Who Serves Whom?

Dynamic Resource Matching In An Activity-Scanning Simulation System


This paper presents an activity-scanning simulation model for the familiar barbershop problem where customers have favorites, barbers may not show up for work, and customers may get impatient and leave. This example illustrates the mechanisms for matching customers to barbers or barbers to customers and argues that either approach may be implemented in an activity scanning system without altering the basic model structure. The solution to this problem is described in detail using a simulation model written in STROBOSCOPE.


Ioannou, P.G., Martinez, J.C., "Who Serves Whom?- Dynamic Resource Matching In An Activity-Scanning Simulation System," Proceedings, Winter Simulation Conference 99, 963-970, Phoenix, Arizona, December 5-8, 1999


Photios G. Ioannou

Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125, U.S.A.

e-mail: photios@umich.edu

Julio C. Martinez

Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil Engineering

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0105, U.S.A.

e-mail: julio@vt.edu


STROBOSCOPE, construction, simulation, modeling , animation, barbershop, barber, customer, service, resource, matching, activity scanning, process interaction.