The shorter queue polling model

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We consider a two-queue polling model in which customers upon arrival join the shorter of two queues. Customers arrive according to a Poisson process and the service times in both queues are independent and identically distributed random variables having the exponential distribution. The two-dimensional process of the numbers of customers at the queue where the server is and at the other queue is a two-dimensional Markov process. We derive its equilibrium distribution using two methodologies: the compensation approach and a reduction to a boundary value problem. Keywords: Polling models; Join the shorter queue; Compensation approach; Boundary value problem
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-200
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Early online date16 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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