pyOptSparseDriver

pyOptSparseDriver wraps the optimizer package pyOptSparse, which provides a common interface for 11 optimizers, some of which are included in the package (e.g., SLSQP and NSGA2), and some of which are commercial products that must be obtained from their respective authors (e.g. SNOPT). The pyOptSparse package is based on pyOpt, but adds support for sparse specification of constraint Jacobians. Most of the sparsity features are only applicable when using the SNOPT optimizer.

Note

The pyOptSparse package does not come included with the OpenMDAO installation. It is a separate optional package that can be obtained from mdolab.

In this simple example, we use the SLSQP optimizer to minimize the objective of SellarDerivativesGrouped.

import numpy as np

import openmdao.api as om
from openmdao.test_suite.components.sellar import SellarDerivativesGrouped

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model = SellarDerivativesGrouped()

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = "SLSQP"

model.add_design_var('z', lower=np.array([-10.0, 0.0]), upper=np.array([10.0, 10.0]))
model.add_design_var('x', lower=0.0, upper=10.0)
model.add_objective('obj')
model.add_constraint('con1', upper=0.0)
model.add_constraint('con2', upper=0.0)

prob.set_solver_print(level=0)

prob.setup(check=False, mode='rev')
prob.run_driver()
Optimization Problem -- Optimization using pyOpt_sparse
================================================================================
    Objective Function: _objfunc

    Solution: 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Time:                    0.0359
       User Objective Time :       0.0107
       User Sensitivity Time :     0.0201
       Interface Time :            0.0041
       Opt Solver Time:            0.0010
    Calls to Objective Function :       6
    Calls to Sens Function :            6


   Objectives
      Index  Name                   Value
          0  obj_cmp.obj     3.183394E+00

   Variables (c - continuous, i - integer, d - discrete)
      Index  Name   Type      Lower Bound            Value      Upper Bound     Status
          0  z_0      c    -1.000000E+01     1.977639E+00     1.000000E+01           
          1  z_1      c     0.000000E+00    -2.176723E-15     1.000000E+01          l
          2  x_0      c     0.000000E+00     1.643932E-15     1.000000E+01          l

   Constraints (i - inequality, e - equality)
      Index  Name          Type          Lower           Value           Upper    Status  Lagrange Multiplier (N/A)
          0  con_cmp1.con1    i  -1.000000E+30   -8.637846E-11    0.000000E+00         u    9.00000E+100
          1  con_cmp2.con2    i  -1.000000E+30   -2.024472E+01    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100

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/usr/share/miniconda/envs/test/lib/python3.10/site-packages/pyoptsparse/pyOpt_optimization.py:234: UserWarning: The argument `type=` is deprecated. Use `varType` in the future.
  warnings.warn("The argument `type=` is deprecated. Use `varType` in the future.")
False
print(prob.get_val('z', indices=0))
1.9776388834874465

pyOptSparseDriver Options

Option Default Acceptable Values Acceptable Types Description
debug_print [] ['desvars', 'nl_cons', 'ln_cons', 'objs', 'totals'] ['list'] List of what type of Driver variables to print at each iteration.
gradient_method openmdao ['snopt_fd', 'openmdao', 'pyopt_fd'] N/A Finite difference implementation to use
optimizer SLSQP ['ALPSO', 'CONMIN', 'FSQP', 'IPOPT', 'NLPQLP', 'NSGA2', 'PSQP', 'SLSQP', 'SNOPT', 'NLPY_AUGLAG', 'NOMAD', 'ParOpt']N/A Name of optimizers to use
print_opt_prob False [True, False] ['bool'] Print the opt problem summary before running the optimization
print_results True [True, False] ['bool'] Print pyOpt results if True
singular_jac_behaviorwarn ['error', 'warn', 'ignore'] N/A Defines behavior of a zero row/col check after first call tocompute_totals:error - raise an error.warn - raise a warning.ignore - don't perform check.
singular_jac_tol 1e-16 N/A N/A Tolerance for zero row/column check.
title Optimization using pyOpt_sparseN/A N/A Title of this optimization run
user_terminate_signalN/A N/A N/A OS signal that triggers a clean user-termination. Only SNOPTsupports this option.

pyOptSparseDriver Constructor

The call signature for the pyOptSparseDriver constructor is:

pyOptSparseDriver.__init__(**kwargs)[source]

Initialize pyopt.

Using pyOptSparseDriver

pyOptSparseDriver has a small number of unified options that can be specified as keyword arguments when it is instantiated or by using the “options” dictionary. We have already shown how to set the optimizer option. Next we see how the print_results option can be used to turn on or off the echoing of the results when the optimization finishes. The default is True, but here, we turn it off.

import numpy as np

import openmdao.api as om
from openmdao.test_suite.components.sellar import SellarDerivativesGrouped

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model = SellarDerivativesGrouped()

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver(optimizer='SLSQP')

prob.driver.options['print_results'] = False

model.add_design_var('z', lower=np.array([-10.0, 0.0]), upper=np.array([10.0, 10.0]))
model.add_design_var('x', lower=0.0, upper=10.0)
model.add_objective('obj')
model.add_constraint('con1', upper=0.0)
model.add_constraint('con2', upper=0.0)

prob.set_solver_print(level=0)

prob.setup(check=False, mode='rev')
prob.run_driver()

print(prob.get_val('z', indices=0))
1.9776388834874465

Every optimizer also has its own specialized settings that allow you to fine-tune the algorithm that it uses. You can access these within the opt_setting dictionary. These options are different for each optimizer, so to find out what they are, you need to read your optimizer’s documentation. We present a few common ones here.

