We consider solving mathematical programs with complementarity constraints (MPCCs) as nonlinear programs (NLPs) using standard NLP solvers. This approach is appealing because it allows existing off-the-shelf NLP solvers to tackle large instances of MPCCs. Numerical experience on MacMPEC, a large collection of MPCC test problems is presented. Our experience indicates that sequential quadratic programming (SQP) methods are very well suited for solving MPCCs and at present outperform interior-point solvers both in terms of speed and reliability. All NLP solvers also compare very favorably to special MPCC solvers on tests published in the literature.
- Complementarity constraints
- Interior-point methods
- Nonlinear programming
- Sequential quadratic programming