# Duke Probability Seminar

### A seminar for the probability community at Duke, both in and outside of the Mathematics Department.

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**Upcoming Seminars:**
- Thursday, November 23, 2017, 3:15pm, 119 Physics, Probability Seminar

*Thanksgiving*

no seminar
- Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:15pm, UNC Hanes Hall 125, Probability Seminar

*Mean-Field Methods in Large Stochastic Networks*

Eric Friedlander
- Analysis of large-scale communication networks (e.g. ad hoc wireless networks, cloud computing systems, server networks etc.) is of great practical interest. The massive size of such networks frequently makes direct analysis intractable. Asymptotic approximations using hydrodynamic and diffusion scaling limits provide useful methods for approaching such problems. In this talk, we study two examples of such an analysis. In the first, we present an asymptotic method of solving control problems in such networks. In the second, the technique is applied to a model for load balancing in a large, cloud-based, storage system. This is joint work with Amarjit Budhiraja.

- Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:15pm, UNC Hanes 125, Probability Seminar

*TBA*

Jim Nolen

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