Creating the model

Once an environment has been created, the next step is to create a model. A Gurobi model holds a single optimization problem. It consists of a set of variables, a set of constraints, and the associated attributes (variable bounds, objective coefficients, variable integrality types, constraint senses, constraint right-hand side values, etc.). The first step towards building a model that contains all of this information is to create an empty model object:

  /* Create an empty model */
  error = GRBnewmodel(env, &model, "mip1", 0, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL, NULL);
  if (error) goto QUIT;

The first argument to GRBnewmodel() is the previously created environment. The second is a pointer to the location where the pointer to the new model should be stored. The third is the name of the model. The fourth is the number of variables to initially add to the model. Since we're creating an empty model, the number of initial variables is 0. The remaining arguments would describe the initial variables (lower bounds, upper bounds, variable types, etc.), had they been present.