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Inexact Subspace Iteration to Accelerate the Solution of Linear Systems with Multiple Right-Hand Sides

Balsa, Carlos Jorge da Rocha. Inexact Subspace Iteration to Accelerate the Solution of Linear Systems with Multiple Right-Hand Sides. PhD, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, 2006

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We propose a two-phase acceleration technique for the solution of Symmetric and Positive Definite (SPD) linear systems with multiple right-hand sides. In the first phase we compute some partial spectral information related to the ill conditioned part of the given coefficient matrix and, in the second phase, we use this information to improve the convergence of the Conjugate Gradient (CG) algorithm. This approach is adequate for large scale problems, like the simulation of time dependent differential equations, where it is necessary to solve consecutively several linear systems with the same coefficient matrix (or with matrices that present very close spectral properties) but with changing right-hand sides. To compute the spectral information, we combine the block Conjugate Gradient algorithm with the Subspace Iteration to build a purely iterative algorithm, that we call Block-CGSI. We analyze the convergence of the blockCG algorithm and exploit the possibility of reducing the total amount of computational work by controlling in a same appropriate manner the accuracy during the solution of linear systems at each subspace iteration. We also improve the global convergence of this algorithm by using Chebyshev polynomials as a spectral filtering tool when building the starting vectors. The concept of “sliding window” was also introduced as an algorithmic feature that enables the computation of a near-invariant subspace of any dimension. The spectral information computed by the BlockCGSI algorithm is then used to remove the effect of the smallest eigenvalues in two different ways: either by building a Spectral Low Rank Update (SLRU) preconditioner that basically adds the value 1 to the approximated eigenvalues, or by performing a deflation of the initial residual in order to remove part of the solution corresponding to the smallest eigenvalues. Both techniques yield important reductions of the total number of iterations and computational work in each subsequent runs of the Conjugate Gradient algorithm. We report on experiments on a 2D diffusion equation as well as on two applications coming from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The analysis of costs and benefits, in terms of floating point operations, helps to validate the strategy as a good way to speed up the solution of symmetric and positive definite linear systems

Item Type:PhD Thesis
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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Daydé, Michel and Palma, José Laginha
Deposited On:21 Nov 2012 13:48

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