We study the problem of minimizing total load on a proportionate openshop. The problem is proved to be NP-hard. A simple LPT (Longest Processing Time first)-based heuristic is proposed, and a bound on the worst-case relative error is introduced: (where m is the number of machines). The proposed bound is smaller than the classical bound on the relative error of LPT when minimizing makespan on parallel identical machines. The algorithm is tested numerically and is shown to produce very close-to-optimal schedules.
- Proportionate openshop
- Total load
- Worst case bound
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Applied Mathematics