September 07, 2018

Of Kernels and Queues: when network calculus meets analytic combinatorics

  • Bouillard A.
  • Comte C.
  • De Panafieu E.
  • Mathieu F.

Stochastic network calculus is a tool for computing error bounds on the performance of queueing systems. However, deriving accurate bounds for networks consisting of several queues or subject to non-independent traffic inputs is challenging. In this paper, we investigate the relevance of the tools from analytic combinatorics, especially the kernel method, to tackle this problem. Applying the kernel method allows us to compute the generating functions of the queue state distributions in the stationary regime of the network. As a consequence, error bounds with an arbitrary precision can be computed. In this preliminary work, we focus on simple examples which are representative of the difficulties that the kernel method allows us to overcome.

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