NAG Library Function Document
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec)
1 Purpose
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) is an iterative solver for a symmetric system of simultaneous linear equations; nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) is the second in a suite of three functions, where the first function,
nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc), must be called prior to nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) to set up the suite, and the third function in the suite,
nag_sparse_sym_basic_diagnostic (f11gfc), can be used to return additional information about the computation.
These three functions are suitable for the solution of large sparse symmetric systems of equations.
2 Specification
#include <nag.h> 
#include <nagf11.h> 
void 
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (Integer *irevcm,
double u[],
double v[],
const double wgt[],
double work[],
Integer lwork,
NagError *fail) 

3 Description
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) solves the symmetric system of linear simultaneous equations
$Ax=b$ using the preconditioned conjugate gradient method (see
Hestenes and Stiefel (1952),
Golub and Van Loan (1996),
Barrett et al. (1994) and
Dias da Cunha and Hopkins (1994)), a preconditioned Lanczos method based upon the algorithm SYMMLQ (see
Paige and Saunders (1975) and
Barrett et al. (1994)), or the MINRES algorithm (see
Paige and Saunders (1975)).
For a general description of the methods employed you are referred to
Section 3 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc).
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) can solve the system after the first function in the suite,
nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc), has been called to initialize the computation and specify the method of solution. The third function in the suite,
nag_sparse_sym_basic_diagnostic (f11gfc), can be used to return additional information generated by the computation during monitoring steps and after nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) has completed its tasks.
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) uses
reverse communication, i.e., nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) 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 a specific task: either to compute the matrixvector product
$v=Au$; to solve the preconditioning equation
$Mv=u$; to notify the completion of the computation; or, to 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.
 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.
 Enhanced user interaction: you can closely monitor 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
Barrett R, Berry M, Chan T F, Demmel J, Donato J, Dongarra J, Eijkhout V, Pozo R, Romine C and Van der Vorst H (1994) Templates for the Solution of Linear Systems: Building Blocks for Iterative Methods SIAM, Philadelphia
Dias da Cunha R and Hopkins T (1994) PIM 1.1 — the parallel iterative method package for systems of linear equations user's guide — Fortran 77 version Technical Report Computing Laboratory, University of Kent at Canterbury, Kent, UK
Golub G H and Van Loan C F (1996) Matrix Computations (3rd Edition) Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
Hestenes M and Stiefel E (1952) Methods of conjugate gradients for solving linear systems J. Res. Nat. Bur. Stand. 49 409–436
Higham N J (1988) FORTRAN codes for estimating the onenorm of a real or complex matrix, with applications to condition estimation ACM Trans. Math. Software 14 381–396
Paige C C and Saunders M A (1975) Solution of sparse indefinite systems of linear equations SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 12 617–629
5 Arguments
Note: this function uses
reverse communication. Its use involves an initial entry, intermediate exits and reentries, and a final exit, as indicated by the argument
irevcm. Between intermediate exits and reentries,
all arguments other than irevcm and v must remain unchanged.
 1:
irevcm – Integer *Input/Output
On initial entry: ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=0$, otherwise an error condition will be raised.
On intermediate reentry: must either be unchanged from its previous exit value, or can have one of the following values.
 ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=5$
 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_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) will then return with the termination code ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=4$. Note that before calling nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) with ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=5$ the calling program must have performed the tasks required by the value of irevcm returned by the previous call to nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec), otherwise subsequently returned values may be invalid.
 ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=6$
 Immediate termination: nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) will return immediately with termination code ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=4$ and with any useful information available. This includes the last iterate of the solution and, for conjugate gradient only, the last iterate of the residual vector. The residual vector is generally not available when the Lanczos method (SYMMLQ) is used. nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) will then return with the termination code ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=4$.
Immediate termination may be useful, for example, when errors are detected during matrixvector 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.
 ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=1$
 The calling program must compute the matrixvector product $v=Au$, where $u$ and $v$ are stored in u and v, respectively.
 ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=2$
 The calling program must solve the preconditioning equation $Mv=u$, where $u$ and $v$ are stored in u and v, respectively.
 ${\mathbf{irevcm}}=3$
 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. To return additional information nag_sparse_sym_basic_diagnostic (f11gfc) can be called at this step.
On final exit: if
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=4$, nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) has completed its tasks. The value of
fail.code determines whether the iteration has been successfully completed, errors have been detected or the calling program has requested termination.
Constraint:
on initial entry,
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=0$; on reentry, either
irevcm must remain unchanged or be reset to
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=5$ or
$6$.
 2:
u[$\mathit{dim}$] – doubleInput/Output

Note: the dimension,
dim, of the array
u
must be at least
$\mathit{n}$.
On initial entry: an initial estimate, ${x}_{0}$, of the solution of the system of equations $Ax=b$.
On intermediate reentry: must remain unchanged.
On intermediate exit:
the returned value of
irevcm determines the contents of
u in the following way.
If
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=1$ or
$2$,
u holds the vector
$u$ on which the operation specified by
irevcm is to be carried out.
If
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=3$,
u holds the current iterate of the solution vector.
On final exit: if after the first call
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\text{}$NE_BAD_PARAM,
NE_INT or
NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE, the array
u is unchanged from the initial entry to nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec). If after an intermediate call
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\text{}$NE_BAD_PARAM,
NE_INT or
NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE, the array
u is unchanged from the last entry to nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec). Otherwise,
u holds the last iterate of the solution of the system of equations, for all returned values of
fail.code.
 3:
v[$\mathit{dim}$] – doubleInput/Output

Note: the dimension,
dim, of the array
v
must be at least
$\mathit{n}$.
On initial entry: the righthand side $b$ of the system of equations $Ax=b$.
On intermediate reentry: the returned value of
irevcm determines the contents of
v in the following way.
If
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=1$ 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_sym_basic_solver (f11gec).
If
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=3$,
v must remain unchanged.
On intermediate exit:
if
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=3$,
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 after the first call
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\text{}$NE_BAD_PARAM,
NE_INT or
NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE, the array
v is unchanged from the initial entry to nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec). If after an intermediate call
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\text{}$NE_BAD_PARAM,
NE_INT or
NE_OUT_OF_SEQUENCE, the array
v is unchanged from the last entry to nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec). Otherwise,
v stores the last iterate of the residual vector unless the Lanczos method (SYMMLQ) was used and
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{code}=\text{}$NE_COEFF_NOT_POS_DEF,
NE_CONVERGENCE,
NE_PRECOND_NOT_POS_DEF,
NE_SINGULAR,
NE_USER_STOP or
NE_WEIGHT_ZERO, in which case
v is set to
$0.0$.
 4:
wgt[$\mathit{dim}$] – const doubleInput

Note: the dimension,
dim, of the array
wgt
must be at least
$\mathrm{max}\phantom{\rule{0.125em}{0ex}}\left(1,\mathit{n}\right)$.
On entry: the usersupplied 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_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc)).
Weights are NOT used in the MINRES algorithm.
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_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc) (see also
Section 5 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc)).
On intermediate reentry: must remain unchanged.
 6:
lwork – IntegerInput
On initial entry: the dimension of the array
work (see also
Section 3 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc)). The required amount of workspace is as follows:
Method 
Requirements 
CG 
${\mathbf{lwork}}=120+5\mathit{n}+p$. 
SYMMLQ 
${\mathbf{lwork}}=120+6\mathit{n}+p$, 
MINRES 
${\mathbf{lwork}}=120+9\mathit{n}$, 
where
 $p=2*\left({\mathbf{maxits}}+1\right)$, when an estimate of ${\sigma}_{1}\left(A\right)$ (sigmax) is computed;
 $p=0$, otherwise.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{lwork}}\ge {\mathbf{lwreq}}$, where
lwreq is returned by
nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc).
 7:
fail – NagError *Input/Output

