ILOG Updates CPLEX Optimization Solution

Version 9.0 adds support for .Net, improves performance over previous version

Mountain View, CA — December 5, 2003 — Solution provider ILOG this week debuted the latest version of its optimization software, CPLEX 9.0, improving performance over the previous release and adding support for .NET.

ILOG said that CPLEX can help improve business efficiency and decision-making by allowing companies to calculate the best utilization of existing resources and implement an action plan that can deliver savings.

By incorporating support for .Net, ILOG said the solution will let users build and deploy optimization applications using any .NET-supported language, including Microsoft Visual Basic and C#. Performance-wise, ILOG said that CPLEX 9.0 is more than 40 percent faster than the previous version.

In addition to support for .NET, new features in CPLEX 9.0 include performance improvements that ILOG said would help speed decision-making in industries with real-time response requirements, such as transportation logistics, supply chain execution and financial asset management.

For instance, the new quadratically constrained programming (QCP) provides financial planners with a way to limit risk while maximizing returns because it enables them to utilize a math-based, quantitative approach to portfolio management that extends their control over mitigating risk factors, according to ILOG.

The solution provider also points to ease-of-use and performance upgrades in version 9.0, including constraint modeling capabilities that ILOG says will enable linear and logical constraints to be combined in complex applications, enabling the user to develop decision support systems faster by providing a more natural way of describing their model. In addition, CPLEX 9.0 provides an analysis tool that allows users, when faced with infeasible models, to locate the cause of a problem.

The solution features ILOG Concert Technology as the language interface, providing users with the choice of writing applications in Java, C++ and now .NET supported languages.