AAAI Publications, Twenty-First International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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Dynamic State-Space Partitioning in External-Memory Graph Search
Rong Zhou, Eric A. Hansen

Last modified: 2011-03-22


The scalability of optimal sequential planning can be improved by using external-memory graph search. State-of-the-art external-memory graph search algorithms rely on a state-space projection function, or hash function, that partitions the stored nodes of the state-space search graph into groups of nodes that are stored as separate files on disk. Search performance depends on properties of the partition; whether the number of unique nodes in a file always fits in RAM, the number of files into which the nodes of the state-space graph are partitioned, and how well the partition captures local structure in the graph. Previous work relies on a static partition of the state space, but it can be difficult for a static partition to simultaneously satisfy all of these criteria. We introduce a method for dynamic partitioning and show that it leads to improved search performance in solving STRIPS planning problems.

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