Experimental Evaluation of Classical Multi Agent Path Finding Algorithms
Keywords:Portfolios Of Search Algorithms, Analysis Of Search Algorithms
AbstractModern optimal multi-agent path finding (MAPF) algorithms can scale to solve problems with hundreds of agents. To facilitate comparison between these algorithms, a benchmark of MAPF problems was recently proposed. We report a comprehensive evaluation of a diverse set of state-of-the-art optimal MAPF algorithms over the entire benchmark. The results show that in terms of coverage, the recently proposed LazyCBS algorithm outperforms all others significantly, but it is usually not the fastest algorithm. This suggests algorithm selection methods can be beneficial. Then, we characterize different setups for algorithm selection in MAPF, and evaluate simple baselines for each setup. Finally, we propose an extension of the existing MAPF benchmark in the form of different ways to distribute the agents’ source and target locations.