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Simulation-based computation of the workload correlation function in a Lévy-driven queue. (English) Zbl 1213.60147
Summary: We consider a single-server queue with Lévy input, and, in particular, its workload process \((Q_t)_{t\geq 0}\), focusing on its correlation structure. With the correlation function defined as \(r(t):= \mathrm{cov}(Q_{0}, Q_t) / \mathrm{var} \, Q_{0}\) (assuming that the workload process is stationary at time 0), we first study its transform \(\int _{0}^{\infty }r(t)\mathrm{e}^{-\vartheta t}\,dt\), both for when the Lévy process has positive jumps and when it has negative jumps. These expressions allow us to prove that \(r(\cdot)\) is positive, decreasing, and convex, relying on the machinery of completely monotone functions. For the light-tailed case, we estimate the behavior of \(r(t)\) for large \(t\). We then focus on techniques to estimate \(r(t)\) by simulation. Naive simulation techniques require roughly \((r(t))^{-2}\) runs to obtain an estimate of a given precision, but we develop a coupling technique that leads to substantial variance reduction (the required number of runs being roughly \((r(t))^{-1})\). If this is augmented with importance sampling, it even leads to a logarithmically efficient algorithm.

MSC:
60K25 Queueing theory (aspects of probability theory)
60G51 Processes with independent increments; Lévy processes
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