[Ipopt] Unpredictable results with mac OS X Lion vecLib

Hecht Frédéric frederic.hecht at upmc.fr
Tue Mar 13 13:19:52 EDT 2012

I have make small patch in the IpBlas, because but in not on apple but in 
ipopt due to a miss understanding off the BLAS  limitation. 

the found  blas api in : 

remark, They are not correct API of the BLAS lib on net lib 

the  blas  API of DDOT , DCOPY, DAXPY
the  increment in array must be not zero 
otherwise the results will be unpredictable.

My patch are : 

This is a 5 minutes patch. 

the ffassert is just of the check  you can remove it. 

Le 13 mars 2012 à 13:50, Ray Zimmerman a écrit :

> I mentioned that Ipopt does not work with vecLib on Lion at https://projects.coin-or.org/Ipopt/wiki/Ipopt_on_Mac_OS_X. My solution was to use Goto BLAS, which performed almost as well in my tests on Snow Leopard.
> -- 
> Ray Zimmerman
> Senior Research Associate
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> On Mar 12, 2012, at 9:01 AM, Sylvain Auliac wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Professor Hecht and I encountered a strange (and bad) behaviour of ipopt while trying to give it an interface in the FEM solver freefem++ developed in our laboratory. These were mainly memory issues. Mr Hecht later found that it was due to some incompatibilities in the file : Ipopt-3.10.2/Ipopt/src/LinAlg/IpBlas.cpp. When used with mac OS X Lion's vecLib BLAS, some of the functions are passed values which lead to unpredictable results (as said in the following page :  http://www.mathkeisan.com/usersguide/man/dcopy.html).
>> I don't know if someone already reported this, but having found nothing about that while doing a quick search, I thought it would be a good thing to do it. 
>> Best regards.
>> Sylvain Auliac
>> Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions
>> Université Pierre et Marie Curie
>> mail: auliac at ann.jussieu.fr
>> tel : 01 44 27 71 70
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Frédéric Hecht       
Laboratoire  Jacques-Louis Lions,                        Université P&M Curie
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