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Parallel Beam Search for Combinatorial Optimization


Inspired by the recent success of parallelized exact methods to solve difficult scheduling problems, we present a general parallel beam search framework for combinatorial optimization problems. Beam search is a constructive metaheuristic traversing a search tree layer by layer while keeping in each layer a bounded number of promising nodes to consider many partial solutions in parallel. We propose a variant which is suitable for intra-node parallelization by multithreading with data parallelism. Diversification and inter-node parallelization are combined by performing multiple randomized runs on independent workers communicating via MPI. For sufficiently large problem instances and beam widths our pro- totypical implementation in the JIT-compiled Julia language admits speed-ups between 30 − 42× on 46 cores with uniform memory access for two difficult classical problems, namely Permutation Flow Shop Scheduling (PFSP) with flowtime objective and the Traveling Tournament Problem (TTP). This allowed us to perform large beam width runs to find 11 new best feasible solutions for 22 difficult TTP benchmark instances up to 20 teams with an average wallclock runtime of about one hour per instance.
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hal-03773423 , version 1 (09-09-2022)


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Nikolaus Frohner, Jan Gmys, Nouredine Melab, Günter Raidl, El-Ghazali Talbi. Parallel Beam Search for Combinatorial Optimization. International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Algorithms and Decision Sciences (PDADS 2022), Aug 2022, Bordeaux, France. ⟨hal-03773423⟩
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