January  2011, 7(1): 211-227. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2011.7.211

Reliability optimization of component assignment problem for a multistate network in terms of minimal cuts

1. 

Department of Industrial Management, National Taiwan University of Science & Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan, Taiwan

Received  March 2010 Revised  November 2010 Published  January 2011

A network constructed by arcs and vertices is a useful tool to model a real-life system, such as a computer/communication, an electric power transmission, a transportation, or a logistics system. Network reliability, the probability to satisfy customers' demand, is a common performance index of such a system. From the quality of service viewpoint, the network reliability optimization is an important objective which many enterprises pursue to maintain their customer satisfaction. Combining with the characteristic of assignment problem, this study is mainly to search for the optimal components assignment with maximal network reliability. A set of components is ready to be assigned to the arcs, each component may have several modes, such as failure, maintenance, or partially reserved by other customers, and thus the network according to any component assignment is multistate. A minimal-cut based genetic algorithm is developed to solve such a problem. In order to show the computational efficiency of the proposed algorithm, a simple computer network and a real one are adopted while comparing with the implicit enumeration method and the approach of random solution generation, respectively.
Citation: Yi-Kuei Lin, Cheng-Ta Yeh. Reliability optimization of component assignment problem for a multistate network in terms of minimal cuts. Journal of Industrial & Management Optimization, 2011, 7 (1) : 211-227. doi: 10.3934/jimo.2011.7.211
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References:
[1]

T. Aven, Reliability evaluation of multistate systems with multistate components,, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 34 (1985), 473. doi: 10.1109/TR.1985.5222235.

[2]

S. T. Cheng, Topological optimization of a reliable communication network,, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 47 (1998), 225. doi: 10.1109/24.740489.

[3]

M. L. F. Cheong, R. Bhatnagar and S. C. Graves, Logistics network design with supplier consolidation hubs and multiple shipment options,, Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, 3 (2007), 51.

[4]

P. C. Chu and J. E. Beasley, A genetic algorithm for the generalized assignment problem,, Computers and Operations Research, 24 (1997), 17. doi: 10.1016/S0305-0548(96)00032-9.

[5]

D. Coit and A. Smith, Reliability optimization of series-parallel systems using genetic algorithm,, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 45 (1996), 254. doi: 10.1109/24.510811.

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D. W. Coit and A. Smith, Penalty guided genetic search for reliability design optimization,, Computers and Industrial Engineering, 30 (1996), 895. doi: 10.1016/0360-8352(96)00040-X.

[7]

C. J. Colbourn, "The Combinatorics of network Reliability,", Oxford University, (1987).

[8]

Z. Dzalilov, I. Ouveysi and A. Rubinov, An extended lifetime measure for telecommunication network,, Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, 4 (2008), 329.

[9]

M. L. Fisher, R. Jaikumar and L. Van Wassenhove, A multiplier adjustment method for the generalised assignment problem,, Management Science, 32 (1986), 1095. doi: 10.1287/mnsc.32.9.1095.

[10]

L. R. Ford, and D. R. Fulkerson, "Flows in Networks,", Princeton University, (1962).

[11]

D. Goldberg, "Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning,", Addison-Wesley Press, (1989).

[12]

P. R. Harper, V. De Senna, I. T. Vieira and A. K. Shahani, A genetic algorithm for the project assignment problem,, Computers and Operations Research, 32 (2005), 1255.

[13]

C. C. Hsieh and Y. T. Chen, Reliable and economic resource allocation in an unreliable flow network,, Computer and Operations Research, 32 (2005), 613. doi: 10.1016/j.cor.2003.08.008.

[14]

C. C. Hsieh and Y. T. Chen, Resource allocation decisions under various demands and cost requirements in an unreliable flow network,, Computer and Operations Research, 32 (2005), 2771. doi: 10.1016/j.cor.2004.04.003.

[15]

C. C. Hsieh and M. H. Lin, Reliability-oriented multi-resource allocation in a stochastic-flow network,, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 81 (2003), 155. doi: 10.1016/S0951-8320(03)00082-6.

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[17]

C. C. Jane, J. S. Lin and J. Yuan, On reliability evaluation of a limited-flow network in terms of minimal cutsets,, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 42 (1993), 354. doi: 10.1109/24.257817.

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[26]

R. Mookherjee, B. F. Hobbs, T. L. Friesz and M. A. Rigdon, Dynamic oligopolistic competition on an electric power network with ramping costs and joint sales constraints,, Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, 4 (2008), 425.

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L. Painton and J. Campbell, Genetic algorithms in optimization of system reliability,, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 44 (1995), 172. doi: 10.1109/24.387368.

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J. E. Ramirez-Marquez and C. M. Rocco, Stochastic network interdiction optimization via capacitated network reliability modeling and probabilistic solution discovery,, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 94 (2009), 913. doi: 10.1016/j.ress.2008.10.006.

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M. Srinivas and M. P. Lalit, Genetic algorithm: a survey,, IEEE Computer, 27 (1994), 18.

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Y. Z. Wang, An application of genetic algorithm methods for teacher assignment problems,, Expert Systems with Applications, 22 (2002), 295. doi: 10.1016/S0957-4174(02)00017-9.

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J. M. Wilson, A genetic algorithm for the generalized assignment problem,, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 48 (1997), 804.

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W. Xu, S. He, R. Song and J. Li, Reliability based assignment in stochastic-flow freight network,, Applied Mathematics and Computation, 211 (2009), 85. doi: 10.1016/j.amc.2009.01.024.

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J. Xue, On multistate system analysis,, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, 34 (1985), 329. doi: 10.1109/TR.1985.5222178.

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M. J. Yao and W. M. Chu, A genetic algorithm for determining optimal replenishment cycles to minimize maximum warehouse space requirements,, Omega, 36 (2008), 619. doi: 10.1016/j.omega.2007.01.007.

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P. Zacharia, A. Menti and Th. Zacharias, Genetic algorithm-based optimal design of shunt compensators in the presence of harmonics,, Electric Power Systems Research, 78 (2008), 728. doi: 10.1016/j.epsr.2007.05.016.

[36]

A. Zeblah, Y. Massim, S. Hadjeri,A. Benaissa and H. Hamdaoui, Optimization for series-parallel continuous power systems with buffers under reliability constraints using ant colony,, Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization, 2 (2006), 467.

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M. J. Zuo, Z. Tian and H. Z. Huang, An efficient method for reliability evaluation of multistate networks given all minimal path vectors,, IIE Transactions, 39 (2007), 811. doi: 10.1080/07408170601013653.

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