ILOG Concert technology unifies optimisation methods

ILOG has released ILOG Concert Technology, a C++ optimisation modelling library and interface.

ILOG has released ILOG Concert Technology, a C++ optimisation modelling library and interface that will provide a foundation for new optimisation applications while making existing applications run faster. ILOG Concert Technology is integrated into the latest versions of ILOG’s two optimisation solving engines, ILOG CPLEX 7.0 and ILOG Solver 5.0 and upgrades of the ILOG Optimisation Suite.

ILOG Concert Technology unifies the two primary optimisation methods, constraint programming (CP) and math programming (MP). Using the new technology ‘bridge,’ developers can employ the best of both optimisation methods to solve new classes of optimisation problems — without having to learn different software techniques. Also part of today’s announcement is a 60 percent performance improvement in the new ILOG CPLEX 7.0.

Optimisation software helps businesses in different industries make the best decisions given their resources and a wide range of possible choices. Decisions such as the most efficient way to sequence an automotive assembly line, the best way to bottle beer or the earliest real delivery date for a customer order – have all been made after using optimisation software. Optimisation is also being used on the web to enable customer self service applications.

ILOG Concert Technology is expected to help bridge the gulf between operations research (OR) professionals and software development teams. Leading companies frequently employ OR professionals to develop planning models, but must rely on software developers to integrate these models into a software application. ILOG Concert Technology allows optimisation models implemented in C++ to be expressed in a format familiar to OR professionals, shortening deployment cycles.

This new technology also provides a building block for blending long-term planning, traditionally the domain of the OR realm, and short-term decision making, which characterises many uses of CP technology. The traditional divide between CP’s scheduling orientation and MP’s planning orientation presents very different approaches to problem solving. The Web’s e-business environment is blurring the lines between these two areas, driving the need for tools that offer benefits to both.

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