ILOG, Brown University and MIT Press announce new global optimization technique
Book Numerica describes mathematical breakthrough; ILOG Numerica software tool available now
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 1997--At the INFORMS conference held here today, ILOG, Brown University and MIT Press jointly announced a new global optimization technique called Numerica.
Developed at Brown by Dr. Pascal Van Hentenryck and described in the book Numerica by Van Hentenryck, Laurent Michel and Yves Deville, the new technique is also implemented in a new software tool called ILOG Numerica and now available in early release form, online from ILOG.
"Ilog Numerica is a unique and powerful tool for global optimization in business and academia," said Jacob Feldman, director of IntelEngine, a New Jersey-based optimization software consulting firm. "Its modeling language allows you to naturally express complex business problems in terms of nonlinear constraints. Its powerful combination of numerical methods with constraint satisfaction techniques provides very efficient search algorithms. And you can get and customize solutions via its simple graphical user interface without being a programming or math guru."
"Numerica incorporates recent advances in the fields of constraint-based programming and numerical analysis into a powerful and relatively simple desktop software tool," explained David Taber, vice president of marketing at ILOG. "Highly nonlinear problems, which were previously beyond the scope of all but the most powerful computer systems, can now be solved quickly and easily on a standard PC.
"For example, the fields of chemical and electrical engineering frequently present nonlinear problems which may by nature have many possible solutions or no possible solution, and thus frustrate traditional mathematical models. These can now be modeled and solved easily with Numerica. The beta release of ILOG Numerica is available now, free of charge through September 1997, for the major Unix and Windows platforms, to the first 500 downloads from www.ilog.com."
"MIT Press is pleased to see commercial implementation of advanced technology from research," said Bob Prior of MIT Press. "We believe ILOG Numerica and our new book on Numerical Optimization will be perfect complements to each other."
"Numerica is a very impressive system, incorporating the latest technology for smooth constraint and optimization problems, and a significant milestone in computer science and applied math," said William J. Older of the Computing Technology Lab, Northern Telecom, in Ottawa. "The authors provide a manual for users of the Numerica system (solution of semi-algebraic and some semi-analytic variety problems over the reals using interval arithmetic). It is a substantial and useful addition in an important market."
ILOG is a leading provider of advanced software components for graphics and resource optimization. ILOG's products enable: high-performance data-visualization for 2D and 3D user interfaces; constraint-based reasoning systems for resource optimization, scheduling, logistics and planning applications; dynamic rule systems for intelligent agents and real-time data flow control; and component services for integrating C++ modules with real-time and relational data sources. ILOG S.A. was founded in 1987, now employs approximately 260 people worldwide, and is traded on NASDAQ NMS under the symbol ILOGY. ILOG is a registered trademark of ILOG S.A. ÃÂ ABOUT MIT PRESS
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press is one of the largest American university publishers of books and journals, and it is also the only one focused on science and technology. Committed to exploring new fields and new modes of inquiry, MIT Press publishes about 200 new books a year and over 40 journals. MIT Press is a major force in fields as diverse as computational science, architecture, social theory, economics, cognitive science, and linguistics. Now in its 71st year of publishing, MIT press recently celebrate publication of its 5000th book title. Our web site is http://www-mitpress.mit.edu/; information about the book Numerica is available at http://www-mitpress.mit.edu/mitp/recent-books/comp/vannp.html.
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To access Numerica Information on ILOG.com ÃÂView the data sheet for a general product overview. ÃÂDownload the free beta version for Windows NT, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, DEC OSF/1 or SGI IRIX. ÃÂTry the online demo where you can solve equations via your web browser! ÃÂAccess the online, HTML usersÃÂ manual.
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