 
Summary: Introduction to Queuing Networks; E. Gelenbe,
G. Pujolle; Wiley, New York, 1998. ISBN 0471962
945; 240 pp., £34.95
It is not an easy task to write a book on queuing networks
when a large number of books in the topic have already been
published. The authors have written a very timely book on
queuing networks which can be used by people working in
the area of communication networks.
The basics of stochastic process have been discussed in
Chapter 1 with queuing networks being introduced in Chap
ter 2 where the authors discuss Jackson's network. The
example showing the analysis of a virtual memory in a
computer system is useful in understanding the material in
this chapter. The traditional queuing theory is introduced in
Chapter 3 where statedependent queues, queues with multi
ple servers, queues with batch arrivals, and priority queues
are discussed. The material on priority queues could be
helpful for those dealing with communication networks
where packets can have different priorities.
Several techniques to solve queuing networks are given in
