TENNESSEE UNIV KNOXVILLE MANAGEMENT SCIENCE PROGRAM
It is shown that the basis in a class of linear programs arising from material requirements planning can be triangularized. This allows for efficient adaptation of the Simplex Method similar to those for network problems. It also suggests that for finite-loading i.e. capacitated MRP, a decomposition approach exploiting both subproblem structure and parallel processing can be effective for handling complex problems in multiproduct, multistage, multiperiod production systems. Keywords Production and Operations management Parallel processing.