Numerical experience with a recursive trust-region method for multilevel nonlinear bound-constrained optimization

Serge Gratton, Mélodie Mouffe, Annick Sartenaer, Philippe Toint, Dimitri Tomanos

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We consider an implementation of the recursive multilevel trust-region algorithm proposed by Gratton et al. (A recursive trust-region method in infinity norm for bound-constrained nonlinear optimization, IMA J. Numer. Anal. 28(4) (2008), pp. 827-861) for bound-constrained nonlinear problems, and provide numerical experience on multilevel test problems. A suitable choice of the algorithm's parameters is identified on these problems, yielding a satisfactory compromise between reliability and efficiency. The resulting default algorithm is then compared with alternative optimization techniques such as mesh refinement and direct solution of the fine-level problem. It is also shown that its behaviour is similar to that of multigrid algorithms for linear systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-386
Number of pages28
JournalOptimization Methods and Software
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


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