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Efficient serial and parallel coordinate descent methods for huge-scale truss topology design

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOperations Research Proceedings 2011
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers of the International Conference on Operations Research (OR 2011), August 30 - September 2 2011, Zurich, Switzerland
PublisherSpringerLink
Pages27-32
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StatePublished - 2012

Abstract

In this work we propose solving huge-scale instances of the truss topology
design problem with coordinate descent methods. We develop four efficient codes: serial and parallel implementations of randomized and greedy rules for the selection of the variable (potential bar) to be updated in the next iteration. Both serial methods enjoy an O(n/k) iteration complexity guarantee, where n is the number of potential bars and k the iteration counter. Our parallel implementations, written in CUDA and running on a graphical processing unit (GPU), are capable of speedups of up to two orders of magnitude when compared to their serial counterparts. Numerical experiments were performed on instances with up to 30 million potential bars.

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