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Optimization Server Reaches Two Million Milestone

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Two million problems have now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy's Networked-Enabled Optimization System (NEOS). A decade ago, there were less than 18,000 submissions for the NEOS technology.

Developed by researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory in conjunction with Northwestern University, NEOS makes it possible for engineers, scientists, businesses, and students to obtain solutions to optimization problems in hours, rather than days. Users access NEOS via Web tools, remote procedure calls, and email. After selecting a program or "solver" for the problem, NEOS compiles all subroutines, links to libraries, and carries out computations. NEOS then sends the solution and various runtime statistics to the researcher.

Students and faculty at the undergraduate and graduate levels are increasingly using NEOS as well. "By providing free access to the most recent and best optimization software, NEOS enables students to experiment with a broad variety of solvers and to attack problems substantially larger than typical classroom examples," says NEOS architect Todd Munson.

From Argonne National Laboratory
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