A dominant class of schedules for malleable jobs in the problem to minimize the total weighted completion time

Ruslan Sadykov
2012 Computers & Operations Research  
This paper is about scheduling parallel jobs, i.e. which can be executed on more than one machine at the same time. Malleable jobs is a special class of parallel jobs. The number of machines a malleable job is executed on may change during its execution. In this work, we consider the NP-hard problem of scheduling malleable jobs to minimize the total weighted completion time (or mean weighted flow time). For this problem, we introduce the class of "ascending" schedules in which, for each job,
more » ... number of machines assigned to it cannot decrease over time while this job is being processed. We prove that, under a natural assumption on the processing time functions of jobs, the set of ascending schedules is dominant for the problem. This result can be used to reduce the search space while looking for an optimal solution.
doi:10.1016/j.cor.2011.02.023 fatcat:gxnyvkvoifawbcnih3bvjruvra