A decomposition approach for stochastic reward net models

TitleA decomposition approach for stochastic reward net models
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsG Ciardo, and KS Trivedi
JournalPerformance Evaluation
Start Page37
Pagination37 - 59
Date Published01/1993

We present a decomposition approach for the solution of large stochastic reward nets (SRNs) based on the concept of near-independence. The overall model consists of a set of submodels whose interactions are described by an import graph. Each node of the graph corresponds to a parametric SRN submodel and an arc from submodel A to submodel B corresponds to a parameter value that B must receive from A. The quantities exchanged between submodels are based on only three primitives. The import graph normally contains cycles, so the solution method is based on fixed point iteration. Any SRN containing one or more of the nearly-independent structures we present, commonly encountered in practice, can be analyzed using our approach. No other restriction on the SRN is required. We apply our technique to the analysis of a flexible manufacturing system. © 1993.

Short TitlePerformance Evaluation