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DOI: 10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.21
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188462
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Ayyadevara, Nikhil ; Bansal, Nikhil ; Prabhu, Milind

On Minimizing Generalized Makespan on Unrelated Machines

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We consider the Generalized Makespan Problem (GMP) on unrelated machines, where we are given n jobs and m machines and each job j has arbitrary processing time p_{ij} on machine i. Additionally, there is a general symmetric monotone norm ψ_i for each machine i, that determines the load on machine i as a function of the sizes of jobs assigned to it. The goal is to assign the jobs to minimize the maximum machine load.
Recently, Deng, Li, and Rabani [Deng et al., 2023] gave a 3 approximation for GMP when the ψ_i are top-k norms, and they ask the question whether an O(1) approximation exists for general norms ψ? We answer this negatively and show that, under natural complexity assumptions, there is some fixed constant δ > 0, such that GMP is Ω(log^δ n) hard to approximate. We also give an Ω(log^{1/2} n) integrality gap for the natural configuration LP.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Ayyadevara, Nikhil and Bansal, Nikhil and Prabhu, Milind},
  title =	{{On Minimizing Generalized Makespan on Unrelated Machines}},
  booktitle =	{Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)},
  pages =	{21:1--21:13},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-296-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{275},
  editor =	{Megow, Nicole and Smith, Adam},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-188462},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.APPROX/RANDOM.2023.21},
  annote =	{Keywords: Hardness of Approximation, Generalized Makespan}

Keywords: Hardness of Approximation, Generalized Makespan
Collection: Approximation, Randomization, and Combinatorial Optimization. Algorithms and Techniques (APPROX/RANDOM 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 04.09.2023

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