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SCIP-JACK is a customized, branch-and-cut based solver for Steiner tree and related problems. ug [SCIP-JACK, MPI] extends SCIP-JACK to a massively par- allel solver by using the Ubiquity Generator (UG) framework. ug [SCIP-JACK, MPI] was the only solver that could run on a distributed environment at the (latest) 11th DIMACS Challenge in 2014. Furthermore, it could solve three well-known open instances and updated 14 best known solutions to instances from the bench- mark libary STEINLIB. After the DIMACS Challenge, SCIP-JACK has been con- siderably improved. However, the improvements were not reflected on ug [SCIP- JACK, MPI]. This paper describes an updated version of ug [SCIP-JACK, MPI], especially branching on constrains and a customized racing ramp-up. Furthermore, the different stages of the solution process on a supercomputer are described in detail. We also show the latest results on open instances from the STEINLIB.

Calculation of clinch and elimination numbers for sports leagues with multiple tiebreaking criteria
(2018)

The clinch (elimination) number is a minimal number of future wins (losses) needed to clinch (to be eliminated from) a specified place in a sports league. Several optimization models and computational results are shown in this paper for calculating clinch and elimination numbers in the presence of predefined multiple tiebreaking criteria. The main subject of this paper is to provide a general algorithmic framework based on integer programming with utilizing possibly multilayered upper and lower bounds.

Mixed integer linear programming (MIP) is a general form to model combinatorial optimization problems and has many industrial applications. The performance of MIP solvers has improved tremendously in the last two decades and these solvers have been used to solve many real-word problems. However, against the backdrop of modern computer technology, parallelization is of pivotal importance. In this way, ParaSCIP is the most successful parallel MIP solver in terms of solving previously unsolvable instances from the well-known benchmark instance set MIPLIB by using supercomputers. It solved two instances from MIPLIB2003 and 12 from MIPLIB2010 for the first time to optimality by using up to 80,000 cores on supercomputers. ParaSCIP has been developed by using the Ubiquity Generator (UG) framework, which is a general software package to parallelize any state-of-the-art branch-and-bound based solver. This paper discusses 7 years of progress in parallelizing branch-and-bound solvers with UG.

PIPS-SBB is a distributed-memory parallel solver with a scalable data distribution paradigm. It is designed to solve MIPs with a dual-block angular structure, which is characteristic of deterministic-equivalent Stochastic Mixed-Integer Programs (SMIPs). In this paper, we present two different parallelizations of Branch & Bound (B&B), implementing both as extensions of PIPS-SBB, thus adding an additional layer of parallelism. In the first of the proposed frameworks, PIPS-PSBB, the coordination and load-balancing of the different optimization workers is done in a decentralized fashion. This new framework is designed to ensure all available cores are processing the most promising parts of the B&B tree. The second, ug[PIPS-SBB,MPI], is a parallel implementation using the Ubiquity Generator (UG), a universal framework for parallelizing B&B tree search that has been successfully applied to other MIP solvers. We show the effects of leveraging multiple levels of parallelism in potentially improving scaling performance beyond thousands of cores.

It is shown how piecewise differentiable functions \(F: R^n → R^m\) that are defined by evaluation programs can be approximated locally by a piecewise linear model based on a pair of sample points x̌ and x̂. We show that the discrepancy between function and model at any point x is of the bilinear order O(||x − x̌|| ||x − x̂||). This is a little surprising since x ∈ R^n may vary over the whole Euclidean space, and we utilize only two function samples F̌ = F(x̌) and F̂ = F(x̂), as well as the intermediates computed during their evaluation. As an application of the piecewise linearization procedure we devise a generalized Newton’s method based on successive piecewise linearization and prove for it sufficient conditions for convergence and convergence rates equaling those of semismooth Newton. We conclude with the derivation of formulas for the numerically stable implementation of the aforedeveloped piecewise linearization methods.

This paper describes how we solved 12 previously unsolved mixed-integer program-
ming (MIP) instances from the MIPLIB benchmark sets. To achieve these results we
used an enhanced version of ParaSCIP, setting a new record for the largest scale MIP
computation: up to 80,000 cores in parallel on the Titan supercomputer. In this paper
we describe the basic parallelization mechanism of ParaSCIP, improvements of the
dynamic load balancing and novel techniques to exploit the power of parallelization
for MIP solving. We give a detailed overview of computing times and statistics for
solving open MIPLIB instances.

