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MiniZinc Challenge 2017 Results

CP 2017 presentation slides of the MiniZinc Challenge 2017 (results).


The entrants for this year (with their descriptions, when provided):

In addition, the challenge organisers entered the following FlatZinc and MiniZinc implementations:

  • Chuffed (description). A C++ FD solver using lazy clause generation.
  • G12/FD. A Mercury FD solver (the G12 FlatZinc interpreter's default solver).
  • Gecode (description). A C++ FD solver.
  • LCG-Glucose (description). A C++ FD solver using lazy clause generation and it is based on Glucose 3.01 with modification along the lines of Chuffed and CPX.
  • MZN/Cbc. Translates to MILP (description), uses Cbc version 2.9.
  • MZN/Gurobi. Translates to MILP (description), uses Gurobi Optimizer version 7.5.1.
  • sunny-cp (description). A multi-threaded CP portfolio solver using 13 different CP and MIP solvers incl. Chuffed, G12 solvers, Gecode.

As per the challenge rules, these entries are not eligible for prizes, but do modify the scoring results.

Furthermore, entries in the FD search category (Gecode, JaCoP, Picat CP, SICStus Prolog) were automatically included in the free search category, while entries in the free search category (Choco 5, Chuffed, Concrete, G12/FD, HaifaCSP, Mistral, OR-Tools LCG, OR-Tools LCG Core, OscaR/CBLS, Picat SAT, Yuck and promoted FD entries except Gecode) were automatically included in the parallel search category. Lastly, all entries in the parallel search category and promoted entries into that category were automatically included in the open search category.

Summary of Results

The results for the MiniZinc Challenge 2017 are

FixedOR-Tools LCGJaCoPChoco 4
FreeiZplusOR-Tools LCGPicat SAT
ParallelChoco 4iZplusOR-Tools LCG
Opensunny-cp—Choco 4OR-Tools LCG
Local SearchiZplusYuckOscaR/CBLS

Description of Results

All times are given in milliseconds.

A score of 0.0 indicates a worse answer in quality (worse objective, no proof of optimality, or no answer for satisfaction problems), 1.0 a better solution in quality. When the quality is the same, the 1.0 purse is split with respect to time used.

If a promoted entry does not recognize an option (or states that it is just ignored), times and solutions from the previous category are used for scoring. The suffixes -fd, -free, -par or -open (for the parallel portfolio solver entered) at the end of the solver names indicate which configuration the solvers were run with.

mzn2fzn was run with the same time and memory limits as the solvers.

In the Status column:

  • S indicates that a solution was found,
  • C indicates that the search was complete,
  • ERR indicates an incorrect answer or the solver aborted,
  • ERR indicates that flattening aborted (time-out or out-of-memory),
  • UNK indicates that no answer was returned in the time limit.

Download all problems

All problems are available in a zipped tar-ball here.


Select a list of solvers and benchmarks and click on “Compute Results” to score the solvers against each other on the selected benchmarks. The entrants for each of the fd search, free search and parallel search categories can be selected with the corresponding buttons.

Solver selection: Problem selection:

Plot settings:
Create plots for each instance
Note that plotting takes time.
Time axis scale:
Default Linear Log
Plot lines shape:
Steps Lines
Area scoring settings:


Total per problem:

Solver Score Score Incomplete Score Area
Problem Solver Score Score IncompleteScore Area

Individual results:

Problem Instance Solver Status Time Objective Score Score Incomplete Score Area

Objective plots:

Problem Instance Plot

Global constraint per model

The following table lists the global constraints used by each model in this year's challenge. In addition, the columns RC and SBC, respectively, indicate whether the model contains redundant or/and symmetry breaking constraints.

ProblemTypeKindRCSBCMiniZinc Globals
cargorealmincumulative, diffn
community-detectioncombimaxvalue_precede_chain, global_cardinality_low_up
gbaccombiminbin_packing_load, global_cardinality_low_up_closed
groupsplittercombimaxcount, table
traveling-tppvcombiminall_different, regular

The files on this page are for MiniZinc version 2.1.5.