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Monotonicity and error bounds for networks of Erlang loss queues

Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente
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  • Communication
  • Computer Science


Networks of Erlang loss queues naturally arise when modelling finite communication systems without delays, among which, most notably (i) classical circuit switch telephone networks (loss networks) and (ii) present-day wireless mobile networks. Performance measures of interest such as loss probabilities or throughputs can be obtained from the steady state distribution. However, while this steady state distribution has a closed product form expression in the first case (loss networks), it has not in the second case due to blocked (and lost) handovers. Product form approximations are therefore suggested. These approximations are obtained by a combined modification of both the state space (by a hyper cubic expansion) and the transition rates (by extra redial rates). It will be shown that these product form approximations lead to - secure upper bounds for loss probabilities and - analytic error bounds for the accuracy of the approximation for various performance measures. The proofs of these results rely upon both monotonicity results and an analytic error bound method as based on Markov reward theory. This combination and its technicalities are of interest by themselves. The technical conditions are worked out and verified for two specific applications: - pure loss networks as under (i) - GSM-networks with fixed channel allocation as under (ii). The results are of practical interest for computational simplifications and, particularly, to guarantee blocking probabilities not to exceed a given threshold such as for network dimensioning.

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