Towards Multi-tree Methods for Large-Scale Global Optimization

  • Pavlo MutsEmail author
  • Ivo Nowak
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 991)


In this paper, we present a new multi-tree approach for solving large scale Global Optimization Problems (GOP), called DECOA (Decomposition-based Outer Approximation). DECOA is based on decomposing a GOP into sub-problems, which are coupled by linear constraints. It computes a solution by alternately solving sub- and master-problems using Branch-and-Bound (BB). Since DECOA does not use a single (global) BB-tree, it is called a multi-tree algorithm. After formulating a GOP as a block-separable MINLP, we describe how piecewise linear Outer Approximations (OA) can be computed by reformulating nonconvex functions as a Difference of Convex functions. This is followed by a description of the main- and sub-algorithms of DECOA, including a decomposition-based heuristic for finding solution candidates. Finally, we present preliminary results with MINLPs and conclusions.


Global optimization Decomposition method Mixed-integer nonlinear programming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany

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