Marco Lübbecke (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

GCG: A generic Branch-Price-and-Cut solver
Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 15.30, JCMB 6206


We implemented GCG, a branch-price-and-cut solver based on the branch-price-and-cut framework SCIP. Given a MIP, the solver performs a Dantzig-Wolfe reformulation (based on user input, or in some cases the solver suggests a reformulation), does column generation and full branch-price-and-cut. GCG inherits advanced MIP solving features from SCIP, like presolving, propagation, (combinatorial) cutting planes, pseudo-costs, etc. A number of additional plugins are implemented which are specific to exploiting the availability of having an original compact and an extended column generation formulation, like primal heuristics or branching rules. We report on computational experiments on a number of applications and discuss what can be learned from a generic solver.

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