Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Kendall's notation

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_496

A shorthand notation of the form A/S/c/K/Q used to describe queueing systems. The A refers to an acronym for the interarrival-time distribution, S the service-time distribution, c the number of parallel servers, K the maximum allowable system size, and Q the queue discipline. Common designations for A and S include: M for Markovian or exponential; Ek for Erlang(k); D for deteriminstic or constant; G for general; etc.  Queueing theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA