NAG CPP Interface nagcpp::opt::handle_solve_socp_ipm (e04pt)
Note:this function usesoptional parametersto define choices in the problem specification and in the details of the algorithm. If you wish to use default settings for all of the optional parameters, you need only read Sections 1 to 10 of this document. If, however, you wish to reset some or all of the settings please refer to Section 11 for a detailed description of the algorithm and to Section 12 for a detailed description of the specification of the optional parameters.
template <typename COMM, typename X, typename U, typename UC, typename RINFO, typename STATS, typename MONIT>
void function handle_solve_socp_ipm(COMM &comm, X &&x, U &&u, UC &&uc, RINFO &&rinfo, STATS &&stats, MONIT &&monit, OptionalE04PTopt)
template <typename COMM, typename X, typename U, typename UC, typename RINFO, typename STATS, typename MONIT>
void function handle_solve_socp_ipm(COMM &comm, X &&x, U &&u, UC &&uc, RINFO &&rinfo, STATS &&stats, MONIT &&monit)
handle_solve_socp_ipm solves a large-scale SOCP optimization problem in the following form
where is a Cartesian product of quadratic (second-order type) cones and -dimensional real space, and is the number of decision variables. Here , , and are -dimensional vectors, is an sparse matrix, and and are -dimensional vectors. Note that partitions subsets of variables into quadratic cones and each can be either a quadratic cone or a rotated quadratic cone. These are defined as follows:
The solver method can be modified by various optional parameters (see Section 12) which can be set by handle_opt_set and e04zpf (no CPP interface) anytime between the initialization of the handle and a call to the solver. Once the solver has finished, options may be modified for the next solve. The solver may be called repeatedly with various optional parameters.
The optional parameter Task may be used to switch the problem to maximization or to ignore the objective function and find only a feasible point.
Several options may have significant impact on the performance of the solver. Even if the defaults were chosen to suit the majority of problems, it is recommended that you experiment in order to find the most suitable set of options for a particular problem, see Sections 11 and 12 for further details.
3.1Structure of the Lagrangian Multipliers
The algorithm works internally with estimates of both the decision variables, denoted by , and the Lagrangian multipliers (dual variables), denoted by for bound and linear constraints, and for quadratic cone constraints.
If the simple bounds have been defined (handle_set_simplebounds was successfully called), the first elements of belong to the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers, interleaving a multiplier for the lower and the upper bound for each . If any of the bounds were set to infinity, the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers are set to and may be ignored.
Similarly, the following elements of belong to multipliers for the linear constraints (if handle_set_linconstr has been successfully called). The organization is the same, i.e., the multipliers for each constraint for the lower and upper bounds are alternated and zeros are used for any missing (infinite bound) constraints.
If convex quadratic constraints have been defined successfully by e04rsf (no CPP interface) and e04rtf (no CPP interface), denote the number of such constraints as , then the following elements of belong to multipliers for the convex quadratic constraints. The organization is the same as linear constraints.
Some solvers merge multipliers for both lower and upper inequality into one element whose sign determines the inequality. Negative multipliers are associated with the upper bounds and positive with the lower bounds. An equivalent result can be achieved with this storage scheme by subtracting the upper bound multiplier from the lower one. This is also consistent with equality constraints.
Finally, the elements of are the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers for the variables in the quadratic cone constraints that have been defined by handle_set_group. All multipliers are stored next to each other in array uc in the same order as the cone constraints were defined by handle_set_group. For example, if the first cone constraint contains variables , , and the second cone constraint contains variables , , , , then the dimension of array uc must be and the first elements are the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers for the cone composed of , , , followed by elements that are the corresponding Lagrangian multipliers for the cone of , , , .
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An object of either the derived class CommE04RA or its base class NoneCopyableComm can be supplied.
It is recommended that the derived class is used. If the base class is supplied it must
first be initialized via a call to opt::handle_init (e04ra).
2: – double arrayInput/Output
On entry: the input of x is reserved for future releases of the NAG Library and it is ignored at the moment.
On exit: the final values of the variables .
3: – double arrayInput/Output
Note: if , u holds Lagrange multipliers (dual variables) for the bound constraints and linear constraints. If , u will not be referenced.
On entry: the input of u is reserved for future releases of the NAG Library and it is ignored at the moment.
