Building and Solving Large-Scale Stochastic Programs on an Affordable Distributed Computing System

Emmanuel Fragnière, Jacek Gondzio, Jean Philippe Vial

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We present an integrated procedure to build and solve big stochastic programming models. The individual components of the system - the modeling language, the solver and the hardware - are easily accessible, or a least affordable to a large audience. The procedure is applied to a simple financial model, which can be expanded to arbitrarily large sizes by enlarging the number of scenarios. We generated a model with one million scenarios, whose deterministic equivalent linear program has 1,111,112 constraints and 2,555,556 variables. We have been able to solve it on the cluster of ten PCs in less than 3 hours.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-187
Number of pages21
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000


  • Algebraic modeling language
  • Decomposition methods
  • Distributed systems
  • Large-scale optimization
  • Stochastic programming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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