Faster and More Flexible Solvers


The recently released What'sBest! 7.0 solves broad classes of problems faster and includes new tools to tackle tough nonlinear models.


New Global Solver

-- What'sBest! 7.0 can now find the mathematically proven global optimum on non-convex nonlinear models. Rather than stopping after the first local optimum is found, the global solver will search until the global optimum is confirmed. The nonlinear and global license options are required in order to utilize the global optimization capabilities with What'sBest!.


Multistart Capability

-- The new Multistart feature can be a powerful tool for finding good solutions to nonlinear models more quickly. This feature intelligently generates a set of candidate starting points in the solution space of nonlinear models and mixed integer nonlinear models. Then, the solver selects a subset of these candidate solutions to initialize a series of local optimization. For non-convex nonlinear models, the quality of the solution returned by the multistart solver will be superior to that of the general nonlinear solver. A user adjustable parameter controls the maximum number of multistarts to be performed. The nonlinear and global license options are required in order to utilize the multistart feature with What'sBest!.


Quadratic Recognition and Solver

-- Quadratic Programming (QP) models are a common class of nonlinear model that is encountered in applications such as financial portfolio analysis. The new QP recognition tool in this release of What'sBest! automatically determines if a nonlinear model is actually a quadratic model. If the model is linear with a quadratic objective, then it will be passed to the faster quadratic solver, which is available as part of the Barrier Solver option.


Faster Dual Solver

-- The improved Dual Simplex solver in What'sBest! 7.0 delivers substantially better performance. On broad classes of problems, the new solver can provide speed improvements up to 300%. The solver is also even more robust due to improved handling of degenerate and numerically unstable models.


Improved Integer Solver

-- The new integer solver benefits from a number of enhancements that boost performance on many classes of problems. A partial list of new features include:

More advanced probing/pre-solving --including lifting clique
Special pre-solving of rows containing all binary variables
Additional cut generation
Faster cut generation
Improved rounding heuristic
New enumeration solver for pure binary models
Many new user controllable parameters
Improved reduced cost fixing and bound tightening within the tree
Improved performance on mixed integer quadratic models


Improved Linearization Capabilities

-- This release improves handling and performance on models with non-smooth functions such as IF, MAX, MIN, and ABS as well as the product of a binary integer and continuous variable. Linearization can automatically convert these to a series of linear, mathematically equivalent expressions. Many non-smooth models may be entirely linearized. This allows the linear solver to quickly find a global solution to what would have otherwise been an intractable problem.

For general information on What'sBest!'s capabilities, visit our What'sBest! product page. To try a limited capacity version of What'sBest!, see our download page. To order a copy of What'sBest! or update an older version, go to our order page.

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