On exit: the final values of the variables .
4: – double arrayInput/Output
Note: if , uc holds Lagrange multipliers (dual variables) for second-order cones as defined by handle_set_group. If , uc will not be referenced.
On entry: the input of uc is reserved for future releases of the NAG Library and it is ignored at the moment.
On exit: the final values of the variables .
5: – double arrayOutput
On exit: error measures and various indicators of the algorithm (see Section 11 for details) as given in the table below:
Value of the primal objective.
Value of the dual objective.
Flag indicating the system formulation used by the solver, : augmented system, : normal equation.
On exit: solver statistics as given in the table below. Note that times are measured in seconds, see optional parameter Stats Time.
Number of iterations.
Total number of iterative refinements performed.
Value of the perturbation added to the diagonal in the normal equation formulation or the augmented system formulation.
Total number of factorizations performed.
Total time spent in the solver.
Time spent in the presolve phase.
Time spent in the last iteration.
Total time spent factorizing the system matrix.
Total time spent backsolving the system matrix.
Time spent in the initialization phase.
Number of nonzeros in the system matrix.
Number of nonzeros in the system matrix factor.
Maximum error of the backsolve.
Number of columns in considered dense by the solver.
Number of conic constraints considered dense by the solver.
Reserved for future use.
7: – void functionFunction
monit is provided to enable you to monitor the progress of the optimization. It is invoked at the end of every th iteration where is given by the optional parameter SOCP Monitor Frequency (the default is , monit is not called).
void function monit(CommE04RA &comm, const utility::array1D<double,data_handling::ArgIntent::IntentIN> &rinfo, const utility::array1D<double,data_handling::ArgIntent::IntentIN> &stats)
1: – CommE04RAInput/Output
handle – void *
This optional parameter
may be set using the method
and accessed via
On entry: the handle to the problem as provided on entry to handle_solve_socp_ipm. It may be used to query the model during the solve, and extract the current approximation of the solution by e04rxf (no CPP interface).
2: – double arrayInput
On entry: error measures and various indicators at the end of the current iteration as described in rinfo.
3: – double arrayInput
On entry: solver statistics at the end of the current iteration as described in stats, however, elements , , , and refer to the quantities in the last iteration rather than accumulated over all iterations through the whole algorithm run.
8: – OptionalE04PTInput/Output
Optional parameter container, derived from Optional.
, the current number of decision variables in the model.
Note: in some cases handle_solve_socp_ipm may return useful information.
All errors and warnings have an associated numeric error code field, errorid, stored either as a member of the thrown exception object (see errorid), or as a member of
opt.ifail, depending on how errors
and warnings are being handled (see Error Handling for more details).
If on the final exit, the returned point satisfies Karush–Kuhn–Tucker (KKT) conditions to the requested accuracy (under the default settings close to ) and thus it is a good estimate of the solution. If , some of the convergence conditions were not fully satisfied but the point is a reasonable estimate and still usable. Please refer to Section 11.5 and the description of the particular options.
This SOCP solver can solve several common convex problems covering a large variety of applications. However, in certain cases a reformulation is needed. In this section, we cover QCQP, norm minimization problems and robust linear programming, see Alizadeh and Goldfarb (2003) and Lobo et al. (1998) for further details.
Convex Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming (QCQP) appears in applications such as modern portfolio theory and wireless sensor network localization. The general convex QCQP problem has the following form
for , are symmetric and positive semidefinite matrices, hence there exist matrices such that
In many practical problems this decomposition is already available. Otherwise it needs to be computed, for example, via Cholesky or eigenvalue decomposition, such as f07fdf (no CPP interface) for positive definite matrices, and dsyevd and f07kdf (no CPP interface) for positive semidefinite matrices. Let's introduce new artificial variables such that , then we have an equivalent characterization of cone constraints as
By the definition of rotated quadratic cone (3) we have
Therefore, model (4) can be transformed equivalently to the following SOCP problem
Two functions e04rsf (no CPP interface) and e04rtf (no CPP interface) can be used to define convex quadratic objective function and constraints directly and the solver will tranform them to SOCP automatically. If matrix () in quadratic term is close to singular, it's also recommended that the users follow the procedure above to factorize and transform to SOCP so that small eigenvalues of the matrix can be taken out accordding to the users' needs to achieve numerical stability in the solver.
9.1.2Norm Minimization Problems
Consider the following problem that minimizes the sum of Euclidean norms
where and . Problem (6) can be formulated as SOCP by introducing auxiliary variables , for , and adding constraints
Then the resulting SOCP is
Observe that if (6) had non-negative weights in the sum, the problem would still be an SOCP.
Similarly, minimizing the maximum of Euclidean norms can be expressed as SOCPs. By introducing one auxiliary variable , the problem
is equivalent to
Hence, problem (8) can be cast as the following SOCP
As an interesting special case, an -norm minimization problem can also be solved by SOCP. Consider the following unconstrained problem
where and , introduce an auxiliary variable such that , then problem (11) is transformed to
By adding an auxiliary variable , the above problem is equivalent to
Note that the inequality is equivalent to , therefore, the final SOCP is
9.1.3Robust Linear Programming
Consider a linear programming problem
where and are given but there is some uncertainty in parameter . In such a situation you might want to solve problem (15) in the worst-case sense, i.e., find the best solution with respect to the most adverse choice of . Introducing uncertainty set to some or all your data and solving the problem in the worst-case scenario helps to avoid high sensitivity of your results even for a small perturbation in the input data. Assume are known to lie in given ellipsoids around its known centre
where are positive semidefinite matrices, this problem is also known as robust linear programming which can be modelled as
are equivalent to
Using the definition of the dual norm of the Euclidean norm we can write down the equivalent for problem (16) as
By adding auxiliary variables , that , we have the final equivalent SOCP as
Note we can also get SOCP formulation if there is some uncertainty or variation in the parameters and following a similar procedure.
9.2Description of the Printed Output
The solver can print information to give an overview of the problem and of the progress of the computation. The output may be sent to two independent streams (files) which are set by optional parameters Print File and Monitoring File. Optional parameters Print Level, Monitoring Level, Print Solution and Print Options determine the exposed level of detail. This allows, for example, a detailed log file to be generated while the condensed information is displayed on the screen.
By default (, ), six sections are printed to the standard output:
Optional parameters list (if )
Solution (if )
The header is a message indicating the start of the solver. It should look like:
E04PT, Interior point method for SOCP problems
Optional parameters list
The list shows all options of the solver, each displayed on one line. The output contains the option name, its current value and an indicator for how it was set. The options unchanged from the default setting are noted by ‘d’, options you set are noted by ‘U’, and options reset by the solver are noted by ‘S’. Note that the output format is compatible with the file format expected by e04zpf (no CPP interface). The output might look as follows:
Socp Iteration Limit = 100 * d
Socp Max Iterative Refinement = 9 * d
Socp Presolve = Yes * d
Socp Scaling = None * d
If , statistics on the original and the presolved problems are printed. More detailed statistics, as well as a list of the presolve operations, are also printed for Print Level or above, for example:
No of variables 3
free (unconstrained) 1
No of lin. constraints 2
No of quad.constraints 0
No of cones 1
biggest cone size 3
Objective function Linear
Presolved Problem Measures
No of variables 7
No of lin. constraints 4
No of cones 1
If , the solver prints the status of each iteration.
If , the output shows the iteration number ( represents the starting point), the current primal and dual objective value, convergence measures (primal infeasibility, dual infeasibility and duality gap defined in Section 11.5.1) and the value of the additional variable (see Section 11.1). The output might look as follows:
If , the solver also prints for each iteration (defined in Section 11.5.1), the value of the variable (see Section 11.1), the step size, the maximum error of the backsolves performed as well as the total number of iterative refinements performed. The output takes the following form:
Occasionally, when numerical instabilities are too big, the solver will restart the iteration and switch to an augmented system formulation. In such cases the letters RS will be printed in the information column (I).
If , each iteration produces more information that expands over several lines. This additional information contains:
the method used (normal equation, augmented system);
the number of factorizations performed at the current iteration;
the type of factorization performed (Cholesky, Bunch–Parlett);
the value of the perturbation added to the diagonal in the normal equation formulation or on the zero block in the augmented system formulation;
the total time spent in the iteration if Stats Time is not set to .
