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Scheduling with Contingent Resources and Tasks

AAAI Conferences

Finding optimal schedules for the most commonly considered classes of scheduling problems is NP-complete. Best algorithms scale up to very large scheduling problems when optimality is not required and good solution quality suffices. These problems have perfect information in the sense that the resource availability, set of tasks, task duration, and other important facts, are fully known at the time of constructing a schedule. However, the assumption of perfect information is rarely satisfied, and real-world scheduling faces several forms of uncertainty, most notably with respect to durations and availability of resources. The effective handling of uncertainty is a major issue in applying scheduling in new areas. In this work, we investigate the properties of a number of classes of problems of contingent scheduling, in which assignments of resources to tasks depend on resource availability and other facts that are only known fully during execution, and hence the off-line construction of one fixed schedule is insufficient. We show that contingent scheduling in most general cases is most likely outside the complexity class NP, and resides, depending on the assumptions, in PSPACE, Sigma-p-2 or Pi-p-2. The results prove that standard constraint-satisfaction and SAT frameworks are in general not straightforwardly applicable to contingent scheduling.


Online Task Scheduling for Fog Computing with Multi-Resource Fairness

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

In fog computing systems, one key challenge is online task scheduling, i.e., to decide the resource allocation for tasks that are continuously generated from end devices. The design is challenging because of various uncertainties manifested in fog computing systems; e.g., tasks' resource demands remain unknown before their actual arrivals. Recent works have applied deep reinforcement learning (DRL) techniques to conduct online task scheduling and improve various objectives. However, they overlook the multi-resource fairness for different tasks, which is key to achieving fair resource sharing among tasks but in general non-trivial to achieve. Thusly, it is still an open problem to design an online task scheduling scheme with multi-resource fairness. In this paper, we address the above challenges. Particularly, by leveraging DRL techniques and adopting the idea of dominant resource fairness (DRF), we propose FairTS, an online task scheduling scheme that learns directly from experience to effectively shorten average task slowdown while ensuring multi-resource fairness among tasks. Simulation results show that FairTS outperforms state-of-the-art schemes with an ultra-low task slowdown and better resource fairness.


Integrating Planning and Scheduling through Adaptation of Resource Intensity Estimates

AAAI Conferences

We describe an incremental and adaptive approach to integrating hierarchical task network planning and constraint-based scheduling. The approach is grounded in the concept of approximating the ‘resource intensity’ of planning options. A given planning problem is decomposed into a sequence of (not necessarily independent) subtasks, which are planned and then scheduled in turn. During planning, operators are rated according to a heuristic estimate of their expected resource requirements. Options are selected that best match a computed ‘target intensity’ for planning. Feedback from the scheduler is used to adapt the target intensity after completion of each subplan, thus guiding the planner toward solutions that are tuned to resource availability. Experimental results from an air operations domain validate the effectiveness of the approach relative to typical waterfall models of planner/scheduler integration.


The Best Resources for Learning about Quantum Computing

@machinelearnbot

If you want to take a hacker approach, you can actually go and play with quantum algorithms directly in the quantum playground. These lecture notes from CalTech professor John Preskill are a great deep dive into quantum computing. His site in general is a great trove of information I highly recommend digging through. Although it's not available at the time of this writing, Berkeley has an open courseware class, distributed through edX, that focuses on quantum computing. It's a 9 week course in total and requires about 5 to 12 hours per week.


Optimal Schedules for Parallelizing Anytime Algorithms: The Case of Shared Resources

Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research

The performance of anytime algorithms can be improved by simultaneously solving several instances of algorithm-problem pairs. These pairs may include different instances of a problem (such as starting from a different initial state), different algorithms (if several alternatives exist), or several runs of the same algorithm (for non-deterministic algorithms). In this paper we present a methodology for designing an optimal scheduling policy based on the statistical characteristics of the algorithms involved. We formally analyze the case where the processes share resources (a single-processor model), and provide an algorithm for optimal scheduling. We analyze, theoretically and empirically, the behavior of our scheduling algorithm for various distribution types.