Interesting title, huh?
I am having trouble solving this problem. Assume X and Y are independent exponential random variables with means 1/x and 1/y, respectively. If Z=min(X,Y): Is Z exponentially distributed as well (if so, how do you know)? What is the expectation of Z? What is the probability that x < y?
Lastly, with the information from above, show how a M/M/1 queue could be represented as a Markov chain that is continuous-time with transition rates Qn,n+1=L and Qn,n-1=U, n=0,1,2,... M/M/1 queue=Arrival is Poisson/Service is Exponential/1 server (with an infinite buffer size).