Published online by Cambridge University Press: 27 July 2009
We consider preemptive and nonpreemptive scheduling of partially ordered tasks on parallel processors, where the precedence relations have an intervalorder, an in-forest, or a uniform out-forest structure. Processing times of tasks are random variables with an increasing in likelihood ratio distribution in the nonpreemptive case and an exponential distribution in the preemptive case. We consider a general cost that is a function of time and of the uncompleted tasks and show that the most successors (MS) policy stochastically minimizes the cost function when it satisfies certain agreeability conditions. A consequence is that the MS policy stochastically minimizes makespan, weighted flowtime, and the weighted number of late jobs.
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