, Volume 82, Issue 1-2, pp 191-198

Makespan minimization in open shops: A polynomial time approximation scheme

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Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate the existence of a polynomial time approximation scheme for makespan minimization in the open shop scheduling problem with an arbitrary fixed numberm of machines. For the variant of the problem where the number of machines is part of the input, it is known that the existence of an approximation scheme would implyP = NP. Hence, our result draws a precise separating line between approximable cases (i.e., withm fixed) and non-approximable cases (i.e., withm part of the input) of this shop problem. © 1998 The Mathematical Programming Society, Inc. Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

Supported by the DIMANET/PECO Program of the European Union.
Supported by a research fellowship of the Euler Institute for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications. This research was done while Gerhard Woeginger was with the Department of Mathematics and Computing Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands.