NEOS Interfaces to MINOS

Sample Submissions


The NEOS Server offers MINOS for the solution of nonlinearly constrained optimization problems. Problems can be submitted to MINOS on the NEOS server in AMPL or GAMS format.

MINOS is designed to solve "smooth" nonlinear programming (NLP) problems. Smooth nonlinear functions can be accommodated in both the objective and the constraints; nonlinear equation systems may also be solved by omitting an objective. Nonsmooth nonlinearities are also accepted, but MINOS is not designed for them and in general will not produce reliable results when they are present. MINOS also offers a primal simplex method for linear programming (LP) problems.

MINOS is suitable for large constrained problems with a linear or nonlinear objective function and a mixture of linear and nonlinear constraints. It is most efficient if the constraints are linear and there are not too many degrees of freedom.

For linear programs, MINOS uses a stable implementation of the primal simplex method. For linearly constrained problems, a reduced-gradient method is employed with quasi-Newton approximations to the reduced Hessian. For nonlinear constraints, MINOS implements a sequential linearly constrained algorithm derived from Robinson's method. Step length control is heuristic, but superlinear convergence is often achieved.

MINOS was developed by Bruce A. Murtagh and Michael Saunders.

Further details on MINOS can be found in the MINOS User's Manual.

Using the NEOS Server for MINOS/AMPL

The user must submit a model in AMPL format. Examples are provided in the examples section of the AMPL website.

The problem must be specified in a model file. A data file and commands files may also be provided. If the commands file is specified, it must contain the AMPL solve command; however, it must not contain the model or data commands. The model and data files are renamed internally by NEOS.

The commands file may include option settings for the solver. To specify solver options, add

  option minos_options 'OPTIONS';
where OPTIONS is a list of one or more of the available solver options for AMPL.

Web Submission Form
Model File
Enter the location of the AMPL model (local file)
Data File
Enter the location of the AMPL data file (local file)
Commands File
Enter the location of the AMPL commands file (local file)
Additional Settings

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