We consider computationally expensive blackbox optimization problems and present a method that employs surrogate models and concurrent computing at the search step of the mesh adaptive direct search (MADS) algorithm. Specifically, we solve a surrogate optimization problem using locally weighted scatterplot smoothing (LOWESS) models to find promising candidate points to be evaluated by the blackboxes. We consider several methods for selecting promising points from a large number of points. We conduct numerical experiments to assess the performance of the modified MADS algorithm with respect to available CPU resources by means of five engineering design problems.
Published July 2020 , 29 pages
This cahier was revised in December 2020