Preemptive Scheduling In Overloaded Systems

The following scheduling problem is studied: We are given a set of tasks with release times, deadlines, and profit rates. The objective is to determine a 1-processor preemptive schedule of the given tasks that maximizes the overall profit. In the standard model, each completed task brings profit, while non-completed tasks do not. In the metered model, a task brings profit proportional to the execution time even if not completed. For the metered task model, we present an efficient offline algorithm and improve both the lower and upper bounds on the competitive ratio of online algorithms. Furthermore, we prove three lower bound results concerning resource augmentation in both models.