The VCG Mechanism for Bayesian Scheduling
Abstract
We study the problem of scheduling $m$ tasks to $n$ selfish, unrelated machines in order to minimize the makespan, where the execution times are independent random variables, identical across machines. We show that the VCG mechanism, which myopically allocates each task to its best machine, achieves an approximation ratio of $O\left(\frac{\ln n}{\ln \ln n}\right)$. This improves significantly on the previously best known bound of $O\left(\frac{m}{n}\right)$ for priorindependent mechanisms, given by Chawla et al. [STOC'13] under the additional assumption of Monotone Hazard Rate (MHR) distributions. Although we demonstrate that this is in general tight, if we do maintain the MHR assumption, then we get improved, (small) constant bounds for $m\geq n\ln n$ i.i.d. tasks, while we also identify a sufficient condition on the distribution that yields a constant approximation ratio regardless of the number of tasks.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 September 2015
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1509.07455
 Bibcode:
 2015arXiv150907455G
 Keywords:

 Computer Science  Computer Science and Game Theory