Rising traffic in telecommunication networks lead to rising energy costs for the network operators. Meanwhile, increased flexibility of the networking hardware may help to realize load-adaptive operation of the networks to cut operation costs. To meet network operators’ concerns over stability, we propose to switch network configurations only a limited number of times per day. We present a method for the integrated computation of optimal switching times and network configurations that alternatingly solves mixed-integer programs and constrained shortest cycle problems in a certain graph. Similarly to the Branch & Bound Algorithm, it uses lower and upper bounds on the optimum value and allows for pivoting strategies to guide the computation and avoid the solution of irrelevant subproblems. The algorithm can act as a framework to be adapted and applied to suitable problems of different origin.

Many optimization problems can be modeled as Mixed Integer Programs (MIPs). In general, MIPs cannot be solved efficiently, since solving MIPs is NP-hard, see, e.g., Schrijver, 2003. Common methods for solving NP-hard problems are branch-and-bound and column generation. In the case of column generation, the original problem
becomes decomposed or re-formulated into one ore more smaller subproblems, which are easier to solve. Each of these subproblems is solved separately and recurrently, which can be interpreted as solving a sequence of optimization problems.
In this thesis, we consider a sequence of MIPs which only differ in the respective objective functions. Furthermore, we assume each of these MIPs get solved with a branch-and-bound algorithm. This thesis aims to figure out whether the solving process of a given sequence of MIPs can be accelerated by reoptimization. As reoptimization we understand starting the solving process
of a MIP of this sequence at a given frontier of a search tree corresponding to another MIP of this sequence.
At the beginning we introduce an LP-based branch-and-bound algorithm. This algorithm is inspired by the reoptimizing algorithm of Hiller, Klug, and the author of this
thesis, 2013. Since most of the state-of-the-art MIP
solvers come to decisions based on dual information, which leads to the loss of feasible solutions after changing the objective function, we present a technique to guarantee optimality despite using these information. A decision is based on a dual information if this decision is valid for at least one feasible solution, whereas a decision is based on a primal information if this decision is valid for all feasible solutions. Afterwards, we consider representing the search frontier of the tree by a set of nodes of a given size. We call this the Tree Compression Problem. Moreover, we present a criterion characterizing the similarity of two objective functions. To evaluate our approach of reoptimization we extend the well-known and well-maintained MIP solver SCIP to an LP-based branch-and-bound framework, introduce two heuristics for solving the Tree Compression Problem, and a primal heuristic which is especially fitted to column generation. Finally, we present computational experiments on several problem classes, e.g., the Vertex Coloring and k-Constrained Shortest Path. Our experiments show, that a straightforward reoptimization, i.e., without additional heuristics, provides no benefit in general. However, in combination with the techniques and methods presented in this thesis, we can accelerate the solving of a given sequence up to the factor 14. For this purpose it is essential to take the differences of the objective functions into account and to restart the reoptimization, i.e., solve the subproblem from scratch, if the objective functions are not similar enough. Finally, we discuss the possibility to parallelize the solving process of the search frontier at the beginning of each solving process.

We provide an overview of new theoretical results that we obtained while further investigating multiband robust optimization, a new model for robust optimization that we recently proposed to tackle uncertainty in mixed-integer linear programming. This new model extends and refines the classical Gamma-robustness model of Bertsimas and Sim and is particularly useful in the common case of arbitrary asymmetric distributions of the uncertainty. Here, we focus on uncertain 0-1 programs and we analyze their robust counterparts when the uncertainty is represented through a multiband set. Our investigations were inspired by the needs of our industrial partners in the research project ROBUKOM.

We investigate the Robust Multiperiod Network Design Problem, a generalization of the classical Capacitated Network Design Problem that additionally considers multiple design periods and provides solutions protected against traffic uncertainty.
Given the intrinsic difficulty of the problem, which proves challenging even for state-of-the art commercial solvers, we propose a hybrid primal heuristic based on the combination of ant colony optimization and an exact large neighborhood search. Computational experiments on a set of realistic instances from the SNDlib show that our heuristic can find solutions of extremely good quality with low optimality gap.

A central assumption in classical optimization is that all the input data of a
problem are exact. However, in many real-world problems, the input data are subject
to uncertainty. In such situations, neglecting uncertainty may lead to nominally optimal
solutions that are actually suboptimal or even infeasible. Robust optimization
offers a remedy for optimization under uncertainty by considering only the subset of
solutions protected against the data deviations. In this paper, we provide an overview
of the main theoretical results of multiband robustness, a new robust optimization
model that extends and refines the classical theory introduced by Bertsimas and Sim.
After introducing some new results for the special case of pure binary programs, we
focus on the harvest scheduling problem and show how multiband robustness can
be adopted to tackle the uncertainty affecting the volume of produced timber and
grant a reduction in the price of robustness.

