Queueing Costs Nothing

My boss asked me if there was any training I needed. This is a good sign. Unless of course he is looking for something to pad out my severance package such as a course in bricklaying or preparation for the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer exams. But, hey, the world will always need bricklayers, right? Anyway I replied drily that I get most of my training from Amazon these days. Which is true but the costs are beginning to match those of training courses. Supply and demand dictates that if you want obscure books on systems modelling you must pay the price? Not necessarily so. Here are some expensive titles, for free.

If you are new to the area, I would say that googling for "Markov Chains" is probably not the best way to start, particularly, if like me, you took a fairly relaxed attitude to your mathematics education. Instead go and read Neil Gunther's quite approachable series of articles at the Teamquest site.

Quantitative System Performance Computer System Analysis Using Queueing Network Models dates back to 1984. No doubt if it was still in print it would cost the far side of sixty bucks. Its still very relevant, cited frequently, and is yours for the patience to download and unzip it. A gentle introduction to the joys of mean value analysis: I commend it to you.

If on the other hand you are slightly better mathematically equipped you might want to jump straight in and get Introduction to Queueing Theory (pdf) by Bob Cooper. This and the sundry others are there for the taking at Myron Hlynka's listings.

By now you may well want to play: WinPEPSY (for Windows-enabled readers) is an implentation of PEPSY-QNS it's a very useful tool for graphically constructing and visualising the parameters for systems of network queues. Here is a screenshot to whet your appetite.

Enjoy.

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