Stability of multi-dimensional birth-and-death processes with state-dependent 0-homogeneous jumps

M. Jonckheere, V. Shneer

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We study the positive recurrence of multi-dimensional birth-and- death processes describing the evolution of a large class of stochastic systems, a typical example being the randomly varying number of flow-level transfers in a telecommunication wire-line or wireless network. We first provide a generic method to construct a Lyapunov function when the drift can be extended to a smooth function on RN, using an associated deterministic dynamical system. This approach gives an elementary proof of ergodicity without needing to establish the convergence of the scaled version of the process towards a fluid limit and then proving that the stability of the fluid limit implies the stability of the process. We also provide a counterpart result proving instability conditions. We then show how discontinuous drifts change the nature of the stability conditions and we provide generic sufficient stability conditions having a simple geometric interpretation. These conditions turn out to be necessary (outside a negligible set of the parameter space) for piece-wise constant drifts in dimension 2.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameReport Eurandom
ISSN (Print)1389-2355


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