In this paper, we consider unrelated parallel-machine scheduling involving controllable processing times and rate-modifying activities simultaneously. We assume that the actual processing time of a job can be compressed by allocating a greater amount of a common resource to process the job. We further assume that each machine may require a rate-modifying activity during the scheduling horizon. The objective is to determine the optimal job compressions, the optimal positions of the rate-modifying activities and the optimal schedule to minimise a total cost function that depends on the total completion time and total job compressions. If the number of machines is a given constant, we propose an efficient polynomial time algorithm to solve the problem.
- controllable processing time
- rate-modifying activity
- unrelated parallel-machine
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering