TWO WORKLOAD PROPERTIES FOR BROWNIAN NETWORKS
M. Bramson and R. J. Williams
As one approach to dynamic scheduling problems for open stochastic
processing networks, J. M. Harrison has proposed the use of formal
heavy traffic approximations known as Brownian networks.
A key step in this approach is a reduction
in dimension of a Brownian network, due to
Harrison and Van Mieghem, in which the "queue length" process
is replaced by a "workload" process.
In this paper,
we establish two properties of these workload processes.
Firstly, we derive a formula for
the dimension of such
For a given Brownian network, this dimension
However, there are infinitely many
possible choices for
the workload process.
has proposed a "canonical" choice, which
reduces the possibilities to a finite number.
Our second result provides sufficient conditions for this
canonical choice to be valid and for it to yield a non-negative workload process.
The assumptions and proofs for our
results involve only first-order model parameters.
In Queueing Systems, 45 (2003), 191-221. The original publication is available by clicking here.
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Last updated August 4, 2006.