IMPACT2021 | MythBusters vs. Queuing Theory – Reality Trumps Theory - Richard Gimarc - Computer Measurement Group

IMPACT2021 | MythBusters vs. Queuing Theory – Reality Trumps Theory – Richard Gimarc

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IMPACT2021 | MythBusters vs. Queuing Theory – Reality Trumps Theory – Richard Gimarc

This presentation will examine one of the myths busted by MythBusters®. The myth had to do with the most efficient way to queue customers checking out of a grocery store; a single line for all customers or one line per checker. Queuing theory tells us that a single line provides the best response time. However, the “load test” performed by MythBusters showed that the single line queuing strategy was fastest. We will start by examining the details of the MythBusters load test. Next, modeling will be used to represent their “application” to understand the performance implications and sensitivity of the two competing architectures. The presentation will conclude with a set of lessons learned for applying performance modeling to real-world applications.

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Richard Gimarc
Consultant
RG
Austin, Texas United States

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