An Easy Way to Build Parallel State-of-the-art Combinatorial Optimization Problem Solvers: A Computational Study on Solving Steiner Tree Problems and Mixed Integer Semidefinite Programs by using ug[SCIP-*,*]-libraries

  • Branch-and-bound (B&B) is an algorithmic framework for solving NP-hard combinatorial optimization problems. Although several well-designed software frameworks for parallel B&B have been developed over the last two decades, there is very few literature about successfully solving previously intractable combinatorial optimization problem instances to optimality by using such frameworks.The main reason for this limited impact of parallel solvers is that the algorithmic improvements for specific problem types are significantly greater than performance gains obtained by parallelization in general. Therefore, in order to solve hard problem instances for the first time, one needs to accelerate state-of-the-art algorithm implementations. In this paper, we present a computational study for solving Steiner tree problems and mixed integer semidefinite programs in parallel. These state-of-the-art algorithm implementations are based on SCIP and were parallelized via the ug[SCIP-*,*]-libraries---by adding less than 200 lines of glue code. Despite the ease of their parallelization, these solvers have the potential to solve previously intractable instances. In this paper, we demonstrate the convenience of such a parallelization and present results for previously unsolvable instances from the well-known PUC benchmark set, widely regarded as the most difficult Steiner tree test set in the literature.

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Author:Yuji ShinanoORCiD, Daniel RehfeldtORCiD, Tristan Gally
Document Type:In Proceedings
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 9th IEEE Workshop Parallel / Distributed Combinatorics and Optimization
First Page:530
Last Page:541
Year of first publication:2019