Algorithms for Scheduling Problems and Integer Programming

The first part of this thesis gives approximation results to scheduling problems. The classical makespan minimization problem on identical parallel machines asks for a distribution of a set of jobs to a set of machines such that the latest job completion time is minimized. For this strongly NP-complete problem we give a new EPTAS algorithm. In fact, it admits a practical implementation which beats the currently best approximation ratio of the MULTIFIT algorithm. A well-studied extension of the problem is the partition of the jobs into classes which impose a class-specific setup time on a machine whenever the processing switches to a job of a different class. For these so-called scheduling problems with batch setup times we present a 1.5-approximation algorithm for each of the three major settings. We achieve similar results for the likewise natural variant of many shared resources scheduling (MSRS) where instead of imposing a setup time each class is identified by a resource which can be occupied by at most one of its jobs at a time. For MSRS we present a 1.5-approximation and two EPTAS results. The second part provides results for fixed-priority uniprocessor real-time scheduling and variants of block-structured integer programming. We give a new approach to compute worst-case response times which admits a polynomial-time algorithm for harmonic periods even in the presence of task release jitters. In more detail, we prove a duality between Response Time Computation (RTC) and the Mixing Set problem. Furthermore, both problems can be expressed as block-structured integer programs which are closely related to simultaneous congruences. However, the setting of the famous Chinese Remainder Theorem is that each congruence has to have a certain remainder. We relax this setting such that the remainder of each congruence may lie in a given interval. We show that the smallest solution to these congruences can be computed in polynomial time if the set of divisors is harmonic.



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