Concurrently Decomposable Constraint Systems

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Concurrently Decomposable Constraint Systems
In constraint satisfaction, decomposition is a common technique to split a problem in a number of parts in such a way that the global solution can be efficiently assembled from the solutions of the parts. In this paper, we study the decomposition problem from an autonomous agent perspective. Here, a constraint problem has to be solved by different agents each controlling a disjoint set of variables. Such a problem is called concurrently decomposable if each agent is (i) capable to solve its own part of the problem independently of the others, and (ii) the individual solutions always can be merged to a complete solution of the total problem. First of all, we investigate how difficult it is to decide whether or not a given constraint system and agent partitioning allows for such a concurrent decomposition. Secondly, we investigate how difficult it is to find suitable reformulations of the original constraint problem that allow for concurrent decomposition.
Cees Witteveen, Wiebe van der Hoek, Nico Roos
Added 27 May 2010
Updated 27 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Authors Cees Witteveen, Wiebe van der Hoek, Nico Roos
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