Combinatorial optimization algorithms which compute exact ground state configurations in disordered magnets are seen to exhibit critical slowing down at zero temperature phase transitions. Using arguments based on the physical picture of the model, including vanishing stiffness on scales beyond the correlation length and the ground state degeneracy, the number of operations carried out by one such algorithm, the push-relabel algorithm for the random field Ising model, can be estimated. Some scaling can also be predicted for the 2D spin glass.
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