TY - JOUR
T1 - Spectral properties of the tandem Jackson network, seen as a quasi-birth-and-death process
AU - Kroese, D.P.
AU - Scheinhardt, W.R.W.
AU - Taylor, P.G.
PY - 2004
Y1 - 2004
N2 - Quasi-birth-and-death (QBD) processes with infinite “phase spaces" can exhibit unusual and interesting behavior. One of the simplest examples of such a process is the two-node tandem Jackson network, with the “phase" giving the state of the first queue and the “level" giving the state of the second queue. In this paper, we undertake an extensive analysis of the properties of this QBD. In particular, we investigate the spectral properties of Neuts’s R-matrix and show that the decay rate of the stationary distribution of the “level" process is not always equal to the convergence norm of R. In fact, we show that we can obtain any decay rate from a certain range by controlling only the transition structure at level zero, which is independent of R. We also consider the sequence of tandem queues that is constructed by restricting the waiting room of the first queue to some finite capacity, and then allowing this capacity to increase to infinity. We show that the decay rates for the finite truncations converge to a value, which is not necessarily the decay rate in the infinite waiting room case. Finally, we show that the probability that the process hits level n before level 0 given that it starts in level 1 decays at a rate which is not necessarily the same as the decay rate for the stationary distribution.
AB - Quasi-birth-and-death (QBD) processes with infinite “phase spaces" can exhibit unusual and interesting behavior. One of the simplest examples of such a process is the two-node tandem Jackson network, with the “phase" giving the state of the first queue and the “level" giving the state of the second queue. In this paper, we undertake an extensive analysis of the properties of this QBD. In particular, we investigate the spectral properties of Neuts’s R-matrix and show that the decay rate of the stationary distribution of the “level" process is not always equal to the convergence norm of R. In fact, we show that we can obtain any decay rate from a certain range by controlling only the transition structure at level zero, which is independent of R. We also consider the sequence of tandem queues that is constructed by restricting the waiting room of the first queue to some finite capacity, and then allowing this capacity to increase to infinity. We show that the decay rates for the finite truncations converge to a value, which is not necessarily the decay rate in the infinite waiting room case. Finally, we show that the probability that the process hits level n before level 0 given that it starts in level 1 decays at a rate which is not necessarily the same as the decay rate for the stationary distribution.
KW - MSC-60J27
KW - Stationary distribution
KW - Hitting probabilities
KW - Tandem Jackson network
KW - QBD process
KW - Decay rate
U2 - 10.1214/105051604000000477
DO - 10.1214/105051604000000477
M3 - Article
SN - 1050-5164
VL - 14
SP - 2057
EP - 2089
JO - Annals of applied probability
JF - Annals of applied probability
IS - 4
ER -