260828 Globally Optimizing Mixed-Integer Quadratically-Constrained Quadratic Programs: Advances in Glomiqo

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 8:50 AM
327 (Convention Center )
Christodoulos A. Floudas and Ruth Misener, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Major applications of mixed-integer quadratically-constrained quadratic optimization problems (MIQCQP) include quality blending in process networks, separating objects in computational geometry, and portfolio optimization in finance [10]. Specific instantiations of MIQCQP in process networks optimization problems include: pooling problems, distillation sequences, wastewater treatment and total water systems, hybrid energy systems, heat exchanger networks, reactor-separator-recycle systems, separation systems, data reconciliation, batch processes, crude oil scheduling, and natural gas production. Computational geometry problems formulated as MIQCQP include: point packing, cutting convex shapes from rectangles, maximizing the area of a convex polygon, and chip layout and compaction. Portfolio optimization in financial engineering can also be formulated as MIQCQP.

We consider a general framework for deterministically addressing MIQCQP to epsilon-global optimality [9, 10]. Algorithmic components include: reformulating user input, detecting special mathematical structure, generating tight convex relaxations, dynamically adding separating cuts, partitioning the search space, bounding variables, and finding feasible solutions. We consider individual solution strategies and their practical interaction.

We discuss computational experience with the Global Mixed-Integer Quadratic Optimizer, GloMIQO. GloMIQO is validated against a MIQCQP test suite including the following problem classes: process networks; computational geometry; maximum clique; quadratic assignment. We also address standard test library examples from MINLPLib [4], GLOBALLib [5, 7], PerformanceLib, www.minlp.org, and the Bonmin test set [3].

New components in GloMIQO include integrating a validated interval arithmetic library, dynamically adding separating hyperplanes, addressing discrete/discrete and discrete/continuous products, selectively adding bilinear terms to the model for advanced application of the Reformulation-Linearization Technique (RLT) [6], eliminating bilinear terms based on knapsack constraint inferences, and removing RLT equations to expedite the search for feasible solutions. With respect to the cutting planes, we highlight the inherit complementarity between globally valid cuts derived from alpha BB convexification [1, 2] and locally valid cuts based on higher-order (4 - 7D) edge-concave expressions [8, 11, 12].


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