The output might look as follows:
------------ Details of Iteration 1 ------------
method Augmented System
iterative refinements 9
matrix type Bunch-Parlett
diagonal perturbation 7.00E-08
time iteration 0.05 sec
Once the solver finishes, a detailed summary is produced:
Status: converged, an optimal solution found
Final primal objective value 2.688878E+01
Final dual objective value 2.688878E+01
Absolute primal infeasibility 2.264154E-07
Relative primal infeasibility 6.788104E-09
Absolute dual infeasibility 7.639479E-09
Relative dual infeasibility 1.371539E-09
Absolute complementarity gap 2.558237E-08
Relative complementarity gap 8.342957E-10
It starts with the status line of the overall result which matches the ifail value and is followed by the final primal and dual objective values as well as the error measures and iteration count.
Optionally, if , the timings of the different parts of the algorithm are displayed. It might look as follows:
For simplicity, we consider the following primal Second-order Cone Programming (SOCP) formulation
where , , , with full row rank, and . The dual formulation for problem (19) is given by
where and denote the dual variables and is as defined above (it is a self-dual cone). Solutions of the primal (19) and dual (20) problem are connected by the strong duality theory (see, for example, Nocedal and Wright (2006)) and are characterized by the first-order optimality conditions, the so-called Karush–Kuhn–Tucker (KKT) conditions, which are stated as follows:
where is the multiplication operator defined in a special case of a so-called Euclidean Jordan algebra with the following definition
If (19) and (20) have a strictly feasible solution (i.e., there is a feasible solution such that and ), then they both have optimal solutions and the duality gap is zero. Moreover, a feasible solution pair is optimal if, and only if, the KKT conditions (21) hold at this point, see Alizadeh and Goldfarb (2003) for more details.
The underlying algorithm applies an iterative method to find an optimal solution of the system (21) employing variants of Newton's method and modifying the search direction and step length so that the cone constraints are preserved at every iteration.
11.1Homogeneous Self-Dual Algorithm
The homogeneous and self-dual (HSD) model was first studied by Goldman and Tucker (1956) for linear programming and simplified by Xu et al. (1996). Then a generalization of HSD was employed to solve SOCP problems by Andersen et al. (2003) and Sturm (2002). As its name suggests, the HSD model and its dual are equivalent. Self-dual formulations embed the original problem (19) in a larger conic optimization problem such that the latter is primal and dual feasible, with known feasible points, and from which solution we can extract optimal solutions or certificates of infeasibility of the original problem.
We define the homogeneous and self-dual model for problem (19) as follows:
Here and are two additional variables and we use the notation that
The model (23) can be viewed as a self-dual optimization problem with a zero objective function. If is any feasible solution to (23), then if , a primal-dual optimal solution to (19) and (20) is given by
and the duality gap is given by . The homogeneous algorithm is an application of the primal-dual method for the computation of a feasible solution to (23). In order to achieve this, we follow the guideline of path-following interior point method and define a central path that is a smooth curve connecting an initial interior point and a complementary solution. So the set of nonlinear equations
defines the central path of the homogeneous model parameterized by , is an initial feasible point and has the expression where is the number of cones.
11.2The Nesterov–Todd Search Direction
The Newton search direction is only guaranteed to be well-defined in a narrow neighbourhood around the central path. The search direction corresponds to applying Newton's method to (24) in a scaled space and then scaling the resulting search direction back to the original space so that it is well-defined. A matrix is a scaling matrix if it satisfies the conditions and where means is symmetric and positive definite and is a symmetric block diagonal matrix composed by so called reflection matrices with the following definition:
An important issue is the choice of the scaling matrix . According to Andersen et al. (2003), the best results are obtained for the Nesterov–Todd (NT) scaling suggested by Nesterov and Todd (1997). In the NT scaling, is chosen such that
Then the resulting Newton system to be solved to get direction is
11.3Mehrotra's Predictor-Corrector Method
When Newton's method is applied to the perturbed complementarity conditions in (24), the quadratic terms are neglected. Instead of neglecting the quadratic term Mehrotra (1992) suggested using a second-order correction of the search direction which increases the efficiency of the algorithm significantly in practice (Lustig et al. (1992)).
To implement this idea, we first solve (24) for to get an affine scaling direction and a maximum step size to the boundary. Then use these directions to estimate the quadratic terms
where is a constant. Therefore, we can choose dynamically depending on how much progress can be made in the pure Newton (affine scaling) direction.
11.4Solving the KKT System
The solution of the Newton system of equations (25) is the most computationally costly operation. To reduce the system, we need the following definition. Associated with each vector there is an arrow-shaped matrix defined as:
where is the identity matrix of dimension . Together with the definition in (22), it is not hard to see that
In practice, system (25) is reduced to the augmented system by eliminating and from the system as follows:
where ( eliminated) are the corresponding right-hand side in (25) and we have that
Linear systems (26) and (27) are systems of variables, symmetric and indefinite. Submatrix is block diagonal and positive definite. Note that systems (26) and (27) have the same coefficient matrix so we only need to perform factorization once per iteration.
The system (27) can be further reduced by eliminating and , to a positive definite system usually called normal equations defined as
Typically, formulation (28) is preferred for many problems as the system matrix can be factorized by a sparse Cholesky. However, this brings some well-known disadvantages: ill-conditioning of the system is often observed during the final stages of the algorithm. If matrix contains dense columns (columns with relatively many nonzeros), then has many nonzeros, which in turn makes the factorization expensive. On the other hand, solving the augmented system by Bunch–Parlett type factorization is usually slower, but it normally avoids the fill-in caused by dense columns.
handle_solve_socp_ipm can detect and handle dense columns in the KKT system effectively. Since matrix in (28) is block diagonal, so dense columns also come as a linear combination of some columns in . Depending on the number and the density of the ‘dense’ columns, the solver may either choose to directly use an augmented system formulation or to treat these columns separately in a product-form Cholesky factorization as described by Goldfarb and Scheinberg (2005). It is also possible to manually override the automatic choice via the optional parameter SOCP System Formulation and let the solver use a normal equations or an augmented system formulation.
Badly scaled optimal solutions may present numerical challenges, therefore, iterative refinement is employed for reducing the roundoff errors produced during the solution of the system. When the condition number of the system prevents the satisfactory use of iterative refinement, handle_solve_socp_ipm switches automatically to an augmented system formulation, reporting RS (Restart) in the last column of the iteration log (I). Furthermore, handle_solve_socp_ipm provides several scaling techniques to adjust the numerical characteristics of the problem data, see optional parameter SOCP Scaling.
Finally, factorization of the system matrix can degrade sparsity, so the resulting fill-in can be large, therefore, several ordering techniques are included to minimize it. handle_solve_socp_ipm uses Harwell packages MA97 (see Hogg and Scott (2011) and HSL (2011)) for the underlying sparse linear algebra factorization and MC68 approximate minimum degree algorithm, and METIS (Karypis and Kumar (1998)) nested dissection algorithm for the ordering.
To measure the infeasibility, the following measures
are defined to measure the relative reduction in the primal, dual and gap infeasibility, respectively. In addition, an extra measure is considered to quantify the accuracy in the objective function, which is given by
The iteration is considered nearly feasible and optimal, and the interior point algorithm is stopped when the following conditions
Premature termination is triggered and the returned solution is considered as an optimal solution if the current iteration exhibits fast convergence and the optimality measures lie within a small range of desired precision. In particular, the self-dual algorithm is stopped if the above termination conditions are met within a small factor and . This measure is tracked after the first iterations.
In addition, the solver stops prematurely and reports suboptimal solution when it predicts that the current estimate of the solution will not be improved in subsequent iterations. In most cases the returned solution should be acceptable.
The problem is concluded to be primal or dual infeasible if one of the following conditions hold:
Then the problem is declared dual infeasible if or primal infeasible otherwise.
handle_solve_socp_ipm includes an advance preprocessing phase (called presolve) to reduce the dimensions of the problem before passing it to the solver. The reduction in problem size generally improves the behaviour of the solver, shortening the total computation time. In addition, infeasibility may also be detected during preprocessing. The default behaviour of the presolve can be modified by optional parameter SOCP Presolve.
Several optional parameters in handle_solve_socp_ipm define choices in the problem specification or the algorithm logic. In order to reduce the number of formal arguments of handle_solve_socp_ipm these optional parameters have associated default values that are appropriate for most problems. Therefore, you need only specify those optional parameters whose values are to be different from their default values.
The remainder of this section can be skipped if you wish to use the default values for all optional parameters.
The optional parameters can be changed by calling handle_opt_set anytime between the initialization of the handle and the call to the solver. Modification of the optional parameters during intermediate monitoring stops is not allowed. Once the solver finishes, the optional parameters can be altered again for the next solve.
