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nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec)

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    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy
    9  Example

1  Purpose

nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) is an iterative solver for a real general (nonsymmetric) system of simultaneous linear equations; nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) is the second in a suite of three functions, where the first function, nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc), must be called prior to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) to set up the suite, and the third function in the suite, nag_sparse_nsym_basic_diagnostic (f11bfc), can be used to return additional information about the computation.
These three functions are suitable for the solution of large sparse general (nonsymmetric) systems of equations.

2  Specification

#include <nag.h>
#include <nagf11.h>
void  nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (Integer *irevcm, double u[], double v[], const double wgt[], double work[], Integer lwork, NagError *fail)

3  Description

nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) solves the general (nonsymmetric) system of linear simultaneous equations Ax=b of order n, where n is large and the coefficient matrix A is sparse, using one of four available methods: RGMRES, the preconditioned restarted generalized minimum residual method (see Saad and Schultz (1986)); CGS, the preconditioned conjugate gradient squared method (see Sonneveld (1989)); Bi-CGSTAB(), the bi-conjugate gradient stabilized method of order  (see Van der Vorst (1989) and Sleijpen and Fokkema (1993)); or TFQMR, the transpose-free quasi-minimal residual method (see Freund and Nachtigal (1991) and Freund (1993)).
For a general description of the methods employed you are referred to Section 3 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc).
nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) can solve the system after the first function in the suite, nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc), has been called to initialize the computation and specify the method of solution. The third function in the suite, nag_sparse_nsym_basic_diagnostic (f11bfc), can be used to return additional information generated by the computation, during monitoring steps and after nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) has completed its tasks.
nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) uses reverse communication, i.e., it returns repeatedly to the calling program with the argument irevcm (see Section 5) set to specified values which require the calling program to carry out one of the following tasks:
compute the matrix-vector product v=Au or v=ATu (the four methods require the matrix transpose-vector product only if A1 or A is estimated internally by Higham's method (see Higham (1988)));
solve the preconditioning equation Mv=u;
notify the completion of the computation;
allow the calling program to monitor the solution.
Through the argument irevcm the calling program can cause immediate or tidy termination of the execution. On final exit, the last iterates of the solution and of the residual vectors of the original system of equations are returned.
Reverse communication has the following advantages.
  1. Maximum flexibility in the representation and storage of sparse matrices: all matrix operations are performed outside the solver function, thereby avoiding the need for a complicated interface with enough flexibility to cope with all types of storage schemes and sparsity patterns. This applies also to preconditioners.
  2. Enhanced user interaction: you can closely monitor the progress of the solution and tidy or immediate termination can be requested. This is useful, for example, when alternative termination criteria are to be employed or in case of failure of the external functions used to perform matrix operations.

4  References

Freund R W (1993) A transpose-free quasi-minimal residual algorithm for non-Hermitian linear systems SIAM J. Sci. Comput. 14 470–482
Freund R W and Nachtigal N (1991) QMR: a Quasi-Minimal Residual Method for Non-Hermitian Linear Systems Numer. Math. 60 315–339
Higham N J (1988) FORTRAN codes for estimating the one-norm of a real or complex matrix, with applications to condition estimation ACM Trans. Math. Software 14 381–396
Saad Y and Schultz M (1986) GMRES: a generalized minimal residual algorithm for solving nonsymmetric linear systems SIAM J. Sci. Statist. Comput. 7 856–869
Sleijpen G L G and Fokkema D R (1993) BiCGSTAB for linear equations involving matrices with complex spectrum ETNA 1 11–32
Sonneveld P (1989) CGS, a fast Lanczos-type solver for nonsymmetric linear systems SIAM J. Sci. Statist. Comput. 10 36–52
Van der Vorst H (1989) Bi-CGSTAB, a fast and smoothly converging variant of Bi-CG for the solution of nonsymmetric linear systems SIAM J. Sci. Statist. Comput. 13 631–644

