Better bounds for online load balancing on unrelated machines

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Better bounds for online load balancing on unrelated machines
We study the problem of scheduling permanent jobs on unrelated machines when the objective is to minimize the Lp norm of the machine loads. The problem is known as load balancing under the Lp norm. We present an improved upper bound for the greedy algorithm through simple analysis; this bound is also shown to be best possible within the class of deterministic online algorithms for the problem. We also address the question whether randomization helps online load balancing under Lp norms on unrelated machines; this is a challenging question which is open for more than a decade even for the L2 norm. We provide a positive answer to this question by presenting the first randomized online algorithms which outperform deterministic ones under any (integral) Lp norm for p = 2, ..., 137. Our algorithms essentially compute in an online manner a fractional solution to the problem and use the fractional values to make random choices. The local optimization criterion used at each step is novel and ...
Ioannis Caragiannis
Added 30 Oct 2010
Updated 30 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where SODA
Authors Ioannis Caragiannis
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