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Energy plays a fundamental role in both manufacturing and services, and natural gas is rapidly becoming a key energy source worldwide. Facilitating this emergence is an expanding network of ocean-going vessels that enable the matching of natural gas supply and demand on a global scale. This is achieved through the transportation of liquefied natural gas(More)
Fork/join stations are used for modeling synchronization between entities, and fork/join queueing networks are natural models for a variety of communication and manufacturing systems: Parallel computer networks, fabrication/assembly systems, supply chains and material control strategies for manufacturing systems. Exact solutions of general fork/join(More)
Developing a cost-effective annual delivery program (ADP) is a challenging task for liquefied natural gas (LNG) suppliers, especially for LNG supply chains with large number of vessels and customers. Given significant operational costs in LNG delivery operations, cost-effective ADPs can yield substantial savings, adding up to millions. Providing an(More)
Queueing networks featuring fork/join stations are natural models for a variety of computer and manufacturing systems, including parallel computer networks, fabrica-tion/assembly systems, supply chains and material control strategies. Unfortunately, an exact solution for a Markovian fork/join network can only be obtained by analyzing the underlying Markov(More)
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