SLSQP-Specific Settings

Here, we set a convergence tolerance for SLSQP:

import numpy as np

import openmdao.api as om
from openmdao.test_suite.components.sellar import SellarDerivativesGrouped

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model = SellarDerivativesGrouped()

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = "SLSQP"

prob.driver.opt_settings['ACC'] = 1e-9

model.add_design_var('z', lower=np.array([-10.0, 0.0]), upper=np.array([10.0, 10.0]))
model.add_design_var('x', lower=0.0, upper=10.0)
model.add_objective('obj')
model.add_constraint('con1', upper=0.0)
model.add_constraint('con2', upper=0.0)

prob.set_solver_print(level=0)

prob.setup(check=False, mode='rev')
prob.run_driver()
Optimization Problem -- Optimization using pyOpt_sparse
================================================================================
    Objective Function: _objfunc

    Solution: 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Time:                    0.0358
       User Objective Time :       0.0105
       User Sensitivity Time :     0.0201
       Interface Time :            0.0042
       Opt Solver Time:            0.0010
    Calls to Objective Function :       6
    Calls to Sens Function :            6


   Objectives
      Index  Name                   Value
          0  obj_cmp.obj     3.183394E+00

   Variables (c - continuous, i - integer, d - discrete)
      Index  Name   Type      Lower Bound            Value      Upper Bound     Status
          0  z_0      c    -1.000000E+01     1.977639E+00     1.000000E+01           
          1  z_1      c     0.000000E+00    -2.176723E-15     1.000000E+01          l
          2  x_0      c     0.000000E+00     1.643932E-15     1.000000E+01          l

   Constraints (i - inequality, e - equality)
      Index  Name          Type          Lower           Value           Upper    Status  Lagrange Multiplier (N/A)
          0  con_cmp1.con1    i  -1.000000E+30   -8.637846E-11    0.000000E+00         u    9.00000E+100
          1  con_cmp2.con2    i  -1.000000E+30   -2.024472E+01    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100

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False
print(prob.get_val('z', indices=0))
1.9776388834874465

Similarly, we can set an iteration limit. Here, we set it to just a few iterations, and don’t quite reach the optimum.

import numpy as np

import openmdao.api as om
from openmdao.test_suite.components.sellar import SellarDerivativesGrouped

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model = SellarDerivativesGrouped()

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = "SLSQP"

prob.driver.opt_settings['MAXIT'] = 3

model.add_design_var('z', lower=np.array([-10.0, 0.0]), upper=np.array([10.0, 10.0]))
model.add_design_var('x', lower=0.0, upper=10.0)
model.add_objective('obj')
model.add_constraint('con1', upper=0.0)
model.add_constraint('con2', upper=0.0)

prob.set_solver_print(level=0)

prob.setup(check=False, mode='rev')
prob.run_driver()
Optimization Problem -- Optimization using pyOpt_sparse
================================================================================
    Objective Function: _objfunc

    Solution: 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Time:                    0.0242
       User Objective Time :       0.0073
       User Sensitivity Time :     0.0134
       Interface Time :            0.0028
       Opt Solver Time:            0.0007
    Calls to Objective Function :       4
    Calls to Sens Function :            4


   Objectives
      Index  Name                   Value
          0  obj_cmp.obj     3.203561E+00

   Variables (c - continuous, i - integer, d - discrete)
      Index  Name   Type      Lower Bound            Value      Upper Bound     Status
          0  z_0      c    -1.000000E+01     1.983377E+00     1.000000E+01           
          1  z_1      c     0.000000E+00    -2.037963E-12     1.000000E+01          l
          2  x_0      c     0.000000E+00    -1.808298E-14     1.000000E+01          l

   Constraints (i - inequality, e - equality)
      Index  Name          Type          Lower           Value           Upper    Status  Lagrange Multiplier (N/A)
          0  con_cmp1.con1    i  -1.000000E+30   -2.043382E-02    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100
          1  con_cmp2.con2    i  -1.000000E+30   -2.023325E+01    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
True
print(prob.get_val('z', indices=0))
1.9833770833078042

SNOPT-Specific Settings

SNOPT has many customizable settings. Here we show two common ones.

