Minimizing the sum of completion times with resource dependant processing times

Liron Yedidsion, Dvir Shabtay, Moshe Kaspi

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We extend the classical problem of minimizing the sum of completion times to the case where the processing times are controllable by allocating a common, nonrenewable resource. The quality of a solution is measured by two criteria. The first criterion is the sum of completion times and the second is the total weighted resource consumption. We consider four problem variations for treating the two criteria. We prove that this problem is NP-hard for three of the four variations even if all resource consumption weights are equal. However, somewhat surprisingly, the variation of minimizing the integrated objective function is solvable in polynomial time. Although the sum of completion times is arguably the most important scheduling criterion, the complexity of this problem, until this paper, was an open question for three of the four variations. The results of this research have various implementations, including efficient battery use on mobile devices such as mobile computers, phones and GPS devices in order to prolong the life of their battery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009


  • Complexity
  • Controllable processing times
  • Resource allocation
  • Scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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