The G12 project: mapping solver independent models to efficient solutions

Peter J Stuckey, Maria Jose Garcia De La Banda, Michael Maher, Kimbal George Marriott, John Slaney, Zoltan Somogyi, Mark Wallace, Toby Walsh

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    The G12 project recently started by National IGT Australia (NICTA) is an ambitious project to develop a software platform for solving large scale industrial combinatorial optimisation problems. The core design involves three languages: Zinc, Cadmium and Mercury (Group 12 of the periodic table). Zinc is a declarative modelling language for expressing problems, independent of any solving methodology. Cadmium is a mapping language for mapping Zinc models to underlying solvers and/or search strategies, including hybrid approaches. Finally, existing Mercury will be extended as a language for building extensible and hybridimble solvers. The same Zinc model, used with different Cadmium mappings, will allow us to experiment with different complete, local, or hybrid search approaches for the same problem. This talk will explain the G12 global design, the final G12 objectives, and our progress so far.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Constraint Programming - CP 2005
    Subtitle of host publication11th International Conference, CP 2005 Sitges, Spain, October 1-5, 2005 Proceedings
    EditorsPeter van Beek
    Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)3540292381, 9783540292388
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventInternational Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming 2005 - Sitges Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 1 Oct 20054 Oct 2005
    Conference number: 11th (Conference Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming 2005
    Abbreviated titleCP 2005
    CitySitges Barcelona
    Internet address

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