We are proud to announce the release candidate for GAMS MIRO 1.0.
Energy system optimization modeling has become a key ingredient in transitioning to decarbonized energy supply systems based mostly on renewables. Yet, these systems reveal a growing complexity, e.g., due to the decentralization of infrastructures or an increasing variety of potential technologies capable of balancing energy demand and supply. This renders a reliable application of traditional optimization modeling techniques impossible.
22 years ago, in 1998, we released the first native 32 bit windows version of GAMS. This allowed modelers to implement much bigger models than possible before. A year later, we introduced our 32-bit IDE (for those of you young enough to remember, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 were state of the art back then).
GAMS offices are geographically distributed between different cities in the US (GAMS Development Corp.) and Germany (GAMS Software GmbH). The teams try to meet regularly - this time we enjoyed our Christmas party at Henk Mulder’s cooking school, where we could try our hands at preparing our own Christmas dinner. Not everyone was there, but fortunately it still worked a treat - have a look at the pictures.
This year, Lleny, Franz, Lutz, Michael, and Steve traveled to Seattle for the INFORMS Annual Meeting 2019. Lutz and Steve held a Pre-Conference Workshop on Saturday, talking about GAMS and our interactive web application framework GAMS MIRO, which was well received. On Tuesday, Michael gave a Conference Talk about Solving Energy System Models with GAMS on HPC platforms.
On May 31- June 2, 2019, our reseller Beijing Uone Info & Tech Co. , Ltd hosted a three-day course on CGE Modeling with GAMS at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. More than 20 participants attended this successful training course. “We enjoyed the opportunity to connect with some GAMS users from different universities there to hear about their projects and to answer some of their questions along the way,” said Crystal from Beijing Uone Info & Tech Co.
Three very exciting and well-organized workshops on advanced GAMS features as well as CGE modeling took place this May. For this adventure, Michael, Steve and Freddy from GAMS teamed up with Agapi Somwaru who recently retired from USDA and Xinshen Diao from IFPRI, two experts in CGE modeling. Yumei Zhang from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) was our main local contact for the entire trip.
In April this year, Franz, Lleny, Freddy, and Marius traveled to Austin for the INFORMS Business Analytics Conference. Franz and Freddy held a Pre-Conference Workshop on Sunday morning, talking about GAMS and our interactive web application framework GAMS MIRO, which was well received. Then in the evening, the conference started.
As usual, CAPD was a well-organized 2-day conference. It is small enough that there are no parallel sessions. So the group was together from breakfast through dinner, which allows for and fosters lots of interaction on professional and social levels. The venue - CMU’s campus and the conference dinner at Monterey Bay - was very pleasant and conducive to good discussion.