The equal flow problem Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a new algorithm for the solution of a network problem with equal flow side constraints. The solution technique is motivated by the desire to exploit the special structure of the side constraints and to maintain as much of the characteristics of pure network problems as possible. The proposed algorithm makes use of Lagrangean relaxation to obtain a lower bound and decomposition by right-hand-side allocation to obtain upper bounds. The lagrangean dual serves not only to provide a lower bound used to assist in termination criteria for the upper bound, but also allows an initial allocation of equal flows for the upper bound. The algorithm has been tested on problems with up to 1500 nodes and 6000 arcs. Computational experience indicates that solutions whose objective function value is well within 1% of the optimum can be obtained in 1%-65% of the MPSX time depending on the amount of imbalance inherent in the problem. Incumbent integer solutions which are within 99.99% feasible and well within 1% of the proven lower bound are obtained in a straightforward manner requiring, on the average, 30% of the MPSX time required to obtain a linear optimum. 1988.

published proceedings

  • European Journal of Operational Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Ali, A. I., Kennington, J., & Shetty, B.

citation count

  • 28

complete list of authors

  • Ali, Agha Iqbal||Kennington, Jeff||Shetty, Bala

publication date

  • July 1988