15.072J / 6.264J Queues: Theory and Applications

Spring 2006

Markov model of a 4-way redundant system.
Diagram showing a reliability model for a 4-way redundant system. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features downloadable problem sets in the assignments section.

Course Description

This class deals with the modeling and analysis of queueing systems, with applications in communications, manufacturing, computers, call centers, service industries and transportation. Topics include birth-death processes and simple Markovian queues, networks of queues and product form networks, single and multi-server queues, multi-class queueing networks, fluid models, adversarial queueing networks, heavy-traffic theory and diffusion approximations. The course will cover state of the art results which lead to research opportunities.
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Prof. David Gamarnik
Premal Shah

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / 2 weeks
1 hour / session