We investigate a single machine scheduling problem with job delivery to multiple customers. In this problem, each job needs to be processed on the single machine, and then delivered by a single vehicle to its customer, where the job has a physical size representing the fraction of space it occupies on the vehicle. The vehicle delivers a shipment from the machine to a customer and has to return back to the machine for delivering the next shipment. It takes different constant time for the round trips between the machine and the different customers. The goal is to minimize the makespan, by that time all the jobs are processed and delivered to their respective customers, and the vehicle returns back to the machine. We propose a 2-approximation algorithm for the general case; when there are only two customers, we present an improved 5/3-approximation algorithm. The design and performance analysis of these two algorithms integrate several known results and techniques for the single machine scheduling problem, the bin-packing problem, and the knapsack problem.
Journal of Scheduling – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 15, 2017
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