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AMPL FOR COURSES

For classes that make use of optimization models and methods, we invite you to request free copies of AMPL and selected solvers to give out to students. These copies are full-featured but time out after the end of the course.

Full-Featured, Time-Limited

For courses that make use of optimization models and methods, we invite you to obtain temporary versions of AMPL to give out to your students. Key features of this program include:

  • AMPL and solvers are provided in a single compressed file for each platform, which you can freely distribute to students who want an installation on their own computers.

  • Problem sizes are unrestricted.

  • The distributed AMPL and solver files are activated for the duration of the course, and stop working after the course ends.

  • Only a short request form needs to be submitted for each course offering.

Currently the following solvers are available:

  • CONOPT, general nonlinear
  • CPLEX, linear & quadratic with mixed-integer
  • Gurobi, linear & convex quadratic with mixed-integer
  • KNITRO, general nonlinear with mixed-integer
  • MINOS, linear & general nonlinear
  • SNOPT, general nonlinear
  • Xpress, linear & convex quadratic with mixed-integer

The AMPL for Courses version, provided at no charge, is intended to complement the purchase of regular AMPL and solver academic licenses for use in labs and research projects. We provide assistance to the course instructor, with support for the students to be provided through the course.

To request AMPL for Courses, simply scroll down to our online course request form on this page. You will receive an email reply giving complete download and installation instructions.

For more information about this program, write to licensing@ampl.com. See also our summary of other programs for free trial use of AMPL and solvers.

Frequently Asked Questions about AMPL for Courses

Can individual students obtain AMPL for Courses? No, the request must be made by an instructor responsible for a listed course. Master copies of the AMPL + solver bundles are provided for download by the instructor or by another responsible person whom the instructor designates. Then the instructor arranges for distribution of the bundles to the course’s students.

Does each offering of each course require a separate request? Yes, the AMPL + solver bundles are generated separately for each course, with course identifying information in the version string and a timeout about two weeks after the course end date indicated on the request.

How long a course can be covered? Our arrangements with the solver vendors allow for courses that are the length of an average academic term, up to about 6 months. We can extend this period somewhat to allow time for course preparation. However for a year-long course, two semiannual requests should be made.

Can AMPL for Courses be used for student projects? This program can provide AMPL + solvers for use in listed student project courses, on request from a responsible instructor. It is not available however for unsupervised student projects, multi-term project work, or support of PhD studies; for these purposes we recommend purchase at highly-discounted academic prices, or use of the free NEOS Server.

 

Free AMPL for Courses Request Form

For classes that make use of optimization models and methods, we invite you to request free copies of AMPL and selected solvers to give out to students. These copies are full-featured but time out after the end of the course.

Questions? Contact us at licensing@ampl.com.

Person Responsible for the Course (not a student)

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Professor or Lecturer):*
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Details of the Course

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Course Number & Title:*
Beginning Date:*     Ending Date:*

Person to Receive the Software (if different from the person responsible for the course)

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In making this request you agree that software received under the AMPL for Courses program will be distributed only in conjunction with the educational activities of the indicated course, and will not be modified without prior permission from AMPL Optimization.

In checking Yes under item 1 you affirm that you are entitled to receive the CPLEX solver under the terms of the IBM Academic Initiative. You can register for this IBM program at www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/academicinitiative.

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