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Illinois Researchers Break Billion Variable Optimization Barrier

January 19, 2007

News thumbnail of graph Researchers using theories of scalability and implementation techniques and specially programmed genetic algorithms--search procedures based on natural selection and genetics--have achieved efficient, scalable solutions for difficult optimization problems containing over a billion variables. Full Story

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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