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1st Edition

Introduction to Scheduling

ISBN 9781420072730
Published November 18, 2009 by CRC Press
333 Pages 92 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Full of practical examples, Introduction to Scheduling presents the basic concepts and methods, fundamental results, and recent developments of scheduling theory. With contributions from highly respected experts, it provides self-contained, easy-to-follow, yet rigorous presentations of the material.

The book first classifies scheduling problems and their complexity and then presents examples that demonstrate successful techniques for the design of efficient approximation algorithms. It also discusses classical problems, such as the famous makespan minimization problem, as well as more recent advances, such as energy-efficient scheduling algorithms. After focusing on job scheduling problems that encompass independent and possibly parallel jobs, the text moves on to a practical application of cyclic scheduling for the synthesis of embedded systems. It also proves that efficient schedules can be derived in the context of steady-state scheduling. Subsequent chapters discuss scheduling large and computer-intensive applications on parallel resources, illustrate different approaches of multi-objective scheduling, and show how to compare the performance of stochastic task-resource systems. The final chapter assesses the impact of platform models on scheduling techniques.

From the basics to advanced topics and platform models, this volume provides a thorough introduction to the field. It reviews classical methods, explores more contemporary models, and shows how the techniques and algorithms are used in practice.

Table of Contents

On the Complexity of Scheduling, Peter Brucker and Sigrid Knust

Approximation Algorithms for Scheduling Problems, J.-C. König and R. Giroudeau

Online Scheduling, Susanne Albers

Job Scheduling, Uwe Schwiegelshohn

Cyclic Scheduling, Claire Hanen

Cyclic Scheduling for the Synthesis of Embedded Systems, Olivier Marchetti and Alix Munier-Kordon

Steady-State Scheduling, Olivier Beaumont and Loris Marchal

Divisible Load Scheduling, Matthieu Gallet, Yves Robert, and Frédéric Vivien

Multi-Objective Scheduling, Pierre-François Dutot, Krzysztof Rzadca, Erik Saule, and Denis Trystram

Comparisons of Stochastic Task-Resource Systems, Bruno Gaujal and Jean-Marc Vincent

The Influence of Platform Models on Scheduling Techniques, Lionel Eyraud-Dubois and Arnaud Legrand


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Yves Robert is a professor in the computer science laboratory at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France. Dr. Robert is also a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Frédéric Vivien is a researcher at INRIA in France. Dr. Vivien’s research interests include scheduling techniques and parallel algorithms for heterogeneous and distributed platforms.