Interactive MCDM Support System in the Internet
NIMBUS is an interactive multiobjective optimization system. Among other things, it is capable of solving complicated real-world applications involving nondifferentiable and nonconvex functions. We describe an implementation of NIMBUS operating in the Internet, where the World- Wide Web (WWW) provides a graphical user interface. Different kind of visualizations of alternatives produced are available for aiding in the solution process.
WWW-NIMBUS is a pioneering interactive optimization system in the Internet. The main principles of the implementation have been centralized computing and distributed interface. Typically, the delivery and update of any software is problematic. Limited computer capacity may also restrict the range of applications. Via the Internet, the calculations can always be performed with the latest version and a modest microcomputer may have capabilities of a mainframe computer. No special tools, compilers or software besides a WWW browser are needed in order to utilize WWW-NIMBUS.
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