About Maximal Software
About Maximal Software
|Maximal Software, Inc. is a leading provider of software for developing and formulating models in the field of optimization. Optimization is today one of the most important tools in implementing and planning efficient business operations and increasing competitive advantage. Organizations need to make intelligent decisions to obtain optimal use of their available resources, such as manpower, equipment, raw materials and capital. The discipline of optimization, through the use of advanced mathematics and computer science techniques, is used to assist organizations with solving their complex business problems in areas such as manufacturing, operations planning, distribution and transportation, supply-chain, finance, and defense related industries.
Maximal is the developer of the MPL Modeling System and the OptiMax 2000 Component Library, and has many years of practical experience providing innovative solutions to our customers and assisting them in achieving the successful completion of their optimization projects.
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|The MPL Modeling System
Maximal Software is the developer of MPL (Mathematical Programming Language), an advanced modeling system that allows the model developer to formulate complicated optimization models in a clear, concise, and efficient way. The MPL modeling language offers a natural algebraic notation that is unrivaled in its expressive power, readability and user friendliness. MPL is the fastest and most scalable optimization modeling software on the market today, easily capable of handling problems with millions of variables, quickly and efficiently. MPL works with the world’s fastest optimization engines, such as CPLEX and XPRESS, and many other industrial strength solvers.
OptiMax 2000 Component Library
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History of Maximal Software
|Maximal Software was founded by Bjarni Kristjansson in 1987. The company initially offered a linear programming package Turbo-Simplex for the IBM PC and Macintosh. By 1988, Maximal began the development of the MPL Modeling System, an algebraic modeling language, that is the core product of Maximal Software. In 1990, Maximal Software opened offices in Arlington, VA in order to provide marketing and sales closer to the key US markets of its software. In order to expand it operations to service the European market Maximal Software opened a London office in 2001.
In the early 90’s major developments were occurring in the computer field, such as the growing popularity of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI’s). In 1993, the MPL Modeling System was the first optimization modeling system that was released for the Microsoft Windows platform. Shortly afterwards, both MPL for Macintosh and MPL for Motif (UNIX) were released. Using graphical user interfaces in a modeling system greatly enhanced the productivity for both model developers and the end-users.
The second major enhancement that Maximal Software was first to introduce to optimization modeling market, was the concept of directly linking the modeling language to relational databases. The database connection allows model developers and consultants to create real world end-user applications by using commercial databases, such as MS Access and Oracle, to handle the user interface and hide the complexities of the model from the end-user.
The most recent major enhancement brought by Maximal Software is the OptiMax 2000 Component Library. This object-oriented Component Library (API) can be used to seamlessly call MPL, from both Visual Basic and C/C++, allowing the model developer to create customized end-user applications that solve real-world optimization problems.
Today, Maximal Software, Inc. has customers, both the commercial and academic, in over 40 countries all over the world. Some of the customers in the U.S. include Agilent, AT&T;, Fluor Corporation, International Paper, Jacobs Consulting, McHugh Software, SAIC, TRW, US Department of Energy, USSTRATCOM, US Army (Pentagon), Sprint, and Wachovia.
Maximal Software, Inc. is a member of INFORMS, EURO, MPS, APICS, ORS, GOR, AIRO, DORS, and ICORS, and regularly exhibits and gives presentations at their conferences.
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