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Optimal Online Algorithms for Minimax Resource SchedulingImen BOURGUIBACAS 744McMaster University

Outline

- Introduction
- Objectives
- The ORMP problem
- The HLBP problem
- Comparison
- Problem definition
- Analysis
- Randomized algorithms
- Conclusion

Introduction

- The objective is to minimize the maximum level of resource allocated at any time during the planning period, this problem is called Online Resource Minimization Problem (ORMP)
- The objective is to minimize the maximum amount of work assigned to any machine, the problem is called the Hierarchical Line Balancing Problem (HLBP)

Introduction

- Both ORMP and HLBP are special cases of a more general problem, the Online Min-Max Problem (OMMP)
- The quality of the algorithm is evaluated by the competitive ratio

Objectives

- A simple parameterized deterministic algorithm, called the -policy, with parameter and competitive ratio , provided it produces a feasible solution
- The -policy is also optimal among all randomized algorithms

The ORMP problem

- Work with different deadlines arrives over time and has to be performed using a resource. The quantities of work that arrive as well as their deadlines become known only at the times of arrival. At a given set of time points, the decision maker decides how much resource to allocate and what part of the available work to perform at that time

The HLBP problem

- Work with different requirements arrives over time and has to be assigned to a collection of machines with different capabilities. The machines form a linear hierarchy based on their capabilities
- The amount of work that arrives as well as the required machine capabilities become known only at the time of arrival

Comparison

- ORMP appears to be a new problem, and there is no existing literature discussing it
- For HLBP, the optimal competitive ratio tends to e when the number of machines goes to infinity. When the machines have same capability, the competitive ratio is 2/1-m for the m identical parallel machines [Graham]

Problem definition

- An instance of the OMMP is a finite sequence
(a(1), ….a(T)) of length T

- The set of all instances with parameter is denoted by For example, the set of all instances of length T is denoted by T
- let t = (a(1), ….a(T)) denote the first t elements of instance ; that is, t denotes the history of instance up to time t<=T
- For any instance of length T, a solution r is a sequence (r(1), …...r(T)) R+Tof T nonnegative real numbers

Problem definition

- ()(t): the decision at time t for instance under
- r(t) denotes the decision ()(t) when is fixed
- For any instance T and any deterministic algorithm the value () = max {r(1), r(2), …, r(t)}
and the optimal value is *() = inf r ( {max {r(1), r(2), …, r(t)}}

The -policy is an online policy with parameter >= 1, defined by: ri () = *(i) for all i

is the worst-case competitive ratio of policy over all instances with time

= Sup {()/ *()}

An instance of the OMMP is a finite sequence

(a(1), ….a(T)) of length T

- The set of all instances with parameter is denoted by For example, the set of all instances of length T is denoted by T
- let t = (a(1), ….a(T)) denote the first t elements of instance ; that is, t denotes the history of instance up to time t
- For any instance of length T, a solution r is a sequence (r(1), …...r(T)) R+Tof T nonnegative real numbers

Analysis

- A simple parameterized algorithm, called the -policy, with parameter and competitive ratio , provided that it is feasible
- To be feasible a solution must satisfy 3 constraints:
1) the total amount of work performed at time i cannot exceed the amount of work accomplished with ri resources

2) all work must be performed with the respective deadlines

3) the work cannot be performed before it has arrived

Theorem

- For any algorithm DO if < then the -policy with parameter = achieves the same competitive ratio, =
Proof:

Theorem (cont)

- ()(t): the decision at time t for instance under
- r(t) denotes the decision ()(t) when is fixed
- For any instance T and any deterministic algorithm the value () = max {r(1), r(2), …, r(t)}
and the optimal value is *() = inf r ( max {r(1), r(2), …, r(t)}}

The -policy is an online policy with parameter >= 1, defined by: ri () = *(i) for all i

Randomized algorithms

- For some problems, randomized algorithms can have better competitive ratios than deterministic algorithms (Motwani and Raghavan and Hoogeveen and Vestjens)
- A randomized algorithm can have better competitive ratios for the OMMP than any deterministic algorithm.

Conclusion

- The -policy theory developed in this paper is a powerful tool for finding worst-case optimal algorithms for online min-max problems
- With an appropriate choice of parameters , the -policy has as good a competitive ratio as any other deterministic algorithm
- Under mild conditions an optimal parameter value exists, so the -policy is

References

- B. Hunsaker y, A. J. Kleywegt, M. W. P. Savelsbergh, andC. A. Tovey, Optimal Online Algorithms for Minimax Resource Scheduling , SIAM J. Discrete Math. Vol. 16, No. 4, 2003, pp. 555-590
- A. J. Kleywegt, V. S. Nori, M. W. P. Savelsbergh, and C. A. Tovey, Online resource minimization, in Proceedings of the Tenth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, Baltimore, MD, January 1999, SIAM, Philadelphia, 1999, pp. 576-585.

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