Asymptotic optimality of Tailored Base-Surge policies in dual-sourcing inventory systems

Dual-sourcing inventory systems, in which one supplier is faster (i.e. express) and more costly, while the other is slower (i.e. regular) and cheaper, arise naturally in many real-world supply chains. These systems are notoriously difficult to optimize due to the complex structure of the optimal solution and the curse of dimensionality, having resisted solution for … Read more

Optimality gap of constant-order policies decays exponentially in the lead time for lost sales models

Inventory models with lost sales and large lead times have traditionally been considered intractable due to the curse of dimensionality. Recently, Goldberg and co-authors laid the foundations for a new approach to solving these models, by proving that as the lead time grows large, a simple constant-order policy is asymptotically optimal. However, the bounds proven … Read more

On fast integration to steady state and earlier times

The integration to steady state of many initial value ODEs and PDEs using the forward Euler method can alternatively be considered as gradient descent for an associated minimization problem. Greedy algorithms such as steepest descent for determining the step size are as slow to reach steady state as is forward Euler integration with the best … Read more