5  Arguments

Note: this function uses reverse communication. Its use involves an initial entry, intermediate exits and re-entries, and a final exit, as indicated by the argument irevcm. Between intermediate exits and re-entries, all arguments other than irevcm and v must remain unchanged.
1:     irevcmInteger *Input/Output
On initial entry: irevcm=0, otherwise an error condition will be raised.
On intermediate re-entry: must either be unchanged from its previous exit value, or can have one of the following values.
irevcm=5
Tidy termination: the computation will terminate at the end of the current iteration. Further reverse communication exits may occur depending on when the termination request is issued. nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) will then return with the termination code irevcm=4. Note that before calling nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) with irevcm=5 the calling program must have performed the tasks required by the value of irevcm returned by the previous call to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec), otherwise subsequently returned values may be invalid.
irevcm=6
Immediate termination: nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) will return immediately with termination code irevcm=4 and with any useful information available. This includes the last iterate of the solution. The residual vector is generally not available.
Immediate termination may be useful, for example, when errors are detected during matrix-vector multiplication or during the solution of the preconditioning equation.
Changing irevcm to any other value between calls will result in an error.
On intermediate exit: has the following meanings.
irevcm=-1
The calling program must compute the matrix-vector product v=ATu, where u and v are stored in u and v, respectively; RGMRES, CGS and Bi-CGSTAB() methods return irevcm=-1 only if the matrix norm A1 or A is estimated internally using Higham's method. This can only happen if iterm=1 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc).
irevcm=1
The calling program must compute the matrix-vector product v=Au, where u and v are stored in u and v, respectively.
irevcm=2
The calling program must solve the preconditioning equation Mv=u, where u and v are stored in u and v, respectively.
irevcm=3
Monitoring step: the solution and residual at the current iteration are returned in the arrays u and v, respectively. No action by the calling program is required. nag_sparse_nsym_basic_diagnostic (f11bfc) can be called at this step to return additional information.
On final exit: irevcm=4: nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) has completed its tasks. The value of fail determines whether the iteration has been successfully completed, errors have been detected or the calling program has requested termination.
Constraint: on initial entry, irevcm=0; on re-entry, either irevcm must remain unchanged or be reset to 5 or 6.
2:     u[dim]doubleInput/Output
Note: the dimension, dim, of the array u must be at least n.
On initial entry: an initial estimate, x0, of the solution of the system of equations Ax=b.
On intermediate re-entry: must remain unchanged.
On intermediate exit: the returned value of irevcm determines the contents of u in the following way:
  • if irevcm=-1, 1 or 2, u holds the vector u on which the operation specified by irevcm is to be carried out;
  • if irevcm=3, u holds the current iterate of the solution vector.
On final exit: if fail.code= NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE or fail.code= NE_BAD_PARAM, the array u is unchanged from the last entry to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec).
Otherwise, u holds the last available iterate of the solution of the system of equations, for all returned values of fail.
3:     v[dim]doubleInput/Output
Note: the dimension, dim, of the array v must be at least n.
On initial entry: the right-hand side b of the system of equations Ax=b.
On intermediate re-entry: the returned value of irevcm determines the contents of v in the following way:
  • if irevcm=-1, 1 or 2, v must store the vector v, the result of the operation specified by the value of irevcm returned by the previous call to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec);
  • if irevcm=3, v must remain unchanged.
On intermediate exit: if irevcm=3, v holds the current iterate of the residual vector. Note that this is an approximation to the true residual vector. Otherwise, it does not contain any useful information.
On final exit: if fail.code= NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE or fail.code= NE_BAD_PARAM, the array v is unchanged from the last entry to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec).
If fail.code= NE_NOERROR or NE_ACCURACY, the array v contains the true residual vector of the system of equations (see also Section 6).
Otherwise, v stores the last available iterate of the residual vector unless fail.code= NE_USER_STOP is returned on last entry, in which case v is set to 0.0.
4:     wgt[dim]const doubleInput
Note: the dimension, dim, of the array wgt must be at least max1,n.
On entry: the user-supplied weights, if these are to be used in the computation of the vector norms in the termination criterion (see Sections 3 and 5 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc)).
Constraint: if weights are to be used, at least one element of wgt must be nonzero.
5:     work[lwork]doubleCommunication Array
On initial entry: the array work as returned by nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc) (see also Section 5 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc)).
On intermediate re-entry: must remain unchanged.
6:     lworkIntegerInput
On initial entry: the dimension of the array work (see also Sections 3 and 5 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc)). The required amount of workspace is as follows:
Method Requirements
RGMRES lwork=100+nm+3+mm+5+1, where m is the dimension of the basis.
CGS lwork=100+7n.
Bi-CGSTAB() lwork=100+2n++2+p, where  is the order of the method.
TFQMR lwork=100+10n,
where
p=2n if >1 and iterm=2 was supplied.
p=n if >1 and a preconditioner is used or iterm=2 was supplied.
p=0 otherwise.
Constraint: lworklwreq, where lwreq is returned by nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc).
7:     failNagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.6 in the Essential Introduction).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

