Fundamentals of Queueing Theory, 5th Edition
The definitive guide to queuing theory and it practical applicationsfeatures numerous real-world examples of scientific, engineering, and business applications
Thoroughly updated and expanded to reflect the latest developments in the field, Fundamentals of Queueing Theory, Fifth Edition presents the statistical principles and processes involved in the analysis of the probabilistic nature of queues. Rather than focus narrowly on one or another application area, the authors illustrate the theory in practice across a range of fields, from computer science and various engineering disciplines to business and operations research. Critically, the text also provides a numerical approach to understanding and making estimations with queuing theory and provides comprehensive coverage of both simple and advanced queueing models.
As with all preceding editions, this latest update of the classic text features a unique blend of the theoretical and timely real-world applications. The introductory section has been reorganized with expanded coverage of qualitative/non-mathematical approaches to queueing theory, including a high-level description of queues in everyday life. New sections on non-stationary fluid queues, fairness in queueing, and Little’s Law have been added, as has expanded coverage of stochastic processes, including the Poisson process and Markov chains.
- Each chapter provides a self-contained presentation of key concepts and formulas, to allow readers to focus independently on topics relevant to their interests
- A summary table at the end of the book outlines the queues that have been discussed and the types of results that have been obtained for each queue
- Examples from a range of disciplines highlight practical issues often encountered when applying the theory to real-world problems
- A companion website features QtsPlus, an Excel-based software platform that provides computer-based solutions for most queueing models presented in the book.
John F. Shortle, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research at George Mason University.
James M. Thompson is an Enterprise Architect at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation.
Donald Gross, PhD, was Distinguished Research Professor of Operations Research and Engineering at George Mason University.
The Late Carl M. Harris, PhD, was BDM International Professor and the founding chair of the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department at George Mason University.