We study a polling model where we want to achieve a balance between the fairness of the waiting times and the efficiency of the system. For this purpose, we introduce the k-gated service discipline. It is a hybrid of the classical gated and exhausted disciplines, and consists of using Ki gated service phases at queue i before the server switches to the next queue. We derive the distributions and means of the waiting times, a pseudo conservation law for the weighted sum of the mean waiting times, and the fluid limits of the waiting times. Our goal is to optimize the Ki's so as to minimize the differences in the mean waiting times, i.e. to achieve maximal fairness, without giving up too much on the efficiency of the system. From the fluid limits we derive a heuristic rule for setting the Ki's. In a numerical study the heuristic is shown to perform well.
|Place of Publication||Eindhoven|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|