We describe an implementation of nonsymmetric interior-point methods for linear cone programs defined by two types of matrix cones: the cone of positive semidefinite matrices with a given chordal sparsity pattern and its dual cone, the cone of chordal sparse matrices that have a positive semidefinite completion. The implementation takes advantage of fast recursive algorithms for evaluating the function values and derivatives of the logarithmic barrier functions for these cones.We present experimental results of two implementations, one of which is based on an augmented system approach, and a comparison with publicly available interior-point solvers for semidefinite programming.

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We present an alternating direction dual augmented Lagrangian method for solving semidefinite programming (SDP) problems in standard form. At each iteration, our basic algorithm minimizes the augmented Lagrangian function for the dual SDP problem sequentially, first with respect to the dual variables corresponding to the linear constraints, and then with respect to the dual slack variables, while in each minimization keeping the other variables fixed, and then finally it updates the Lagrange multipliers (i.e., primal variables). Convergence is proved by using a fixed-point argument. For SDPs with inequality constraints and positivity constraints, our algorithm is extended to separately minimize the dual augmented Lagrangian function over four sets of variables. Numerical results for frequency assignment, maximum stable set and binary integer quadratic programming problems demonstrate that our algorithms are robust and very efficient due to their ability or exploit special structures, such as sparsity and constraint orthogonality in these problems.

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Gomory mixed-integer (GMI) cuts are among the most effective cutting planes for general mixed-integer programs (MIP). They are traditionally generated from an optimal basis of a linear programming (LP) relaxation of a MIP. In this paper we propose a heuristic to generate useful GMI cuts from additional bases of the initial LP relaxation. The cuts we generate have rank one, i.e., they do not use previously generated GMI cuts. We demonstrate that for problems in MIPLIB 3.0 and MIPLIB 2003, the cuts we generate form an important subclass of all rank-1 mixed-integer rounding cuts. Further, we use our heuristic to generate globally valid rank-1 GMI cuts at nodes of a branch-and-cut tree and use these cuts to solve a difficult problem from MIPLIB 2003, namely timtab2, without using problem-specific cuts.

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This paper presents an exact algorithm for the identical parallel machine scheduling problem over a formulation where each variable is indexed by a pair of jobs and a completion time.We show that such a formulation can be handled, in spite of its huge number of variables, through a branch cut and price algorithm enhanced by a number of practical techniques, including a dynamic programming procedure to fix variables by Lagrangean bounds and dual stabilization. The resulting method permits the solution of many instances of the P||\sum{wj Tj} problem with up to 100 jobs, and having 2 or 4 machines. This is the first time that medium-sized instances of the P||\sum{wj Tj} have been solved to optimality.

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Sparse covariance selection problems can be formulated as logdeterminant (log-det) semidefinite programming (SDP) problems with large numbers of linear constraints. Standard primal–dual interior-point methods that are based on solving the Schur complement equation would encounter severe computational bottlenecks if they are applied to solve these SDPs. In this paper, we consider a customized inexact primal–dual path-following interior-point algorithm for solving large scale log-det SDP problems arising from sparse covariance selection problems. Our inexact algorithm solves the large and ill-conditioned linear system of equations in each iteration by a preconditioned iterative solver. By exploiting the structures in sparse covariance selection problems, we are able to design highly effective preconditioners to efficiently solve the large and ill-conditioned linear systems. Numerical experiments on both synthetic and real covariance selection problems show that our algorithm is highly efficient and outperforms other existing algorithms.

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