Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks, International Symposium on (1997)
Dec. 18, 1997 to Dec. 20, 1997
K.K. Lau , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Curtin Univ. of Technol., Perth, WA, Australia
M.J. Kumar , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Curtin Univ. of Technol., Perth, WA, Australia
N.R. Achuthan , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Curtin Univ. of Technol., Perth, WA, Australia
This paper proposes a parallel branch and bound algorithm designed for solving the Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) on NOWs (Networks of Workstations). Our objective is to minimize the execution time by considering parallel implementation to find an exact solution to the VRP in real time. Our experimental studies reveal that the proposed parallel branch and bound algorithm can achieve super-linear speedup for large problem sizes. Dynamic load balancing techniques for solving the VRP on NOWs are also discussed.
operations research; branch and bound algorithm; vehicle routing problem; Networks of Workstations; parallel branch and bound; super-linear speedup; load balancing; VRP; real time; operational research; optimisation
N. Achuthan, K. Lau and M. Kumar, "Parallel implementation of branch and bound algorithm for solving vehicle routing problem on NOWs," Parallel Architectures, Algorithms, and Networks, International Symposium on(ISPAN), Taipei, Taiwan, 1997, pp. 247.