Global Optimization Toolbox: Better Optimization to Solve More Problems, Faster

Maplesoft (Waterloo, Canada) has released a major new version of its Maple Global Optimization Toolbox, which is now available from its partner in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts). The Toolbox is designed to solve a wide variety of optimisation problems in mathematics, engineering and the sciences; and this latest release harnesses the power of Optimus® technology from Noesis Solutions (Leuven, Belgium) to achieve faster solutions and expand the scope of problems this toolbox can solve.

The objective of global optimisation is to find the best possible solution in models that have a number of sub-optimal local solutions meeting requirements, but are not necessarily the best possible answer. Such problems can be very difficult to solve, and so engineers and researchers are often forced to settle for sub-optimal solutions. The result can be inferior designs and operations, and related expenses in terms of reliability, time, money and other resources. The Maple Global Optimization Toolbox provides a powerful set of global solvers that find the best possible solution to a problem, so compromises do not need to be made.

Leveraging the powerful, proven optimisation technology from Optimus, the Maple Global Optimization Toolbox is now even more powerful. It features new solver methods and many more options that allow customers to guide the search for the solution based on their knowledge of the particular problem. For example, customers can select different methods for locating promising new points in the design space or control the balance between computation speed and probability of success. Using these new methods and options, customers can reach their solutions faster and solve more problems than ever before.

“More and more, in today’s competitive environment, companies cannot settle for second-best when it comes to solving their design problems,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “They need the best possible solution to deliver the best, most cost-effective products to their customers. With the new Maple Global Optimization Toolbox powered by Optimus technology, customers will be able to determine the best solutions to their most challenging problems.”

“We are pleased that Maplesoft has chosen our industry-proven Optimus technology to develop their new Global Optimization Toolbox,” says Naji El Masri, Noesis Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer. “Thanks to its robustness, Optimus technology is increasingly being adopted by software development companies like Maplesoft to extend the power of their solutions. Inside Maple’s technical document environment, users can develop full solutions that include computations, documentation, visualisations, interactive applications and more. With the new Global Optimization Toolbox they can now also find the optimal design solution more quickly and effectively.”

The Maplesoft product range, including Maple, MapleSim and Maple T.A., is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries.

 About Maplesoft

Maplesoft, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co. Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modelling techniques. Combined together, these technologies enable the creation of cutting-edge tools for design, modelling and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft’s products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems;.

About Adept Scientific Ltd

Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at http://www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

About Noesis Solutions

Noesis Solutions, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co. Ltd. in Japan, is a simulation innovation partner to manufacturers in engineering-intense industries. Specialising in simulation process integration and numerical design optimisation, its flagship product Optimus helps customers like Audi, BMW, Snecma, Thales Alenia Space, Tyco Electronics, Volkswagen and others adopt an ‘Engineer by Objective’ development strategy, saving on design time while improving product performance.

Global Optimization with Maple: A new electronic book

This new electronic book, available from Adept Scientific, presents Maple – the world’s most advanced applied mathematical software for engineering and scientific applications – as an advanced model development and optimisation environment. Special emphasis is placed on solving multi-extremal models using the Global Optimization Toolbox™ for Maple™.

Designed for users of Maple in industry, commerce, research and education, the e-book demonstrates how Maple can provide an integrated platform for developing Operations Research/Management Science (ORMS) studies and applications. Following a brief introduction to ORMS, it presents an extensive collection of detailed numerical examples and illustrative case studies from the sciences and engineering. Users of the Maple Global Optimization Toolbox (an optional add-on to Maple) can gain hands-on experience of working with the numerical examples.

The Global Optimization with Maple electronic book – a collection of fully functional, hyperlinked worksheets – is published as part of the MapleConnect program. MapleConnect is a developer support program that enables Maple users to commercialise applications that they design and develop based on Maplesoft products. Like other MapleConnect products, it can be purchased as a downloadable product from the Adept Scientific WebStore at www.adeptstore.com.

Full details of the Maple range of software tools and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

New Global Optimization Toolbox for Maple

Powerful solution offers state-of-the-art algorithms for industrial-strength optimisation applications

Adept Scientific announces the latest addition to the Maple Professional Toolbox series. Maplesoft’s new Global Optimization Toolbox is an extension to the well-known and widely-used Maple technical software environment, providing Maple users with the tools to obtain the best possible answer to modelling problems that have many possible solutions, under complicated constraints. This power is delivered through the easiest to use environment in analytical software.

Optimisation models are easily defined using the powerful Maple numeric and symbolic system, and then quickly solved by the world-class numeric solvers provided by Maple. Within this environment, the user has the advantages of natural and flexible problem definition, syntax-free visualisations and technical knowledge management capabilities, making this a powerful tool for solving optimisation problems. Application areas include advanced engineering modelling, medical research, chemical processes and finance.

“Optimisation is one of the toughest computational challenges for engineers and scientists,” commented Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Chief Scientist at Maplesoft (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). “Maplesoft’s solution offers the most sophisticated, yet very easy to use, technology to meet these challenges.”

The latest version of the world’s leading mathematical software system, Maple 9.5 is the platform of choice for scientific and engineering problem-solving, mathematical exploration, data visualisation and technical authoring. Combining robust numeric solvers with industry-leading symbolics, Maple 9.5 offers comprehensive computing support for any activity involving mathematics, from teaching to engineering design.

Maple Professional Toolboxes extend the scope and functionality of Maple for specialised application areas in engineering, science and technical application development. Designed to work seamlessly with the core Maple product, these toolboxes use leading-edge technology to ensure users get maximum benefit from the world’s most powerful technical software platform.

Maple 9.5 and the Maple Professional Toolboxes are supplied and supported in the UK and Ireland by Adept Scientific plc, Amor Way, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 1ZA; telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810, fax +44 (0) 203 695 7819, email info@alfasoft.com; or see Adept’s World Wide Web site http://www.adeptscience.co.uk/.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

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