In particular, traffic at server 1 is then no longer protected from worse-behaved (heavier-tailed) traffic at server 2.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings INFOCOM 2000 (Tel Aviv, Israel, March 26-30, 2000)|
|Editors||R. Rom, H. Schulzrinne, M. Sidi|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|