DynamicNLPModels.jl is a package for Julia designed for representing linear model predictive control (MPC) problems. It includes an API for building a model from user defined data and querying solutions.


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To install this package, please use

using Pkg


pkg> add


DynamicNLPModels.jl can construct both sparse and condensed formulations for MPC problems based on user defined data. We use the methods discussed by Jerez et al. to eliminate the states and condense the problem. DynamicNLPModels.jl constructs models that are subtypes of AbstractNLPModel from NLPModels.jl enabling both the sparse and condensed models to be solved with a variety of different solver packages in Julia. DynamicNLPModels was designed in part with the goal of solving linear MPC problems on the GPU. This can be done within MadNLP.jl using MadNLPGPU.jl.

The general sparse formulation used within DynamicNLPModels.jl is

\[\begin{aligned} \min_{s, u, v} &\; s_N^\top Q_f s_N + \frac{1}{2} \sum_{i = 0}^{N-1} \left[ \begin{array}{c} s_i \\ u_i \end{array} \right]^\top \left[ \begin{array}{cc} Q & S \\ S^\top & R \end{array} \right] \left[ \begin{array}{c} s_i \\ u_i \end{array} \right]\\ \textrm{s.t.} &\;s_{i+1} = As_i + Bu_i + w_i \quad \forall i = 0, 1, \cdots, N - 1 \\ &\; u_i = Ks_i + v_i \quad \forall i = 0, 1, \cdots, N - 1 \\ &\; g^l \le E s_i + F u_i \le g^u \quad \forall i = 0, 1, \cdots, N - 1\\ &\; s^l \le s_i \le s^u \quad \forall i = 0, 1, \cdots, N \\ &\; u^l \le u_t \le u^u \quad \forall i = 0, 1, \cdots, N - 1\\ &\; s_0 = \bar{s} \end{aligned}\]

where $s_i$ are the states, $u_i$ are the inputs, $N$ is the time horizon, $\bar{s}$ are the initial states, and $Q$, $R$, $A$, and $B$ are user defined data. The matrices $Q_f$, $S$, $K$, $E$, and $F$ and the vectors $w$, $g^l$, $g^u$, $s^l$, $s^u$, $u^l$, and $u^u$ are optional data. $v_t$ is only needed in the condensed formulation, and it arises when $K$ is defined by the user to ensure numerical stability of the condensed problem.

The condensed formulation used within DynamicNLPModels.jl is

\[\begin{aligned} \min_{\boldsymbol{v}} &\;\; \frac{1}{2} \boldsymbol{v}^\top \boldsymbol{H} \boldsymbol{v} + \boldsymbol{h}^\top \boldsymbol{v} + \boldsymbol{h}_0\\ \textrm{s.t.} &\; d^l \le \boldsymbol{J} \boldsymbol{v} \le d^u. \end{aligned}\]

Bug reports and support

This package is new and still undergoing some development. If you encounter a bug, please report it through Github's issue tracker.