Solve a wide range of optimization problems
FORCESPRO handles the most relevant optimization problems that are needed for embedded optimization:
- Nonlinear Program (NLP)
- Mixed-Integer NLP (MI-NLP)
- Linear Program (LP)
- Quadratic Program (QP)
- Quadratic-Constrained Quadratic Program (QCQP)
- Binary-Integer QPs
FORCESPRO can solve optimization problems that arise in:
- Linear MPC
- Nonlinear MPC
- Hybrid MPC
- Economic MPC
- Motion Planning Problems
- Autonomous Decision Making
A FAST AND RELIABLE EMBEDDED OPTIMIZATION SOLVER
FORCESPRO is optimized for the requirements and the structure of optimization problems resulting in Model Predictive Control and embedded optimization. The target-oriented implementation makes it the fastest solver available and results in a very compact solver in terms of code size. Additionally, it is very robust so that you can use it for autonomous operation of a machine. In fact, FORCESPRO is the industry standard for Model Predictive Control. The code does not use any external libraries and static memory allocation is used. At the same time high coding standards are complied with, such as MISRA C.
ALGORITHMIC OPTIONS for nlps
- Interior-Point Solver (IP)
- Sequential Quadratic Programing (SQP)
Our IP method allows to solve the NLP until convergence with a low number of iterations. Additionally, the number of iterations stays steady which is important for embedded control, where the maximum computation time is critical. The SQP method is specifically designed for nonlinear model predictive control reference tracking problems that require fast feedback rates. The SQP algorithm solves a Quadratic Programming approximation in each sample step in order to achieve real-time implementation even for small available computation time or computational power. As both algorithms are provided, you can chose the method which is suited best for your application.
The FORCESPRO solver is available in three variants, that contain different solution algorithms. Find out more in LICENSING.
- Mathworks Symbolic Toolbox
- User-made functions
- Blockwise BFGS
FORCESPRO can be employed on a big variety of hardware plattforms. Not only are these platforms supported, but actually the auto-generated solver is specifically optimized for these platforms. This way the full potential of your hardware is exploited, for instance by taking into account parallelization of the algorithm. You can run the FORCESPRO solver on the following list of processors/ hardware platforms. Other processors /hardware platforms are possible as well – contact us for more information.
- x86 (Windows, Mac, Linux)
- PowerPC (GCC toolchain)
- NVIDIA SoCs
- Speedgoat real-time platform
- dSPACE MicroAutoBox II and III
- dSPACE Autobox
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