The NAG error argument (see
Section 3.6 in the Essential Introduction).
6 Error Indicators and Warnings
 NE_ACCURACY
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{errnum}=1$
Userrequested termination: the required accuracy could not be obtained.
However, a reasonable accuracy may have been achieved.
${\mathbf{fail}}\mathbf{.}\mathbf{errnum}=2$
The required accuracy could not be obtained.
However, a reasonable accuracy may have been achieved.
 NE_BAD_PARAM
On entry, argument $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ had an illegal value.
On initial entry, argument number $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ had an illegal value.
On intermediate reentry, argument number $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ had an illegal value.
 NE_COEFF_NOT_POS_DEF
The matrix of the coefficients $A$ appears not to be positive definite.
The computation cannot continue.
 NE_CONVERGENCE
The solution has not converged after $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ iterations.
Userrequested tidy termination.
The solution has not converged after $\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$ iterations.
 NE_INT
On entry,
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
Constraint: on initial entry,
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=0$; on reentry, either
irevcm must remain unchanged or be reset to
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=5$ or
$6$.
On entry,
${\mathbf{lwork}}=\u2329\mathit{\text{value}}\u232a$.
Constraint:
${\mathbf{lwork}}\ge {\mathbf{lwreq}}$, where
lwreq is returned by
nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc).
 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_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc) was not called before calling this function
or it has returned an error.
nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) has already completed its tasks. You need to set a new problem.
 NE_PRECOND_NOT_POS_DEF
The preconditioner appears not to be positive definite.
The computation cannot continue.
 NE_SINGULAR
The matrix of the coefficients $A$ appears to be singular.
The computation cannot continue.
 NE_USER_STOP
Userrequested immediate termination.
 NE_WEIGHT_ZERO
The weights in array
wgt are all zero.
7 Accuracy
On completion, i.e.,
${\mathbf{irevcm}}=4$ on exit, the arrays
u and
v will return the solution and residual vectors,
${x}_{k}$ and
${r}_{k}=bA{x}_{k}$, respectively, at the
$k$th iteration, the last iteration performed, unless an immediate termination was requested and the Lanczos method (SYMMLQ) was used.
On successful completion, the termination criterion is satisfied to within the userspecified tolerance, as described in
Section 3 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc). The computed values of the left and righthand sides of the termination criterion selected can be obtained by a call to
nag_sparse_sym_basic_diagnostic (f11gfc).
The number of operations carried out by nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) for each iteration is likely to be principally determined by the computation of the matrixvector 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_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) for each iteration is approximately proportional to $\mathit{n}$. Note that the Lanczos method (SYMMLQ) requires a slightly larger number of operations than the conjugate gradient method.
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 $\stackrel{}{A}={E}^{1}A{E}^{\mathrm{T}}$.
Additional matrixvector products are required for the computation of
${\Vert A\Vert}_{1}={\Vert A\Vert}_{\infty}$, when this has not been supplied to
nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc) and is required by the termination criterion employed.
The number of operations required to compute
${\sigma}_{1}\left(\stackrel{}{A}\right)$ is negligible for reasonable values of
sigtol and
maxits (see
Sections 5 and
8 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc)).
If the termination criterion
${\Vert {r}_{k}\Vert}_{p}\le \tau \left({\Vert b\Vert}_{p}+{\Vert A\Vert}_{p}\times {\Vert {x}_{k}\Vert}_{p}\right)$ is used (see
Section 3 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc)) and
$\Vert {x}_{0}\Vert \gg \Vert {x}_{k}\Vert $, so that because of loss of significant digits the required accuracy could not be obtained, the iteration is restarted automatically at some suitable point: nag_sparse_sym_basic_solver (f11gec) sets
${x}_{0}={x}_{k}$ and the computation begins again. For particularly badly scaled problems, more than one restart may be necessary. Naturally, restarting adds to computational costs: it is recommended that the iteration should start from a value
${x}_{0}$ which is as close to the true solution
$\stackrel{~}{x}$ as can be estimated. Otherwise, the iteration should start from
${x}_{0}=0$.
9 Example
See
Section 9 in nag_sparse_sym_basic_setup (f11gdc).