We provide an overview of our main results about studying Linear Programming Problems whose coefficient matrix is subject to uncertainty and the uncertainty is modeled through a multi-band set. Such an uncertainty set generalizes the classical one proposed by Bertsimas and Sim and is particularly suitable in the common case of arbitrary non-symmetric distributions of the parameters. Our investigations were inspired by practical needs of our industrial partner in ongoing projects with focus on the design of robust telecommunications networks.

The rapid technological evolution of telecommunication networks demands service providers to regularly update their technology, with the aim of remaining competitive in the marketplace. However, upgrading the technology in a network is not a trivial task. New hardware components need to be installed in the network and during the installation network connectivity may be temporarily compromised. The Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology, whose upgrade is considered in here, shares fiber links among several optical connections and tearing down a single link may disrupt several optical connections at once. When the upgrades involve large parts of a network, typically not all links can be upgraded in parallel, which may lead to an unavoidable longer disruption of some connections. A bad scheduling of the overall endeavor, however, can dramatically increase the disconnection time of parts of the networks, causing extended service disruption. In this contribution, we study the problem of finding a schedule of the fiber link upgrades that minimizes the total service disruption time. To the best of our knowledge, this problem has not yet been formalized and investigated. The aim of our work is to close this gap by presenting a mathematical optimization model for the problem and an innovative solution algorithm that tackles the intrinsic difficulties of the problem. Computational experience on realistic instances completes our study. Our original investigations have been driven by real needs of DFN, operator of the German National Research and Education Network and our partner in the BMBF research project ROBUKOM (http://www.robukom.de/).

We propose a novel optimization model for resource assignment in heterogeneous wireless network. The model adopts two objective functions maximizing the number of served users and the minimum granted utility at once. A distinctive feature of our new model is to consider two consecutive time slots, in order to include handover as an additional decision dimension.
Furthermore, the solution algorithm that we propose refines a heuristic solution approach recently proposed in literature, by considering a real joint optimization of the considered resources. The simulation study shows that the new model leads to a significant reduction in handover frequency, when compared to a traditional scheme based on maximum SNR.

Recently, parallel computing environments have become significantly popular. In order to obtain the benefit of using parallel computing environments, we have to deploy our programs for these effectively. This paper focuses on a parallelization of SCIP (Solving Constraint Integer Programs), which is a MIP solver and constraint integer programming framework available in source code. There is a parallel extension of SCIP named ParaSCIP, which parallelizes SCIP on massively parallel distributed memory computing environments. This paper describes FiberSCIP, which is yet another parallel extension of SCIP to utilize multi-threaded parallel computation on shared memory computing environments, and has the following contributions: First, the basic concept of having two parallel extensions and the relationship between them and the parallelization framework provided by UG (Ubiquity Generator) is presented, including an implementation of deterministic parallelization. Second, the difficulties to achieve a good performance that utilizes all resources on an actual computing environment and the difficulties of performance evaluation of the parallel solvers are discussed. Third, a way to evaluate the performance of new algorithms and parameter settings of the parallel extensions is presented. Finally, current performance of FiberSCIP for solving mixed-integer linear programs (MIPs) and mixed-integer non-linear programs (MINLPs) in parallel is demonstrated.

The planning of a communication network is inevitably depending on the quality of both the planning tool and the demand forecast used. In this article, we show exemplarily how the emerging area of Robust Optimization can advance the network planning by a more accurate mathematical description of the demand uncertainty. After a general introduction of the concept and its application to a basic network design problem, we present two applications: multi-layer and mixed-line-rate network design. We conclude with a discussion of extensions of the robustness concept to increase the accuracy of handling uncertainties.

