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IBM developerWorks: Problem solving with Common Optimization INterface (COIN) source code

Aug 08, 2000, 17:31 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Common Optimization INterface (COIN) is a new open source project that developers can use to build optimization solutions. IBM mathematical optimization researchers are opening the code they use in finding the optimal allocation of limited resources. The code has many applications in a variety of industries."

"COIN is an experiment to promote open source in the operations research community. IBM is kicking off the experiment by establishing a repository for source code and opening software to initially populate the repository. The COIN team wants the community of users to contribute by developing new code, reviewing and testing existing code, and submitting and fixing bugs. The goal is to have project controlled by the community, rather than by the IBM researchers."

"This open source project is part of an effort to make the science appeal to a broader audience. Although the science has been around for over 50 years, only recently has the community started to reach out using the Web. In June, the e-optimization.com site was launched, which describes itself as "a vendor-neutral site devoted to elucidating the mysteries of optimization for the business community." IBM is also involved as a sponsor of the site."

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