Queueing Systems

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 205–212

Approximations for Multi-Class Departure Processes

  • René Caldentey

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010910531975

Cite this article as:
Caldentey, R. Queueing Systems (2001) 38: 205. doi:10.1023/A:1010910531975


The exact analysis of a network of queues with multiple products is, in general, prohibited because of the non-renewal structure of the arrival and departure processes. Two-moment approximations (decomposition methods, Whitt [9] ) have been successfully used to study these systems. The performance of these methods, however, strongly depends on the quality of the approximations used to compute the squared coefficient variation (CV) of the different streams of products.

In this paper, an approximation method for computing the squared coefficient of variation of the departure stream from a multi-class queueing system is presented. In particular, we generalize the results of Bitran and Tirupati [3] and Whitt [11] related to the interference effect.

multi-class queueing networks parametric-decomposition approximations departure processes 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • René Caldentey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Chile, and Sloan School of Management, MITCambridgeUSA

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