Scheduling Multi-Capacitated Resources under Complex Temporal Constraints

Amedeo Cesta, Angelo Oddi, and Stephen Smith
tech. report CMU-RI-TR-98-17, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, June, 1998


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Abstract
Most CSP scheduling models make the restrictive assumption that a resource can only support a single activity at a time (i.e., it is either available or in-use). However, in many practical domains, resources in fact have the capability to si- multaneously support multiple activities, and hence availability at any point is a function of unallocated capacity. In this paper, we develop and evaluate algorithms for solving multi-capacitated scheduling problems. We First define a basic CSP model for this extended problem class, which provides a basic framework for formu- lating alternative solution procedures. Using this model, we then develop variants of two different solution approaches that have been recently proposed in the literature: (1) a profile-based procedure - which relies on local analysis of potential resource con icts to heuristically direct the problem solving process, and (2) a clique-based procedure - which exploits a global analysis of resource conflicts at greater computa- tional cost. In each case, improvements are made to previously proposed techniques. Performance results are given on a series of problems of increasing scale and con- strainedness, indicating the relative strengths of each procedure.

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Amedeo Cesta, Angelo Oddi, and Stephen Smith, "Scheduling Multi-Capacitated Resources under Complex Temporal Constraints," tech. report CMU-RI-TR-98-17, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, June, 1998

BibTeX Reference
@techreport{Smith_1998_2551,
   author = "Amedeo Cesta and Angelo Oddi and Stephen Smith",
   title = "Scheduling Multi-Capacitated Resources under Complex Temporal Constraints",
   booktitle = "",
   institution = "Robotics Institute",
   month = "June",
   year = "1998",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-98-17",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
}