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Author Mastrolilli, Monaldo ♦ Svensson, Ola
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2011
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Job shop scheduling ♦ Hardness of approximation ♦ Machine scheduling
Abstract We consider several variants of the job shop problem that is a fundamental and classical problem in scheduling. The currently best approximation algorithms have worse than logarithmic performance guarantee, but the only previously known inapproximability result says that it is NP-hard to approximate job shops within a factor less than 5/4. Closing this big approximability gap is a well-known and long-standing open problem. This article closes many gaps in our understanding of the hardness of this problem and answers several open questions in the literature. It is shown the first nonconstant inapproximability result that almost matches the best-known approximation algorithm for acyclic job shops. The same bounds hold for the general version of flow shops, where jobs are not required to be processed on each machine. Similar inapproximability results are obtained when the objective is to minimize the sum of completion times. It is also shown that the problem with two machines and the preemptive variant with three machines have no PTAS.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2011-10-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 58
Issue Number 5
Page Count 32
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 32


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Source: ACM Digital Library