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Parallel greedy algorithms for packing unequal circles into a strip or a rectangle

  • T. Kubach
  • A. Bortfeldt


  • H. Gehring
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    Given a finite set of circles of different sizes we study the strip packing problem (SPP) as well as the Knapsack Problem (KP). The SPP asks for a placement of all circles within a rectangular strip of fixed width so that the variable length of the strip is minimized. The KP requires packing of a subset of the circles in a given rectangle so that the wasted area is minimized. To solve these problems some greedy algorithms were developed which enhance the algorithms proposed by Huang et al. (J Oper Res Soc 56:539–548, 2005). Furthermore, the new greedy algorithms were parallelized using a master slave approach. The resulting parallel methods were tested using the instances introduced by Stoyan and Yaskov (Eur J Oper Res 156:590–600, 2004). Additionally, two sets of 128 instances each for the SPP and for the KP were generated and results for these new instances are also reported. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2009

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    Article provided by Springer & Slovak Society for Operations Research & Hungarian Operational Research Society & Czech Society for Operations Research & Österr. Gesellschaft für Operations Research (ÖGOR) & Slovenian Society Informatika - Section for Operational Research & Croatian Operational Research Society in its journal Central European Journal of Operations Research.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 461-477

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:cejnor:v:17:y:2009:i:4:p:461-477
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