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1ALPS Version 1.4 README
2=======================
3
4Welcome to ALPS. Alps is distributed under the Eclipse Public License and is
5freely redistributable. All source code and documentation is Copyright
62001-2013 by Lehigh University, Yan Xu, and Ted Ralphs. This README may be
7distributed freely.
8
9WHAT IS ALPS
10============
11
12Alps is a framework for implementing parallel graph search algorithms. Its
13methodology generalizes many of the notions of an LP-based branch-and-bound
14algorithm, allowing the implementation of a wide range of algorithms with a
15simplified interface. Alps implements the search handling methods required for
16implementing large-scale, data-intensive parallel search algorithms, such as
17those used for solving discrete optimization problems. It is the base layer of
18the CHiPPS (COIN High Performance Parallel Search) library hierarchy that will
19includes a library for solving mixed integer linear programs (BLIS).
20
21PROJECT WEB PAGE
22================
23
24https://projects.coin-or.org/CHiPPS
25
26DOCUMENTATION
27=============
28
29The html documentation of the classes in Alps (See INSTALL) can be created
30readily. A user's guide that is under preparation can show users how to
31develop an application based Alps and how to use existing applications.
32
33INSTALLATION
34============
35
36Please see the INSTALL file for a guide to install Alps.
37
38CURRENT TESTING STATUS
39======================
40
411. Configurations
42   - Serial: Well tested.
43   - LAMMPI: Well tested.
44   - MPICH: Well tested.
45
462. Applications (See INSTALL)
47   - Abc: Alps Branch and Cut (A simple generic MILP solver): Well tested.
48   - Knap: Knapsack solver: Well tested.
49
50SUPPORT
51=======
52
531. Authors
54
55Source Code:
56
57Yan Xu (yax2@lehigh.edu)
58Ted Ralphs (ted@lehigh.edu), Project Manager
59
60Original Conceptual Design:
61
62Yan Xu (yax2@lehigh.edu)
63Ted Ralphs (ted@lehigh.edu), Project Manager
64Laci Ladanyi (ladanyi@us.ibm.com)
65Matt Saltzman (mjs@clemson.edu)
66
672. List Serve
68
69Alps users should use the CHiPPS mailing list. To subscribe, go to
70http://list.coin-or.org/mailman/listinfo/chipps
71
723. Bug Reports
73
74Bug reports should be reported on the CHiPPS development web site at
75
76https://projects.coin-or.org/CHiPPS/newticket
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