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This is the first book completely devoted to controlled queueing systems. The book gathers the newest results of the theory of Markov decision processes related to queueing models and demonstrates their applications to main types of control in queueing systems, including control of arrivals, control of service mechanism, and control of service discipline. Emphasis is placed on conditions providing further "good" structural properties of Markov optimal strategies such as monotonicity, threshold or hysteretic character, and priority. Each chapter is followed by exercises, most of which allow the reader to complete technical fragments of proofs. The text assumes the reader is familiar with standard courses of analysis, probability theory, and queueing theory.
Table of Contents
Semi-Regenerative Decision Models Description of Basic Decision Model Rigorous Definitions and Assumptions Examples of Controlled Queues Optimization Problems Renewal Kernels of the Decision Model Special Classes of Strategies Sufficiency of Markov Strategies Dynamic Programming Discounting in Continuous Time Dynamic Programming Equation Bellman Functions Finite-Horizon Problem Infinite-Horizon Discounted-Cost Problem Random-Horizon Problem Average Cost Criterion Preliminaries: Weak Topology, Limit Passages Preliminaries: Taboo Probabilities, Limit Theorems for Markov Renewal Processes Notation, Recurrence-Communication Assumptions, Examples Existence of Optimal Policies Existence of Optimal Strategies: General Criterion Existence of Optimal Strategies: Sufficient Conditions Optimality Equation Constrained Average-Cost Problem Average-Cost Optimality as Limiting Case of Discounted-Cost Optimality Continuously Controlled Markov Jump Processes Facts About Measurability of Stochastic Processes Marked Point Processes and Random Measures The Predictable s-Algebra Dual Predictable Projections of Random Measures Definition of Controlled Markov Jump Process An M/M/1 Queue With Controllable Input and Service Rate Dynamic Programming Optimization Problems Structured Optimization Problems for Decision Processes Convex Regularization Submodular and Supermodular Functions Existence of Monotone Solutions for Optimization Problems Processes with Bounded Drift Birth and Death Processes Control of Arrivals The Model Description Finite-Horizon Discounted-Cost Problem Cost Functionals Infinite-Horizon Case with and without Discounting Optimal Dynamic Pricing Policy: Model; Results Control of Service Mechanism Description of the System Static Optimization Problem Optimal Policies for the Queueing Process Service System with Two Interacting Servers Analysis of Optimality Equation Optimal Control in Models with Several Classes of Customers Description of Models and Processes Associated Controlled Processes Existence of Optimal Simple Strategies for the Systems with Alternating Priority Existence of Optimal Simple Strategy for the System with Feedback Equations for Stationary Distributions Stationary Characteristics of the Systems with Alternating Priority Stationary Characteristics of the System with Feedback Models with Alternating Priority: Linear Programming Problem Linear Programming Problem in the Model with Feedback Model with Periods of Idleness and Discounted-Cost Criterion Basic Formulas Construction of Optimal Modified Priority Discipline Bibliography Index Each chapter also includes an Introduction, and a Remarks and Exercises section
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