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June 23, Booth 24

June 24, Booth 21

Solving Job-Shop Scheduling Problems with QUBO-based Specialized Hardware

Jiachen Zhang, Giovanni Lo Bianco and Chris Beck

Abstract: The emergence of specialized hardware, such as quantum computers and Digital/CMOS annealers, and the slowing of performance growth of general-purpose hardware raises an important question for our community: how can the high-performance, specialized solvers be used for planning and scheduling problems? In this work, we focus on the job-shop scheduling problem (JSP) and Quadratic Unconstrained Binary Optimization (QUBO) models, the mathematical formulation shared by a number of novel hardware platforms. We study two direct QUBO models of JSP and propose a novel large neighborhood search (LNS) approach, that hybridizes a QUBO model with constraint programming (CP). Empirical results show that our LNS approach significantly outperforms classical CP-based LNS methods and a mixed integer programming model, while being competitive with CP for large problem instances. This work is the first approach that we are aware of that can solve non-trivial JSPs using QUBO hardware, albeit as part of a hybrid algorithm.

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