Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CSE 5311 Section 003 Fall 2004
Due: October 27, 2004 (midnight).
No late submissions accepted.
Consider a familiar scenario in which you have several assignments (or
tasks) whose deadlines are approaching, and you want to know if you can
complete all the tasks by their deadlines, by when you must begin each
task, and how much free time you have to sleep or just have fun.
For this assignment you will write a program to help that takes a list
of tasks and produces a schedule of when to begin each task. The specifics
- Your program will take a file name as an argument. The file will
contain the current date and time in the format YYYYMMDDHHMM, the number of
tasks, and then the details for each task: number, duration, deadline,
priority, and predecessors. The task number is a unique, positive integer
numbered consecutively from 1. The task duration is a positive integer
representing the number of minutes the task will require to complete. The
task deadline is in the same format as the current date above. The task
priority is an integer between 1 and 10, where a lower number means higher
priority. The task's predecessors is a list of task numbers that must be
completed before this task can be performed. The list is delimited by
parentheses and contains a comma-separated list of task numbers with no
whitespace. Below is the generic format of the input file. Each task is on
a separate line, and the components of a task are separated by a single
space. You can see a sample input file here.
- After reading in the current date and list of tasks, your program will
then attempt to schedule the tasks according to the following criteria.
- The schedule should include as many tasks as possible that can be
completed before their deadline.
- Tasks should be scheduled as far into the future as possible.
- Tasks with predecessors can only be scheduled if all their predecessors
are also scheduled.
- When possible, higher priority tasks should be scheduled before
The algorithm you use is up to you, but it must be implemented by you. You
cannot use source code from the Internet or any other source. Your algorithm
should also represent a reasonable tradeoff between efficiency and
optimality (maximizing number of tasks scheduled). Note that a brute force
solution of trying every possible ordering of tasks is exponential and not
efficient. I would recommend the use of appropriate data structures to
improve efficiency and readability of your code.
- Your program should output a schedule of tasks in increasing order by
starting time. First, your program should output the current date and time as
specified in the input file. For each scheduled task, the program should
output the start date and time, finish date and time (start plus duration),
slack time (deadline - finish in minutes), and the task's original duration,
deadline, priority and
predecessors. Your program should also indicate which tasks, if any, could
not be scheduled to finish by their deadline along with their original
duration, deadline, priority and predecessors. Below is the generic format
of the output. You can see a sample output here.
- After ensuring that your program compiles and runs correctly on the
omega or gamma system, submit all source code to me (email@example.com) by the above
deadline. Please only send one email message; use attachments if sending
multiple files. In addition to correct functionality and satisfaction of
the above constraints, your submission will be graded based on good
programming style and documentation.