Journal of Heuristics, 24(4):667–695, 2018. Paper doi abstract bibtex
We propose an iterated local search based on several classes of local and large neighborhoods for the bin packing problem with conflicts. This problem, which combines the characteristics of both bin packing and vertex coloring, arises in vari- ous application contexts such as logistics and transportation, timetabling, and resource allocation for cloud computing.We introduceO(1) evaluation procedures for classical local-search moves, polynomial variants of ejection chains and assignment neighbor- hoods, an adaptive set covering-based neighborhood, and finally a controlled use of 0-cost moves to further diversify the search. The overall method produces solutions of good quality on the classical benchmark instances and scales very well with an increase of problem size. Extensive computational experiments are conducted to measure the respective contribution ofeach proposed neighborhood. In particular, the 0-cost moves and the large neighborhood based on set covering contribute very significantly to the search. Several research perspectives are open in relation to possible hybridizations with other state-of-the-art mathematical programming heuristics for this problem.