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An iterated greedy algorithm for the flowshop scheduling problem with blocking

  • Ribas, Imma
  • Companys, Ramon
  • Tort-Martorell, Xavier
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    This paper proposes an iterated greedy algorithm for solving the blocking flowshop scheduling problem for makespan minimization. Moreover, it presents an improved NEH-based heuristic, which is used as the initial solution procedure for the iterated greedy algorithm. The effectiveness of both procedures was tested on some of Taillard's benchmark instances that are considered to be blocking flowshop instances. The experimental evaluation showed the efficiency of the proposed algorithm, in spite of its simple structure, in comparison with a state-of-the-art algorithm. In addition, new best solutions for Taillard's instances are reported for this problem, which can be used as a basis of comparison in future studies.

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    Volume (Year): 39 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 (June)
    Pages: 293-301

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