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<p>A class of scheduling problems that can be modeled by using very simple cost measures, namely, counting costs and distance-measure costs, is presented. These measures can be incorporated into a simulated annealing algorithm, providing a robust system for solving such scheduling problems. A special-purpose computer architecture that supports the simulated annealing of such problems is described. This architecture provides speeds greatly surpassing those of conventional workstations and supercomputers using the same algorithm.</p>

D. Abramson, "A Very High Speed Architecture for Simulated Annealing," in Computer, vol. 25, no. , pp. 27-36, 1992.
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