Flexibility in an asymmetric system with prolonged service time at non-dedicated servers

07/03/2020 ∙ by Yanting Chen, et al. ∙ 0

The prolonged service time at non-dedicated servers has been observed in [1]. Motivated by such real problems, we propose a stylized model which characterizes the feature of the prolonged service time at non-dedicated servers in an asymmetric system. We study the independent system, the full flexibility system and the partial flexibility system when the occupation rate of the system, the degree of the prolonged service time and the degree of the asymmetry are allowed to change. We show that under certain circumstances, the partial flexibility scheme outperforms the full flexibility system and the independent system in such a model. Our results also provide instructions on how to introduce flexibility when the service time at non-dedicated servers is prolonged in an asymmetric system.

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