|Author||Sevcik, Kenneth C.|
|Source||ACM Digital Library|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)|
|Subject Domain (in DDC)||Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science|
|Abstract||An analytic model of a single processor scheduling problem is investigated. The scheduling objective is to minimize the total loss incurred by a finite number of initially available requests when each request has an associated linear loss function. The assumptions of the model are that preemption is allowed with negligible loss of processor time, and that the distribution of actual service times is known for each class of requests. A request is associated with a class by any of its characteristics except its actual service time. A contrived example demonstrates that one reasonable scheduling rule does not always minimize expected total loss. The major results of the paper are the definition of a new scheduling rule based on the known service time distributions, and the proof that expected total loss is always minimized by using this new rule. Brief consideration is given to generalizations of the model in which new requests arrive randomly, and preemption requires a non-negligible amount of processor time.|
|Age Range||18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year|
|Education Level||UG and PG|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
|Publisher Place||New York|
|Journal||Journal of the ACM (JACM)|
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