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This update takes a numerical approach to understanding and making probable estimations relating to queues, with a comprehensive outline of simple and more advanced queueing models. Newly featured topics of the Fourth Edition include: Retrial queues, Approximations for queueing networks, Numerical inversion of transforms, Determining the appropriate number of servers to balance quality and cost of service.
Each chapter provides a self-contained presentation of key concepts and formulae, allowing readers to work with each section independently, while a summary table at the end of the book outlines the types of queues that have been discussed and their results. In addition, two new appendices have been added, discussing transforms and generating functions as well as the fundamentals of differential and difference equations. New examples are now included along with problems that incorporate QtsPlus software, which is freely available via the book's related Web site.
With its accessible style and wealth of real-world examples, Fundamentals of Queueing Theory, Fourth Edition is an ideal book for courses on queueing theory at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also a valuableresource for researchers and practitioners who analyze congestion in the fields of telecommunications, transportation, aviation, and management science.
About the Author:
Donald Gross, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor of Operations Research and Engineering at George Mason University and Professor Emeritus of Operations Research at The George Washington University. With over forty years of experience in academia and consulting, Dr. Gross has published extensively in the area of queueing applications to repairable item inventory control, air traffic control, and Internet congestion
About the Author:
John F. Shortle, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research at George Mason University. He has authored or coauthored over thirty published articles on the application of simulation and queueing theory in telecommunications and aviation
About the Author:
James M. Thompson is an Enterprise Architect at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. His current areas of research interest include computer system performance modeling, system capacity studies and benchmarking, information architecture, and computational finance
"...updated and expanded, presenting the analytic modeling of queues using up-to-date examples...contains additional proofs, material, and discussions...with a fresh emphasis on the telecommunications boom that enlivens the text."
"Despite its title, the book is rather advanced, so it is appropriate for practitioners, those in academia, and upper-class students. However, any reader will benefit from the concise introductions to the problems, the detailed descriptions supported with step-by-step formulas, the solutions provided by the manual, and the QtsPlus software." (Computing Reviews, 1 December 2011)
"This is an accessible and attractive book with good writing all the way through. It has the advantage of years of classroom testing. The exercises are extensive and creative." (MAA Reviews, March 19, 2009)
1.1 Description of the Queueing Problem.
1.2 Characteristics of Queueing Processes.
1.4 Measuring System Performance.
1.5 Some General Results.
1.6 Simple Data Bookkeeping for Queues.
1.7 Poisson Process and the Exponential Distribution.
1.8 Markovian Property of the Exponential Distribution.
1.9 Stochastic Processes and Markov Chains.
2. Simple Markovian Queueing Models.
2.1 Birth Death Processes.
2.2 Single-Server Queues (M/M/1).
2.3 Multi-Server Queues (M/M/c).
2.4 Choosing the Number of Servers.
2.5 Queues with Truncation (M/M/c/K).
2.6 Erlang?s Loss Formula (M/M/c/c).
2.7 Queues with Unlimited Service (M/M/1).
2.8 Finite Source Queues.
2.9 State-Dependent Service.
2.10 Queues with Impatience.
2.11 Transient Behavior.
2.12 Busy-Period Analysis.
3. Advanced Markovian Queueing Models.
3.1 Bulk Input (M[X]/M/1).
3.2 Bulk Service (M/M[Y ]/1).
3.3 Erlangian Models.
3.4 Priority Queue Disciplines.
3.5 Retrial Queues.
4. Networks, Series, and Cyclic Queues.
4.1 Series Queues.
4.2 Open Jackson Networks.
4.3 Closed Jackson Networks.
4.4 Cyclic Queues.
4.5 Extensions of Jackson Networks.
4.6 Non-Jackson Networks.
5. General Arrival or Service Patterns.
5.1 General Service, Single Server (M/G/1).
5.2 General Service, Multi-Server (M/G/c/ú, M/G/1).
5.3 General Input (G/M/1, G/M/c).
6. More General Models and Theoretical Topics.
6.1 G/Ek/1, G[k]/M/1, and G/PHk/1.
6.2 General Input, General Service (G/G/1) .
6.3 Multichannel Queues with Poisson Input and Constant Service (M/D/c).
6.4 Semi-Markov and Markov Renewal Processes in Queueing.
6.5 Other Queue Disciplines.
6.6 Design and Control of Queues.
6.7 Statistical Inference in Queueing.
7. Bounds and Approximations.
7.3 Network Approximations.
8. Numerical Techniques and Simulation.
8.1 Numerical Techniques.
8.2 Numerical Inversion of Transforms.
8.3 Discrete-Event Stochastic Simulation.
Appendix 1. Symbols and Abbreviations.
Appendix 2. Tables.
Appendix 3. Transforms and Generating Functions.
A3.1 Laplace Transforms.
A3.2 Generating Functions.
Appendix 4. Differential and Difference Equations.
A4.1 Ordinary Differential Equations.
A4.2 Difference Equations.
Appendix 5. QTSPlus Software.
A5.1 Instructions for Downloading.
Posted February 22, 2000
Fundamentals of Queueing Theory (third edition), by Gross and Harris, is 'the' standard reference in queueing theory. The fact that the book is in its third edition indicates its popularity. This book is aimed at the graduate level for students in industrial engineering, computer science, management science, mathematics, and perhaps electrical engineering or transportation. The book is up-to-date, authoritative, and even fun to read (for the mathematically inclined). The authors are experts in their field. There are other excellent queueing theory texts, but this one is the overall best seller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.