On the hardness of approximating the UET-UCT scheduling problem with hierarchical communications
RAIRO - Operations Research - Recherche Opérationnelle, Volume 36 (2002) no. 1, pp. 21-36.

We consider the unit execution time unit communication time (UET-UCT) scheduling model with hierarchical communications [1], and we study the impact of the hierarchical communications hypothesis on the hardness of approximation. We prove that there is no polynomial time approximation algorithm with performance guarantee smaller than 5/4 (unless 𝒫=𝒩𝒫). This result is an extension of the result of Hoogeveen et al. [6] who proved that there is no polynomial time ρ-approximation algorithm with ρ<7/6 for the classical UET-UCT scheduling problem with homogeneous communication delays and an unrestricted number of identical machines.

DOI: 10.1051/ro:2002003
Classification: 90B35
Keywords: scheduling, hierarchical communications, non-approximability
Bampis, Evripidis ; Giroudeau, R. ; König, J.-C. 1

1 LIRMM, Université de Montpellier II, UMR 5506 du CNRS, 161 rue Ada, 34392 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
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Bampis, Evripidis; Giroudeau, R.; König, J.-C. On the hardness of approximating the UET-UCT scheduling problem with hierarchical communications. RAIRO - Operations Research - Recherche Opérationnelle, Volume 36 (2002) no. 1, pp. 21-36. doi : 10.1051/ro:2002003. http://archive.numdam.org/articles/10.1051/ro:2002003/

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