Setting the convergence tolerance:

import numpy as np

import openmdao.api as om
from openmdao.test_suite.components.sellar import SellarDerivativesGrouped

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model = SellarDerivativesGrouped()

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = "SNOPT"

prob.driver.opt_settings['Major feasibility tolerance'] = 1e-9

model.add_design_var('z', lower=np.array([-10.0, 0.0]), upper=np.array([10.0, 10.0]))
model.add_design_var('x', lower=0.0, upper=10.0)
model.add_objective('obj')
model.add_constraint('con1', upper=0.0)
model.add_constraint('con2', upper=0.0)

prob.set_solver_print(level=0)

prob.setup(check=False, mode='rev')
prob.run_driver()
Optimization Problem -- Optimization using pyOpt_sparse
================================================================================
    Objective Function: _objfunc

    Solution: 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Time:                    0.0429
       User Objective Time :       0.0131
       User Sensitivity Time :     0.0230
       Interface Time :            0.0047
       Opt Solver Time:            0.0021
    Calls to Objective Function :       8
    Calls to Sens Function :            7


   Objectives
      Index  Name                   Value
          0  obj_cmp.obj     3.183394E+00

   Variables (c - continuous, i - integer, d - discrete)
      Index  Name   Type      Lower Bound            Value      Upper Bound     Status
          0  z_0      c    -1.000000E+01     1.977639E+00     1.000000E+01           
          1  z_1      c     0.000000E+00     0.000000E+00     1.000000E+01          l
          2  x_0      c     0.000000E+00     0.000000E+00     1.000000E+01          l

   Constraints (i - inequality, e - equality)
      Index  Name          Type          Lower           Value           Upper    Status  Lagrange Multiplier (N/A)
          0  con_cmp1.con1    i  -1.000000E+30   -5.966339E-12    0.000000E+00         u    9.00000E+100
          1  con_cmp2.con2    i  -1.000000E+30   -2.024472E+01    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

False
print(prob.get_val('z', indices=0))
1.9776388834648047

Setting a limit on the number of major iterations. Here, we set it to just a few iterations, and don’t quite reach the optimum.

import numpy as np

import openmdao.api as om
from openmdao.test_suite.components.sellar import SellarDerivativesGrouped

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model = SellarDerivativesGrouped()

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = "SNOPT"

# after upgrading to SNOPT 7.5-1.1, this test failed unless iter limit raised from 4 to 5
prob.driver.opt_settings['Major iterations limit'] = 5

model.add_design_var('z', lower=np.array([-10.0, 0.0]), upper=np.array([10.0, 10.0]))
model.add_design_var('x', lower=0.0, upper=10.0)
model.add_objective('obj')
model.add_constraint('con1', upper=0.0)
model.add_constraint('con2', upper=0.0)

prob.set_solver_print(level=0)

prob.setup(check=False, mode='rev')

prob.run_driver()
Optimization Problem -- Optimization using pyOpt_sparse
================================================================================
    Objective Function: _objfunc

    Solution: 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Time:                    0.0371
       User Objective Time :       0.0115
       User Sensitivity Time :     0.0197
       Interface Time :            0.0040
       Opt Solver Time:            0.0018
    Calls to Objective Function :       7
    Calls to Sens Function :            6


   Objectives
      Index  Name                   Value
          0  obj_cmp.obj     3.183402E+00

   Variables (c - continuous, i - integer, d - discrete)
      Index  Name   Type      Lower Bound            Value      Upper Bound     Status
          0  z_0      c    -1.000000E+01     1.977641E+00     1.000000E+01           
          1  z_1      c     0.000000E+00     0.000000E+00     1.000000E+01          l
          2  x_0      c     0.000000E+00     0.000000E+00     1.000000E+01          l

   Constraints (i - inequality, e - equality)
      Index  Name          Type          Lower           Value           Upper    Status  Lagrange Multiplier (N/A)
          0  con_cmp1.con1    i  -1.000000E+30   -8.621022E-06    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100
          1  con_cmp2.con2    i  -1.000000E+30   -2.024472E+01    0.000000E+00              9.00000E+100

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

True
print(prob.get_val('z', indices=0))
1.9776413083133966

If you have pyoptsparse 1.1 or greater, then you can send a signal such as SIGUSR1 to a running SNOPT optimization to tell it to terminate cleanly. This is useful if an optimization has gotten close enough to an optimum. How to do this is dependent on your operating system in all cases, on your mpi implementation if you are running mpi, and on your queuing software if you are on a supercomputing cluster. Here is a simple example for unix and mpi.

    ktmoore1$ ps -ef |grep sig
      502 17955   951   0  4:05PM ttys000    0:00.02 mpirun -n 2 python sig_demo.py
      502 17956 17955   0  4:05PM ttys000    0:00.03 python sig_demo.py
      502 17957 17955   0  4:05PM ttys000    0:00.03 python sig_demo.py
      502 17959 17312   0  4:05PM ttys001    0:00.00 grep sig

    ktmoore1$ kill -SIGUSR1 17955

You can enable this feature by setting the “user_terminate_signal” option and giving it a signal (imported from the signal library in Python). By default, user_terminate_signal is None, which disables the feature. Here, we set the signal to SIGUSR1:

import openmdao.api as om
import signal

prob = om.Problem()
model = prob.model

prob.driver = om.pyOptSparseDriver()
prob.driver.options['optimizer'] = "SNOPT"
prob.driver.options['user_terminate_signal'] = signal.SIGUSR1

You can learn more about the available options in the SNOPT_Manual.