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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
2<qandaentry>
3  <question>
4  <para>
5  What is <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/faqs.html#CBC">CBC</ulink>?
6  </para>
7  </question>
8  <answer>
9  <para>
10  The <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/">COIN-OR</ulink> Branch and Cut code
11  is designed to be a high quality mixed integer code provided under the terms of the
12  <ulink url="http://opensource.org/licenses/eclipse-1.0.php">Eclipse Public License</ulink>.
13  CBC is written in C++, and is primarily intended to be used as a callable
14  library (though a rudimentary stand-alone executable exists).
15  The first documented release was .90.0  The current release is version .90.0. (JF 04/01/05)
16  </para>
17  </answer>
18</qandaentry>
19<qandaentry>
20  <question>
21  <para>
22  What are some of the features of CBC?
23  </para>
24  </question>
25  <answer>
26  <para>
27  CBC allows the use of any CGL cuts and the use of heuristics and
28   specialized branching methods. (JF 04/01/05)
29  </para>
30  </answer>
31</qandaentry>
32<qandaentry>
33  <question>
34  <para>
35  How do I obtain and install CBC?
36  </para>
37  </question>
38  <answer>
39  <para>
40  Please see the
41  <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/faqs.html">COIN-OR FAQ</ulink>
42  for details on how to
43  <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/faqs.html#ObtainSrcCode">obtain</ulink>
44  and
45  <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/faqs.html#BuildCode">install</ulink>
46  COIN-OR modules. (JF 04/01/05)
47  </para>
48  </answer>
49</qandaentry>
50<qandaentry>
51  <question>
52  <para>
53  Is CBC reliable?
54  </para>
55  </question>
56  <answer>
57  <para>
58  CBC has been tested on many problems,
59  but more testing and improvement is needed before it can get to version 1.0. (JF 04/01/05)
60  </para>
61  </answer>
62</qandaentry>
63<qandaentry>
64  <question>
65  <para>
66  Is there any documentation for CBC? 
67  </para>
68  </question>
69  <answer>
70  <para>
71  If you can see this you have the best there is:-)
72  Also available is a list of
73  <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/Doxygen/Cbc/">CBC class descriptions</ulink> generated
74  by <ulink url="http://www.doxygen.org">Doxygen</ulink>. (JF 04/01/05)
75  </para>
76  </answer>
77</qandaentry>
78<qandaentry>
79  <question>
80  <para>
81  Is CBC as fast as Cplex or Xpress?
82  </para>
83  </question>
84  <answer>
85  <para>
86   No. However its design is much more flexible so advanced users
87   will be able to tailor CBC to their needs. (JF 04/01/05)
88  </para>
89  </answer>
90</qandaentry>
91<qandaentry>
92  <question>
93  <para>
94  When will version 1.0 of CBC be available? 
95  </para>
96  </question>
97  <answer>
98  <para>
99  It is expected that version 1.0 will be released in time for the 2005
100  <ulink url="http://www.informs.org">INFORMS</ulink> annual meeting. (JF 04/01/05)
101  </para>
102  </answer>
103</qandaentry>
104<qandaentry>
105  <question>
106  <para>
107  What can the community do to help?
108  </para>
109  </question>
110  <answer>
111  <para>
112  People from all around the world are already helping.  There are
113  probably ten people who do not always post to the discussion mail list but are constantly
114  "improving" the code by demanding performance or bug fixes or enhancements.  And there
115  are others posting questions to discussion groups. (JF 04/01/05)
116  </para>
117  <para>
118  A good start is to join the coin-discuss
119  <ulink url="http://www.coin-or.org/mail.html">mailing list</ulink> where CBC is discussed.  Some
120  other possibilities include:
121  </para>
122  <itemizedlist>
123  <listitem>
124  <para>
125  Comment on the design
126  </para>
127  </listitem>
128  <listitem>
129  <para>
130  Give feedback on the documentation and FAQs.
131  </para>
132  </listitem>
133  <listitem>
134  <para>
135  Break the code, or better yet -- mend it.
136  </para>
137  </listitem>
138 <listitem>
139  <para>
140  Tackle any of the "to-dos" listed in the Doxyen documentation and contribute back to COIN-OR.
141  </para>
142  </listitem>
143    </itemizedlist>
144  </answer>
145</qandaentry>
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