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Title: Second-order conditions on the overflow traffic function from the Erlang-B system: A unified analysis
Author: Cardoso, D.M.
Craveirinha, J.
Esteves, J.S.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: This paper presents a unified treatment of the mathematical properties of the second-order derivatives of the overflow traffic function from an Erlang loss system, assuming the number of circuits to be a nonnegative real number. It is shown that the overflow traffic function Â(a, x) is strictly convex with respect to x (number of circuits) for x ≥ 0, taking the offered traffic, a, as a positive real parameter. It is also shown that Â(a, x) is a strictly convex function with respect to a, for all (a, x) ∈ ℝ+ × ℝ+. Following a similar process, it is shown that Â(a, x) is a strict submodular function in this domain and that the improvement function introduced by K. O. Moe [11] is strictly increasing in a. Finally, based on some particular cases and numerous numerical results, there is a conjecture that the function Â(a, x) is strictly jointly convex in areas of low blocking where the standard offered traffic is less than -1. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1072-3374
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