Integration of Flexible Interfaces in Optimization Software Frameworks for Simulation-Based Optimization

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Abstract

Optimization of simulation parameters is an important task in many different sciences where simulation is used to model and analyze complex processes and behaviors. In this work it is shown how users, such as researchers, students, and practitioners can benefit from the integration of data-exchange-interfaces in optimization software system. The development of such an interface enables users to couple their own systems and use preimplemented algorithms for their application. The interface description is based on a unified protocol buffer approach which can be ported to further frameworks and optimization software systems. The benefits of a modular architecture, such as in the HeuristicLab optimization environment, will be examined under the light of a successful integration. HeuristicLab is available on the web under the GPL license, its application to the optimization of planning and control systems in manufacturing environments will be shown as a case study in this work. The concrete subject of the case study is a production scenario where different control strategies are used to plan different products. The question is whether machines should be dedicated to a certain control strategy or whether the machines should be shared. The quality is measured by the achieved service level and amounted inventory costs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGECCO'12 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Companion
PublisherACM Sigevo
Pages125-132
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1178-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventGenetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference GECCO 2012 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 7 Jul 201211 Jul 2012
http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2012/

Publication series

NameGECCO'12 - Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Companion

Conference

ConferenceGenetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference GECCO 2012
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period07.07.201211.07.2012
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Keywords

  • HeuristicLab
  • Metaheuristics
  • Protocol buffers
  • Simulationbased optimization

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