## Abstract

In the Workload Partition Problem(WPP) we are given a set of n jobs to be scheduled on a set of m identical parallel machines. Each job has its own workload and the scheduling cost on each machine is a convex function of the total workload of the jobs assigned to it. The objective is to minimize the total cost on the set of m machines. Shabtay and Kaspi (2006) showed that the WPP is equivalent to a scheduling problem on m identical machines with controllable processing times and with the scheduling criterion of minimizing the makespan. They also proved that the WPP is NP-hard when m=2. However, they left as an open question whether the problem is ordinary or strongly NP-hard. Moreover, they provided no practical tools to solve the problem. We bridge those gaps in the literature by showing that the WWP problem is strongly NP-hard when m is part of the input. Furthermore, we present two different approximation algorithms for solving the WWP problem. The first one is a fully polynomial time approximation scheme (FPTAS) for a fixed number of machines, while the second is a modification of the well-known longest processing time (LPT) heuristic. We show that our modified LPT heuristic guarantees a solution with a constant approximation ratio, whose value depends on the instance parameters.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 384-391 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | European Journal of Operational Research |

Volume | 256 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 16 Jan 2017 |

## Keywords

- Approximation algorithms
- Controllable processing times
- Identical parallel machines
- Scheduling
- Workload partition problem

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General Computer Science
- Modeling and Simulation
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Information Systems and Management