Speeding up MCS Algorithm for the Maximum Clique Problem with ILS Heuristic and Other Enhancements
In this chapter, we present our enhancements of one of the most efficient exact algorithms for the maximum clique problem—MCS algorithm by Tomita, Sutani, Higashi, Takahashi and Wakatsuki (in Proceedings of WALCOM’10, 2010, pp. 191–203). Our enhancements include: applying ILS heuristic by Andrade, Resende and Werneck (in Heuristics 18:525–547, 2012) to find a high-quality initial solution, fast detection of clique vertices in a set of candidates, better initial coloring, and avoiding dynamic memory allocation. A good initial solution considerably reduces the search tree size due to early pruning of branches related to small cliques. Fast detecting of clique vertices is based on coloring. Whenever a set of candidates contains a vertex adjacent to all candidates, we detect it immediately by its color and add it to the current clique avoiding unnecessary branching. Though dynamic memory allocation allows to minimize memory consumption of the program, it increases the total running time. Our computational experiments show that for dense graphs with a moderate number of vertices (like the majority of DIMACS graphs) it is more efficient to store vertices of a set of candidates and their colors on stack rather than in dynamic memory on all levels of recursion. Our algorithm solves p_hat1000-3 benchmark instance which cannot be solved by the original MCS algorithm. We got speedups of 7, 3000, and 13000 times for gen400_p0.9_55, gen400_p0.9_65, and gen400_p0.9_75 instances, correspondingly.