The Design and Structure of a Fortran Program Library for Optimization

Philip E. Gill, Walter Murray, Susan M. Picken, Maragret H. Wright

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The design principles and structure of an existing Fortran program library whose primary application Is to solve optunization problems are discussed m substantial detad Such a discussion not only helps to clarify the scope of application for potential users of the library, but also is useful for workers on other software projects. The fundamental objectives of the present library have been to produce sound, careful implementations of reliable methods that represent the state of the art in numencal optimization. The general Lmphcations of these overall design aims are presented, as well asispecific instances of the results of decisions to include particular desirable features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-283
Number of pages25
JournalACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1979


  • constramed optumzation
  • mathematical programming
  • nonlinear programramg
  • opttmlzation
  • program libraries
  • software design
  • software hbraries
  • unconstrained optmfizatlon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Applied Mathematics

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