Computational Experience with a Software Framework for Parallel Integer Programming

In this paper, we discuss the challenges that arise in parallelizing algorithms for solving mixed integer linear programs and introduce a software framework that aims to address these challenges. The framework was designed specifically with support for implementation of relaxation-based branch-and-bound algorithms in mind. Achieving efficiency for such algorithms is particularly challenging and involves a … Read more

Vehicle routing and staffing for sedan service

We present the optimization component of a decision support system developed for a sedan service provider. The system assists supervisors and dispatchers in scheduling driver shifts and routing the fleet throughout the day to satisfy customer demands within tight time windows. We periodically take a snapshot of the dynamic data and formulate an integer program, … Read more

A Branch-and-Price Algorithm and New Test Problems for Spectrum Auctions

When combinatorial bidding is permitted in Spectrum Auctions, such as the upcoming FCC auction #31, the resulting winner-determination problem can be computationally challenging. We present a branch-and-price algorithm based on a set-packing formulation originally proposed by Dietrich and Forrest (2002). This formulation has a variable for every possible combination of winning bids for each bidder. … Read more

Branch and cut based on the volume algorithm: Steiner trees in graphs and max-cut

We present a Branch-and-Cut algorithm where the Volume Algorithm is applied to the linear programming relaxations arising at each node of the search tree. This means we use fast approximate solutions to these linear programs instead of exact but slower solutions given by the traditionally used dual simplex method. Our claim is that such a … Read more