Solution of Large-Scale Supply Chain Models using Graph Sampling Coarsening [article]

Jiaze Ma, Victor M. Zavala
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We present a graph sampling and coarsening scheme (gSC) for computing lower and upper bounds for large-scale supply chain models. An edge sampling scheme is used to build a low-complexity problem that is used to finding an approximate (but feasible) solution for the original model and to compute a lower bound (for a maximization problem). This scheme is similar in spirit to the so-called sample average approximation scheme, which is widely used for the solution of stochastic programs. A graph
more » ... arsening (aggregation) scheme is used to compute an upper bound and to estimate the optimality gap of the approximate solution. The coarsening scheme uses node sampling to select a small set of support nodes that are used to guide node/edge aggregation and we show that the coarsened model provides a relaxation of the original model and a valid upper bound. We provide numerical evidence that gSC can yield significant improvements in solution time and memory usage over state-of-the-art solvers. Specifically, we study a supply chain design model (a mixed-integer linear program) that contains over 38 million variables and show that gSC finds a solution with an optimality gap of <0.5% in less than 22 minutes.
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