A group of 10 students share 2 computers. For each student
the following is true: events that require a computer occur
at the rate of 0.5/hour, the average time per computer use is
20 minutes. Both service and arrival processes are Poisson.
When a student tries to use a computer and finds them both busy,
the student wastes his or her time watching television.
Answer numerical questions with the Stochastic Analysis Addin.
a. Construct the CTMC Matrix that describes this situation.
b. At steadystate what proportion of the total computer time
are the computers idle?
c. At steadystate what proportion of the time are students
wasting time watching the TV?
d. Change the situation so that a computer is allowed to fail.
The average inuse time for a computer to fail is 30
hours. The inuse time only includes time when the computer
is actually in use, not when it is idle. The time between failures
for an individual computer has an exponential distribution.
Say failed computers are not repaired. Model this situation
as a CTMC. How long should the students expect to have any service
from their computers (at least one operating)?
e. Use the assumptions of part d, but add the possibility of
repair. Whenever a computer fails, it is immediately taken to
a repair shop. The time for repair has an exponential distribution
with a mean of 10 hours. Model this situation as a CTMC. Use
steadstate results to determine the proportion of the time
that one computer is available and the proportion of the time
that two computers are available.
