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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 350308, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/350308
Research Article

A Study on the Enhanced Best Performance Algorithm for the Just-in-Time Scheduling Problem

School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University Road, Westville, Private Bag X 54001, Durban 4000, South Africa

Received 4 November 2014; Accepted 12 January 2015

Academic Editor: Peng Liu

Copyright © 2015 Sivashan Chetty and Aderemi O. Adewumi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Just-In-Time (JIT) scheduling problem is an important subject of study. It essentially constitutes the problem of scheduling critical business resources in an attempt to optimize given business objectives. This problem is NP-Hard in nature, hence requiring efficient solution techniques. To solve the JIT scheduling problem presented in this study, a new local search metaheuristic algorithm, namely, the enhanced Best Performance Algorithm (eBPA), is introduced. This is part of the initial study of the algorithm for scheduling problems. The current problem setting is the allocation of a large number of jobs required to be scheduled on multiple and identical machines which run in parallel. The due date of a job is characterized by a window frame of time, rather than a specific point in time. The performance of the eBPA is compared against Tabu Search (TS) and Simulated Annealing (SA). SA and TS are well-known local search metaheuristic algorithms. The results show the potential of the eBPA as a metaheuristic algorithm.