Free and open-source software for Operations
Research and Industrial Engineering
This page contains links to some of the most useful free
software and open-source
software for operations research and industrial engineering.
If you find something you would like me to add, please let me
know: abhun-nospam-saker at speakeasy.net
- Free Software
Directory: Categorized directory of free software with
summaries and license information.
- The OpenCD:
Excellent compilation of open-source software for Windows. In
my opinion, the best way to introduce Windows users to
- GNUWin II: Collection
of open-source software for Windows. Includes more than The
OpenCD, but the interface is a little klunkier.
COmputational INfrastructure for Operations Research. Includes
optimization software, heuristics, and more.
- Gnumeric: a
spreadsheet with built-in solvers GLPK and lp_solve.
linear and integer programming, including a parser for a subset
Graph Object Library for Network
Programming Problems. Includes a C++ library for graph
optimization as well as a graph browser and editor.
- OpenForecast: I
have not used this, but it looks promising.
- FLOPC++: An
algebraic modelling language implemented as a C++ class
language to translate the mathematical model of a problem into a
linear or (mixed-) integer mathematical program expressed in .lp
or .mps file format.
routines for clique searching.
- R: statistics,
graphics, and more. Similar to S-plus (both are based on the
computer algebra, similar to Mathematica or Maple.
- Octave: matrix based
mathematics, similar to and "mostly compatible" with MATLAB.
- GNU Scientific
Library: C library for mathematical functions, including
random variables, statistics, linear algebra, and lots
similar to SPSS. It is not too far along in its development,
2-dimensional CAD. Only the
X11 version is open-source and even then only when
released as source code (so you have to compile it yourself).
If you are in Pitt's School of
Engineering and are interested in trying this product, I am
willing to help compile it from source so you don't have to license
the binary version. On the other hand, paying a small fee for
the convenience of binaries may be worthwhile if you want to
support the project.
- OpenFEM: finite
list of open-source software: includes additional CAD,
finite element analysis, and more.
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