On robust online scheduling algorithms

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On robust online scheduling algorithms
While standard parallel machine scheduling is concerned with good assignments of jobs to machines, we aim to understand how the quality of an assignment is affected if the jobs’ processing times are perturbed and therefore turn out to be longer (or shorter) than declared. We focus on online scheduling with perturbations occurring at any time, such as in railway systems when trains are late. For a variety of conditions on the severity of perturbations, we present bounds on the worst case ratio of two makespans. For the first makespan, we let the online algorithm assign jobs to machines, based on the non-perturbed processing times. We compute the makespan by replacing each job’s processing time with its perturbed version while still sticking to the computed assignment. The second is an optimal offline solution for the perturbed processing times. The deviation of this ratio from the competitive ratio of the online algorithm tells us about the “price of perturbations”. We analyz...
Michael Gatto, Peter Widmayer
Added 15 May 2011
Updated 15 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Authors Michael Gatto, Peter Widmayer
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