To efficiently derive bounds for large-scale instances of the capacitated fixed-charge network design problem, Lagrangian relaxations appear promising. This paper presents the results of comprehensive experiments aimed at calibrating and comparing bundle and subgradient methods applied to the optimization of Lagrangian duals arising from two Lagrangian relaxations. This study substantiates the fact that bundle methods appear superior to subgradient approaches because they converge faster and are more robust relative to different relaxations, problem characteristics, and selection of the initial parameter values. It also demonstrates that effective lower bounds may be computed efficiently for large-scale instances of the capacitated fixed-charge network design problem. Indeed, in a fraction of the time required by a standard simplex approach to solve the linear programming relaxation, the methods we present attain very high quality solutions.

Bundle-based Relaxation Methods for Multicommodity Capacitated Fixed Charge Network Design Problems

FRANGIONI, ANTONIO;
2001-01-01

Abstract

To efficiently derive bounds for large-scale instances of the capacitated fixed-charge network design problem, Lagrangian relaxations appear promising. This paper presents the results of comprehensive experiments aimed at calibrating and comparing bundle and subgradient methods applied to the optimization of Lagrangian duals arising from two Lagrangian relaxations. This study substantiates the fact that bundle methods appear superior to subgradient approaches because they converge faster and are more robust relative to different relaxations, problem characteristics, and selection of the initial parameter values. It also demonstrates that effective lower bounds may be computed efficiently for large-scale instances of the capacitated fixed-charge network design problem. Indeed, in a fraction of the time required by a standard simplex approach to solve the linear programming relaxation, the methods we present attain very high quality solutions.
Crainic, T. G.; Frangioni, Antonio; Gendron, B.
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