[Couenne] Couenne stable release 0.4

Pietro Belotti pbelott at clemson.edu
Mon Aug 8 05:13:15 EDT 2011

Dear Couenne users,

this is to announce the 0.4 stable version of Couenne. There are a number 
of additions and improvements, including:

1) a Feasibility Pump heuristic for non-convex MINLP, developed with Timo 
Berthold at the ZIB institute.

2) Orbital Branching for MINLP, developed with Jim Ostrowski and Leo 

3) Fixed Point Bound tightening, a bound reduction procedure developed 
with Sonia Cafieri, Jon Lee, and Leo Liberti.

4) "semi-auxiliaries", i.e., auxiliary variables defined as y >= f(x) or y 
<= f(x) instead of just y = f(x). The purpose is to save on the number of 
auxiliaries generated and hence on the size of the LP relaxation.

5) "Two-Implied bound tightening", a new bound reduction procedure 
described in http://www.optimization-online.org/DB_FILE/2011/02/2931.pdf

6) various bug fixes.

Release 0.4.0 is a snapshot of the new stable version. The new features 
will soon be documented in Couenne's user manual, available at 

Happy MINLPing,

Pietro Belotti
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
Clemson University
email: pbelott at clemson.edu
phone: 864-656-6765
web:   myweb.clemson.edu/~pbelott

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