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International Journal of Recent Trends in Engineering (IJRTE)

ISSN 1797-9617

Volume 1, Number 2, May 2009

Issue on Computer Science

Page(s): 42-46

Multi-Agent Coordination in Project Scheduling: Priority Rules Based Resource Allocation

V.Thiagarasu and T.Devi

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Abstract

Project scheduling results in allocation of resources and integration of activities that can share the resources for activity scheduling. The integration can be achieved by relating the activities of the project and hence improved coordination and flow of resource information between activities become essential to minimise the project makespan. Each activity can be viewed as an autonomous agent and process can be carried out by using Multi-Agent System (MAS). The effective resource allocation process depends on task interdependencies, resource interdependencies and constraints. Crucial for the multi-agent coordination in project scheduling is the availability of an effective algorithm for resource allocation. MAS is successful only if the agents in the system are ready to cooperate and there arises a need for resource allocation among competitive multiple agents. This work proposes a model for resource allocation based on priority rules in order to minimise the project duration by overlapping the activities of the project. Therefore, an integrated planning and scheduling algorithm has been developed and employed for better resource allocation and task scheduling to minimise the project makespan.

Index Terms

Multi-agent coordination, project scheduling, task overlapping, resource allocation

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