We consider the problem of scheduling jobs online, where jobs may be served partially in order to optimize the overall use of the machines. Service requests arrive online to be executed immediately;Every job must start immediately or be refused. the scheduler must decide how long and if it will run a job (that is, it must fix the Quality of Service level of the job) at the time of arrival of the job: preemption is not allowed. We give lower bounds on the competitive ratio and present algorithmsanalyze the competitive performance of algorithms for jobs with varying sizes and for jobs with uniform size, and for jobs that can be run for an arbitrary time or only for some fixed fraction of their full execution time.

Nonnumerical Algorithms and Problems (acm F.2.2)
Performance evaluation; queueing; scheduling (msc 68M20), Scheduling theory, deterministic (msc 90B35)
Software (theme 1), Logistics (theme 3), Energy (theme 4)
Software Engineering [SEN]
Intelligent and autonomous systems

van Stee, R, & La Poutré, J.A. (2000). Partial servicing of on-line jobs. Software Engineering [SEN]. CWI.