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A parallel approximation algorithm for solving one-dimensional bin packing problems

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2 Author(s)
Berkey, J.O. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA, USA ; Wang, P.Y.

Describes a parallel approximation algorithm that can be used to obtain solutions to the one-dimensional bin packing problem: a list L of n items with sizes in the interval [0,1] is to be packed into a minimum number of unit-size bins. The algorithm is based on a systolic model of computation and packs items into one-dimensional bins by dividing L into ten subsets of pieces that are processed concurrently. It is shown that this algorithm has a worst case asymptotic error bound of 1.5 and a time complexity of Θ(n). The algorithm has also been implemented on an Inmos transputer array and execution results are reviewed to show how the method performs in practice

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Parallel Processing Symposium, 1991. Proceedings., Fifth International

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30 Apr-2 May 1991