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Approximation schemes for covering and scheduling on related machines
 

Summary: Approximation schemes for covering and
scheduling on related machines
Yossi Azar 1 ,Leah Epstein 2
1 Dept. of Computer Science, Tel­Aviv University. ???
2 Dept. of Computer Science, Tel­Aviv University. y
Abstract. We consider the problem of assigning a set of jobs to m par­
allel related machines so as to maximize the minimum load over the
machines. This situation corresponds to a case that a system which con­
sists of the m machines is alive (i.e. productive) only when all machines
are alive, and the system should be maintained alive as long as possible.
The above problem is called related machines covering problem and is dif­
ferent from the related machines scheduling problem in which the goal is
to minimize the maximum load. Our main result is a polynomial approx­
imation scheme for this covering problem. To the best of our knowledge
the previous best approximation algorithm has a performance ratio of 2.
Also, an approximation scheme for the special case of identical machines
was given by [14].
Some of our techniques are built on ideas of Hochbaum and Shmoys
[12]. They provided an approximation scheme for the well known related
machines scheduling. In fact, our algorithm can be adapted to provide

  

Source: Azar, Yossi - School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University
Epstein, Leah - Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences; Mathematics