We consider a polling system where a group of an infinite number of servers visits sequentially a set of queues. When visited, each queue is attended for a random time. Arrivals at each queue follow a Poisson process, and the service time of each individual customer is drawn from a general probability distribution function. Thus, each of the queues comprising the system is, in isolation, an M/G/8-type queue. A job that is not completed during a visit will have a new service-time requirement sampled from the service-time distribution of the corresponding queue. To the best of our knowledge, this article is the first in which an M/G/8-type polling system is analyzed. For this polling model, we derive the probability generating function and expected value of the queue lengths and the Laplace–Stieltjes transform and expected value of the sojourn time of a customer. Moreover, we identify the policy that maximizes the throughput of the system per cycle and conclude that under the Hamiltonian-tour approach, the optimal visiting order is independent of the number of customers present at the various queues at the start of the cycle.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|