DFSA

DFL - A Derivative-Free Library - DFSA: A magnetic resonance device designed via global optimization techniques. We are concerned with the design of a small low-cost, low-field multipolar magnet for Magnetic Resonance Imaging with a high field uniformity. By introducing appropriate variables, the considered design problem is converted into a global optimization one. This latter problem is solved by means of a new derivative free global optimization method which is a distributed multi-start type algorithm controlled by means of a simulated annealing criterion. In particular, the proposed method employs, as local search engine, a derivative free procedure. Under reasonable assumptions, we prove that this local algorithm is attracted by global minimum points. Additionally, we show that the simulated annealing strategy is able to produce a suitable starting point in a finite number of steps with probability one.