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Final Project: Collaboration in Jackson networks

Collaboration in Jackson networks

Many practical situations, e.g. communication networks, traffic situations and inventory situations, can be modeled as networks of queues. Such networks are evaluated with performance measures, for example with the expected number of customers in the system. Recent research shows that this measure improves if the independent operators of individual queues in Jackson networks cooperate.

Besides the expected number of customers in the system, there are other performance measures like the utilization, the expected time to go through the system, and so on. This raises new research questions. What happens with these measures if the operators cooperate? If a measure is improved, what is a good way to share the benefits among the operators? What effects do different measures have on cooperation?

For more information about this final project, please contact Judith Timmer.