Optimal Linear Programming Solutions for Multiprocessor Scheduling with Communication Delays

  • Sarad Venugopalan
  • Oliver Sinnen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7439)


Task parallelism does not automatically scale with the use of parallel processors. Optimised scheduling of tasks is necessary to maximise the utilisation of each available processor. It is common to use heuristics to find solutions for task scheduling problem instances. However, there is no guarantee that the heuristic solution is close to the optimal solution. The outcome of this work is to provide optimal solutions for small and medium sized instances of the task scheduling problem. Two optimal scheduling formulations using Integer Linear Programming (ILP) are proposed for the Multiprocessor Scheduling Problem with Communication Delays: ILP-RevisedBoolean Logic and ILP-Transitivity Clause. ILP-RevisedBooleanLogic is designed to work efficiently when the number of processors available to be scheduled on is small. ILP-TransitivityClause is efficient when a larger number of processors are available to be scheduled on. Each formulation uses a different linearisation of the Integer Bilinear Programming formulation and is tested on CPLEX using known benchmark graphs for task scheduling.


Multiprocessor Task Scheduling Problem Communication Delays Linear Programming Optimal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarad Venugopalan
    • 1
  • Oliver Sinnen
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of AucklandNew Zealand

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