NE_ACCURACY
The required accuracy could not be obtained. However, a reasonable accuracy may have been achieved.
User-requested tidy termination. The required accuracy has not been achieved. However, a reasonable accuracy may have been achieved.
Further information:
nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) has terminated with reasonable accuracy: the last iterate of the residual satisfied the termination criterion but the exact residual r=b-Ax, did not. After the first occurrence of this situation, the iteration was restarted once, but nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) could not improve on the accuracy. This error code usually implies that your problem has been fully and satisfactorily solved to within or close to the accuracy available on your system. Further iterations are unlikely to improve on this situation. You should call nag_sparse_nsym_basic_diagnostic (f11bfc) to check the values of the left- and right-hand sides of the termination condition.
NE_ALG_FAIL
Algorithm breakdown at iteration no. value.
Further information:
The last available iterates of the solution and residuals are returned, although it is possible that they are completely inaccurate.
NE_BAD_PARAM
On entry, argument number value had an illegal value.
On entry, argument value had an illegal value.
NE_CONVERGENCE
The solution has not converged after value iterations.
User-requested tidy termination. The solution has not converged after value iterations.
NE_INT
On entry, irevcm=value.
Constraint: on initial entry, irevcm=0; on re-entry, either irevcm must remain unchanged or be reset to 5 or 6.
On entry, lwork=value.
Constraint: lworklwreq, where lwreq is returned by nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc).
NE_INTERNAL_ERROR
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE
Either nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc) was not called before calling nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) or it has returned an error.
nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) has already completed its tasks. You need to set a new problem.
Further information:
nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) has been called again after returning the termination code irevcm=4. No further computation has been carried out and all input data and data stored for access by nag_sparse_nsym_basic_diagnostic (f11bfc) have remained unchanged.
NE_USER_STOP
User-requested immediate termination.
Further information:
The array u returns the last iterate of the solution, the array v returns the last iterate of the residual vector, for the CGS and TFQMR methods only.
NE_WEIGHT_ZERO
The weights in array wgt are all zero.

7  Accuracy

On completion, i.e., irevcm=4 on exit, the arrays u and v will return the solution and residual vectors, xk and rk=b-Axk, respectively, at the kth iteration, the last iteration performed, unless an immediate termination was requested.
On successful completion, the termination criterion is satisfied to within the user-specified tolerance, as described in Section 3 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc). The computed values of the left- and right-hand sides of the termination criterion selected can be obtained by a call to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_diagnostic (f11bfc).

8  Further Comments

The number of operations carried out by nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) for each iteration is likely to be principally determined by the computation of the matrix-vector products v=Au and by the solution of the preconditioning equation Mv=u in the calling program. Each of these operations is carried out once every iteration.
The number of the remaining operations in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) for each iteration is approximately proportional to n.
The number of iterations required to achieve a prescribed accuracy cannot be easily determined at the onset, as it can depend dramatically on the conditioning and spectrum of the preconditioned matrix of the coefficients A-=M-1A (RGMRES, CGS and TFQMR methods) or A-=AM-1 (Bi-CGSTAB() method).
Additional matrix-vector products are required for the computation of A1 or A, when this has not been supplied to nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc) and is required by the termination criterion employed.
If the termination criterion rkp τ bp+Ap × xkp  is used (see Section 3 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc)) and x0xk, then the required accuracy cannot be obtained due to loss of significant digits. The iteration is restarted automatically at some suitable point: nag_sparse_nsym_basic_solver (f11bec) sets x0=xk and the computation begins again. For particularly badly scaled problems, more than one restart may be necessary. This does not apply to the RGMRES method which, by its own nature, self-restarts every super-iteration. Naturally, restarting adds to computational costs: it is recommended that the iteration should start from a value x0 which is as close to the true solution x~ as can be estimated. Otherwise, the iteration should start from x0=0.

9  Example

See Section 9 in nag_sparse_nsym_basic_setup (f11bdc).

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