- Simulation and OR (operations research) in combination for practical optimization
- 37th conference on Winter simulation: WSC 2005
- Book/source title
- Proceedings of 2005 Winter Simulation Conference: Hilton at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., Dec 4-7, 2005
- Pages (from-to)
- New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery
- Volume (Publisher)
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
Should we pool capacities or not? This is a question that one can regularly be confronted with in operations and service management. It is a question that necessarily requires a combination of queueing (as OR discipline) and simulation (as evaluative tool) and further steps for optimization. It will be illustrated that a combined approach (SimOR) of Simulation (techniques and tools) and classical Operations Research (queueing, linear programming and scheduling) can be most beneficial.
First, an instructive example of parallel queues will be provided which shows the necessary and fruitful combination of queueing and simulation. Next, the combined approach will also be illustrated for the optimization of: call centers, checking-in at airports, blood platelet production, and train scheduling for railways. Whether we should pool or not is thus just one simple question for which this SimOR approach can be most fruitful if not necessary for practical optimization.
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