New results for non-preemptive speed scaling
Paper i proceeding, 2014

We consider the speed scaling problem introduced in the seminal paper of Yao et al. [23]. In this problem, a number of jobs, each with its own processing volume, release time, and deadline, needs to be executed on a speed-scalable processor. The power consumption of this processor is P(s)=s α, where s is the processing speed, and α>1 is a constant. The total energy consumption is power integrated over time, and the objective is to process all jobs while minimizing the energy consumption. The preemptive version of the problem, along with its many variants, has been extensively studied over the years. However, little is known about the non-preemptive version of the problem, except that it is strongly NP-hard and allows a (large) constant factor approximation [5,7,15]. Up until now, the (general) complexity of this problem is unknown. In the present paper, we study an important special case of the problem, where the job intervals form a laminar family, and present a quasipolynomial-time approximation scheme for it, thereby showing that (at least) this special case is not APX-hard, unless NP ⊆ DTIME(2 poly(logn)). The second contribution of this work is a polynomial-time algorithm for the special case of equal-volume jobs. In addition, we show that two other special cases of this problem allow fully polynomial-time approximation schemes.

Processing speed

Laminar families


Polynomial-time algorithm

Constant factor approximation

Total energy consumption

Fully polynomial time approximation schemes

Approximation scheme

Strongly NP-hard

Approximation theory


Chien-Chung Huang

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Datavetenskap

S. Ott

Max Planck-institutet

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

0302-9743 (ISSN)

Vol. 8635 360-371


Data- och informationsvetenskap