AbstractC. Leet, J. Li and S. Koenig. Shard Systems: Scalable, Robust and Persistent Multi-Agent Path Finding with Performance Guarantees. In AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), pages 9386-9395, 2022.
Abstract: Modern multi-agent robotic systems increasingly require scalable, robust and persistent Multi-Agent Path Finding (MAPF) with performance guarantees. While many MAPF solvers that provide some of these properties exist, none provides them all. To fill this need, we propose a new MAPF framework, the shard system. A shard system partitions the workspace into geographic regions, called shards, linked by a novel system of buffers. Agents are routed optimally within a shard by a local controller to local goals set by a global controller. The buffer system novelly allows shards to plan with perfect parallelism, providing scalability. A novel global controller algorithm can rapidly generate an inter-shard routing plan for thousands of agents while minimizing the traffic routed through any shard. A novel workspace partitioning algorithm produces shards small enough to replan rapidly. These innovations allow a shard system to adjust its routing plan in real time if an agent is delayed or assigned a new goal, enabling robust, persistent MAPF. A shard system's local optimality and optimized inter-shard routing bring the sum-of-costs of its solutions to single-shot MAPF problems to between 25 and 70 percent of optimal on a diversity of workspaces. Its scalability allows it to plan paths for thousands of agents in seconds. If any of their goals change or move actions fails, a shard system can replan in under a second.
Download the paper in pdf.
Many publishers do not want authors to make their papers available electronically after the papers have been published. Please use the electronic versions provided here only if hardcopies are not yet available. If you have comments on any of these papers, please send me an email! Also, please send me your papers if we have common interests.
This page was automatically created by a bibliography maintenance system that was developed as part of an undergraduate research project, advised by Sven Koenig.