Heutzutage ist eine Vielzahl der mehrstöckigen Gebäude mit Personenaufzugsgruppen
ausgestattet. Uns wohl bekannt sind die sogenannten konventionellen Systeme. Bei
diesen Systemen betätigt jeder ankommende Passagier eine der beiden Richtungstasten
und teilt dem dahinterstehenden Steuerungsalgorithmus seine gewünschte Startetage
und Fahrtrichtung mit. Betreten wird der zuerst auf der Startetage ankommende Aufzug
mit gleicher Fahrtrichtung und ausreichend Kapazität. Die entsprechende Zieletage
wird dem System erst nach dem Betreten der Fahrgastkabine mitgeteilt. Neben diesen
konventionellen Systemen gibt es Aufzugsgruppen mit Zielrufsteuerung. Die Besonderheit
eines zielrufgesteuerten Systems ist, dass ein ankommender Passagier bereits auf
der Startetage seine gewünschte Zieletage angibt und eine Rückmeldung vom System
erhält, welchen Aufzug er nutzen soll. Diese Zuweisung durch das System hat das Ziel,
die Warte- und Reisezeiten der Passagiere zu minimieren. Ein wesentlicher Faktor bei
der Berechnung warte- und reisezeitminimaler Fahrpläne ist das momentane Verkehrsmuster.
Eine Einteilung der Verkehrsszenarien lässt sich am besten bei Bürogebäuden
vornehmen. So ist es typisch für die Morgenstunden, dass jeder Passagier auf einer
Zugangsebene seine Fahrt beginnt und alle Passagiere die gleiche Fahrtrichtung haben.
Unter einer Zugangsebene ist z. B. der Haupteingang oder ein Parkdeck zu verstehen.
Ein weiterer wesentlicher Punkt bei Zielrufsystemen ist die Art der Zuweisung der Passagiere
durch das System. Zum einen gibt es unmittelbar zuweisende (UZ-) Systeme.
In einem UZ-System wird nach jeder Ankunft eines Passagiers eine Momentaufnahme
des momentanen Verkehrs erstellt und es findet eine Neuplanung und Zuweisung statt.
Eine solche Momentaufnahme werden wir im späteren Verkauf als Schnappschussproblem
bezeichnen. Jeder Passagier bekommt im Anschluss an die Lösung des Schnappschussproblems
eine Mitteilung vom System, z. B. über ein Display, welchen Aufzug
er benutzen soll. Zum anderen gibt es verzögert zuweisende (VZ-) Systeme. In diesen
Systemen wird die Erstellung und Lösung eines Schnappschussproblems bis kurz vor
Ankunft eines Aufzuges auf einer Etage verzögert. In einem VZ-System teilt das System
allen wartenden Passagieren die geplanten Zieletagen des ankommenden Aufzugs mit.
Jeder Passagier, der einen Ruf getätigt hat und zu einer dieser Zieletagen fahren will,
kann jetzt diesen Aufzug betreten. Durch die Verzögerung muss im Vergleich zu einem
UZ-System eine weitaus größere Menge von Passagieren zugewiesen werden. Dadurch
kann der Lösungsprozess bedeutend aufwändiger werden. Vorteil eines VZ-Systems ist
hingegen der größere Freiheitsgrad bei der Optimierung, da aufgrund der späten Zuweisung
die weitere Verkehrsentwicklung mit einbezogen werden kann.
VZ-Systeme sind aufgrund des größeren Freiheitsgrades interessant für die
Praxis ist, wir uns demzufolge in dieser Arbeit mit einer effizienteren Lösung dieser
Art von Schnappschussproblemen befassen. Es genügt dabei den Lösungsprozess eines
Schnappschussproblems zu betrachten. Das Ziel ist eine Reduzierung der benötigten
Rechenzeit. Unter Reoptimierung verstehen wir die Konstruktion
zulässiger Spalten in den jeweiligen Iterationsrunden der Spaltengenerierung
innerhalb eines Schnappschussproblems. Als eine Iterationsrunde bezeichnet wir einer
Menge zulässiger Touren mit negativen reduzierten Kosten. Eine effiziente Reoptimierung
zeichnet sich durch die Wiederverwendung und Aufbereitung von Informationen
aus vorangegangenen Iterationsrunden desselben Schnappschussproblems aus. Zu den
wichtigen Informationen gehört der konstruierte Suchbaum der vorherigen Iterationsrunde
mit seinen ausgeloteten (abgeschnittenen) Blättern sowie konstruierten Touren
bzw. Spalten, welche in der Iterationsrunde ihrer Konstruktion nicht zur Lösung des
Teilproblems der Spaltengenerierung beitrugen. Eine solche Wiederverwendung und
Aufbereitung von Informationen nennen wir Warmstart.

This paper proposes a new method for probabilistic analysis of online algorithms. It is based on the notion of stochastic dominance. We develop the method for
the online bin coloring problem introduced by Krumke et al (2008). Using methods for the stochastic
comparison of Markov chains we establish the result that the performance of the online algorithm GreedyFit is stochastically better than the performance of the algorithm OneBin for any number of items processed. This result gives a more realistic
picture than competitive analysis and explains the behavior observed in simulations.

In the last 20 years competitive analysis has become the main tool for
analyzing the quality of online algorithms. Despite of this,
competitive analysis has also been criticized: It sometimes cannot
discriminate between algorithms that exhibit significantly different
empirical behavior, or it even favors an algorithm that is worse from
an empirical point of view. Therefore, there have been several
approaches to circumvent these drawbacks. In this survey, we discuss
probabilistic alternatives for competitive analysis.

In this paper we assess to which extent trenching costs of an FTTx network are unavoidable, even if technical side constraints are neglected. For that purpose we present an extended Steiner tree model. Using a variety of realistic problem instances we demonstrate that the total trenching cost can only be reduced by about 5 percent in realistic scenarios. This work has been funded by BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) within the program "KMU-innovativ".