Minmax scheduling with acceptable lead-times: Extensions to position-dependent processing times, due-window and job rejection

Enrique Gerstl, Baruch Mor, Gur Mosheiov

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Abstract

We focus on a due-date assignment model where due-dates are determined by penalties for jobs exceeding pre-specified (job-dependent, different) deadlines. The underlying assumption of this model, denoted by DIF, is that there are "lead times that customers consider to be reasonable and expected". In a minmax DIF model, the value of the objective function is that of the largest job/due-date cost. The goal is to find both the job sequence and the due-dates, such that this value is minimized. In this paper we study several extensions of the minmax DIF model. First, we consider general position-dependent job processing times. Then we extend the model to a setting of a due-window for acceptable lead-times. Here, the assumption is that a time interval exists, such that due-dates assigned to be within this interval are not penalized. The last extension of the DIF model is to a setting allowing job-rejection. This option reflects many real-life situations, where the scheduler may decide to process only a subset of the jobs, and the rejected jobs are penalized. The first two extensions are shown to be polynomially solvable: we introduce solution algorithms requiring O(n3) and O(n4) time, respectively, where n is the number of jobs. The last extension (assuming job-rejection) is proved to be NP-hard in the ordinary sense, and an efficient pseudo-polynomial dynamic programming algorithm is introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-156
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and Operations Research
Volume83
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Due-date assignment
  • Job-rejection
  • Minmax
  • Position-dependent processing times
  • Scheduling
  • Single machine

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