V-shaped policies for scheduling deteriorating jobs

Gur Mosheiov*

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A set of N jobs has to be processed on a single machine. Jobs have the same basic processing time, but the actual processing time of each job grows linearly with its starting time. A (possibly) different rate of growth is associated with each job. We show that the optimal sequence to minimize flow time is V-shaped. Jobs are arranged in descending order of growth rate if they are placed before the minimal growth rate job, and in ascending order if placed after it. Efficient (O(N log N) asymptotically optimal heuristics are developed. Their average performance is shown to be extremely good. The average relative error over a set of 20-job problems is on the order of 10-5.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)979-991
Number of pages13
JournalOperations Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991


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