LMBOPT — a limited memory method for bound-constrained optimization

Recently, Neumaier and Azmi gave a comprehensive convergence theory for a generic algorithm for bound constrained optimization problems with a continuously differentiable objective function. The algorithm combines an active set strategy with a gradient-free line search CLS along a piecewise linear search path defined by directions chosen to reduce zigzagging. This paper describes LMBOPT, an efficient implementation of this scheme. It employs new limited memory techniques for computing the search directions, improves CLS by adding various safeguards relevant when finite precision arithmetic is used, and adds many practical enhancements in other details. The paper compares LMBOPT and many other solvers on the unconstrained and bound constrained problems from the CUTEst collection and makes recommendations on which solver to use and when. Depending on the problem class, the problem dimension, and the precise goal, the best solvers are LMBOPT, ASACG, and LMBFG-EIG-MS.



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