Monotone Optimal Policies for a Transient Queueing Staffing Problem
Fu, Michael C.
Marcus, Steven I.
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We consider the problem of determining the optimal policy for staffing a queueing system over multiple periods, using a model that takes into account transient queueing effects. Formulating the problem in a dynamic programming setting, we show that the optimal policy follows a monotone optimal control by establishing the submodularity of the objective function with respect to the staffing level and initial queue size in a period. In particular, this requires proving that the system occupancy in a G/M/s queue is submodular in the number of servers and initial system occupancy.