For each option, we give a summary line, a description of the optional parameter and details of constraints.
The summary line contains:
a parameter value,
where the letters , and denote options that take character, integer and real values respectively;
the default value, where the symbol is a generic notation for machine precision (see precision).
All options accept the value to return single options to their default states.
Keywords and character values are case and white space insensitive.
This special keyword may be used to reset all optional parameters to their default values. Any argument value given with this keyword will be ignored.
Infinite Bound Size
This defines the ‘infinite’ bound in the definition of the problem constraints. Any upper bound greater than or equal to will
be regarded as (and similarly any lower bound less than or equal to will be regarded as ). Note that a modification of this optional parameter does not influence constraints which have already been defined; only the constraints formulated after the change will be affected.
If , the
for the secondary (monitoring) output. If set to , no secondary output is provided. The following information is output to the unit:
–a listing of the optional parameters;
–problem statistics, the iteration log, and the final status as set by Monitoring Level;
This parameter sets the amount of information detail that will be printed by the solver to the secondary output. The meaning of the levels is the same as with Print Level.
If , the
for the primary output of the solver. If , the primary output is completely turned off independently of other settings. The default value is the advisory message unit number as defined by x04abf (no CPP interface) at the time of the optional parameters initialization, e.g., at the initialization of the handle. The following information is output to the unit:
This parameter defines how detailed information should be printed by the solver to the primary output.
No output from the solver
Only the final status and the primal and dual objective value
Problem statistics, one line per iteration showing the progress of the solution with respect to the convergence measures, final status and statistics
As level but each iteration line is longer, including step lengths and errors
As level but further details of each iteration are presented
If , a listing of optional parameters will be printed to the primary output.
Constraint: or .
If , the final values of the primal variables are printed on the primary and secondary outputs.
If or , in addition to the primal variables, the final values of the dual variables are printed on the primary and secondary outputs.
Constraint: , , or .
SOCP Iteration Limit
The maximum number of iterations to be performed by handle_solve_socp_ipm. Setting the option too low might lead to .
SOCP Monitor Frequency
This parameter defines the frequency of how often function monit is called. If , the solver calls monit at the end of every th iteration. If it is set to , the function is not called at all.
This parameter allows you to reduce the level of presolving of the problem or turn it off completely. If the presolver is turned off, the solver will try to handle the problem as given by you. In such a case, the presence of fixed variables or linear dependencies in the constraint matrix can cause numerical instabilities to occur. In normal circumstances, it is recommended to use the full presolve which is the default.
Constraint: , or .
This parameter controls the type of scaling to be applied on the constraint matrix before solving the problem. More precisely, the scaling procedure will try to find diagonal matrices and such that the values in are of a similar order of magnitude. The solver is less likely to run into numerical difficulties when the constraint matrix is well scaled.
Constraint: , or .
SOCP Stop Tolerance
This parameter sets the value which is the tolerance for the convergence measures in the stopping criteria, see Section 11.5.
SOCP Stop Tolerance 2
This parameter sets the additional tolerance used in the stopping criteria, see Section 11.5.
SOCP System Formulation
As described in Section 11.4, handle_solve_socp_ipm can internally work either with the normal equations formulation (28) or with the augmented system (26) and (27). A brief discussion of advantages and disadvantages is presented in (27). Setting the option value to leaves the decision to the solver based on the structure of the constraints and it is the recommended value. This will typically lead to the normal equations formulation unless there are many dense columns or the system is significantly cheaper to factorize as the augmented system. Note that in some cases even if the solver might switch the formulation through the computation to the augmented system due to numerical instabilities or computational cost.
Constraint: , , , or .
This parameter allows you to turn on timings of various parts of the algorithm to give a better overview of where most of the time is spent. This might be helpful for a choice of different solving approaches. It is possible to choose between CPU and wall clock time. Choice is equivalent to .
Constraint: , , or .
This parameter specifies the required direction of the optimization. If , the objective function (if set) is ignored and the algorithm stops as soon as a feasible point is found with respect to the given tolerance. If no objective function is set, Task reverts to automatically.
Constraint: , or .
A limit to the number of seconds that the solver can use to solve one problem. If during the convergence check this limit is exceeded, the solver will terminate with .