Prem S. Puri Memorial Lecture

Quasi-Birth-and-Death Processes and Queueing Models

Marcel Neuts
Professor Emeritus
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona

Start Date and Time: Thu, 4 Dec 1997, 4:30 PM

End Date and Time: Thu, 4 Dec 1997, 6:00 PM

Venue: MATH 175


Quasi-birth-and-death processes (QBDs) are generalizations of simple random walks to a state space with a semi-infinite lattice structure. They arise naturally in various queueing models and have a rich mathematical theory, which will be reviewed. The speaker will describe recent results and several open problems and suggest QBDs whose numerical exploration will provide important new insights into various questions of applied interest.

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