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nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac)

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    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) computes an incomplete LU  factorization of a real sparse nonsymmetric matrix, represented in coordinate storage format. This factorization may be used as a preconditioner in combination with nag_sparse_nsym_fac_sol (f11dcc).

2  Specification

#include <nag.h>
#include <nagf11.h>
void  nag_sparse_nsym_fac (Integer n, Integer nnz, double *a[], Integer *la, Integer *irow[], Integer *icol[], Integer lfill, double dtol, Nag_SparseNsym_Piv pstrat, Nag_SparseNsym_Fact milu, Integer ipivp[], Integer ipivq[], Integer istr[], Integer idiag[], Integer *nnzc, Integer *npivm, NagError *fail)

3  Description

nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) computes an incomplete LU  factorization (Meijerink and Van der Vorst (1977) and Meijerink and Van der Vorst (1981)) of a real sparse nonsymmetric n  by n  matrix A . The factorization is intended primarily for use as a preconditioner with the iterative solver nag_sparse_nsym_fac_sol (f11dcc).
The decomposition is written in the form
A = M + R
where
M = PLDUQ
and L  is lower triangular with unit diagonal elements, D  is diagonal, U  is upper triangular with unit diagonals, P  and Q  are permutation matrices, and R  is a remainder matrix.
The amount of fill-in occurring in the factorization can vary from zero to complete fill, and can be controlled by specifying either the maximum level of fill lfill, or the drop tolerance dtol.
The argument pstrat defines the pivoting strategy to be used. The options currently available are no pivoting, user-defined pivoting, partial pivoting by columns for stability, and complete pivoting by rows for sparsity and by columns for stability. The factorization may optionally be modified to preserve the row-sums of the original matrix.
The sparse matrix A  is represented in coordinate storage (CS) format (see Section 2.1.2 in the f11 Chapter Introduction). The array a stores all the nonzero elements of the matrix A , while arrays irow and icol store the corresponding row and column indices respectively. Multiple nonzero elements may not be specified for the same row and column index.
The preconditioning matrix M  is returned in terms of the CS representation of the matrix
C = L + D -1 + U - 2 I .
Further algorithmic details are given in Section 8.3.

4  References

Meijerink J and Van der Vorst H (1977) An iterative solution method for linear systems of which the coefficient matrix is a symmetric M-matrix Math. Comput. 31 148–162
Meijerink J and Van der Vorst H (1981) Guidelines for the usage of incomplete decompositions in solving sets of linear equations as they occur in practical problems J. Comput. Phys. 44 134–155
Salvini S A and Shaw G J (1996) An evaluation of new NAG Library solvers for large sparse unsymmetric linear systems NAG Technical Report TR2/96

5  Arguments

1:     nIntegerInput
On entry: the order of the matrix A .
Constraint: n1 .
2:     nnzIntegerInput
On entry: the number of nonzero elements in the matrix A .
Constraint: 1 nnz n 2 .
3:     a[la]double *Input/Output
On entry: the nonzero elements in the matrix A , ordered by increasing row index, and by increasing column index within each row. Multiple entries for the same row and column indices are not permitted. The function nag_sparse_nsym_sort (f11zac) may be used to order the elements in this way.
On exit: the first nnz entries of a contain the nonzero elements of A  and the next nnzc entries contain the elements of the matrix C . Matrix elements are ordered by increasing row index, and by increasing column index within each row.
4:     laInteger *Input/Output
On entry:
These arrays must be of sufficient size to store both A  (nnz elements) and C  (nnzc elements); for this reason the length of the arrays may be changed internally by calls to realloc. It is therefore imperative that these arrays are allocated using malloc and not declared as automatic arrays
On exit: if internal allocation has taken place then la is set to nnz+nnzc , otherwise it remains unchanged.
Constraint: la 2 × nnz .
5:     irow[la]Integer *Input/Output
6:     icol[la]Integer *Input/Output
On entry: the row and column indices of the nonzero elements supplied in a.
Constraints:
  • irow and icol must satisfy the following constraints (which may be imposed by a call to nag_sparse_nsym_sort (f11zac)):;
  • 1 irow[i] n  and 1 icol[i] n , for i=0,1,,nnz-1;
  • irow[i-1] < irow[i]  or irow[i-1] = irow[i]  and icol[i-1] < icol[i] , for i=1,2,,nnz-1.
On exit: the row and column indices of the nonzero elements returned in a.
7:     lfillIntegerInput
On entry: if lfill0  its value is the maximum level of fill allowed in the decomposition (see Section 8.2). A negative value of lfill indicates that dtol will be used to control the fill instead.
8:     dtoldoubleInput
On entry: if lfill<0  then dtol is used as a drop tolerance to control the fill-in (see Section 8.2); otherwise dtol is not referenced.
Constraint: if lfill<0 , dtol0.0 .
9:     pstratNag_SparseNsym_PivInput
On entry: specifies the pivoting strategy to be adopted as follows:
  • if pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_NoPiv, no pivoting is carried out;
  • if pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_UserPiv, pivoting is carried out according to the user-defined input value of ipivp and ipivq;
  • if pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_PartialPiv, partial pivoting by columns for stability is carried out;
  • if pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_CompletePiv, complete pivoting by rows for sparsity, and by columns for stability, is carried out.
Suggested value: pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_CompletePiv.
Constraint: pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_NoPiv, Nag_SparseNsym_UserPiv, Nag_SparseNsym_PartialPiv or Nag_SparseNsym_CompletePiv.
10:   miluNag_SparseNsym_FactInput
On entry: indicates whether or not the factorization should be modified to preserve row sums (see Section 8.4):
  • if milu=Nag_SparseNsym_ModFact, the factorization is modified (milu);
  • if milu=Nag_SparseNsym_UnModFact, the factorization is not modified.
Constraint: milu=Nag_SparseNsym_ModFact or Nag_SparseNsym_UnModFact.
11:   ipivp[n]IntegerInput/Output
12:   ipivq[n]IntegerInput/Output
On entry: if pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_UserPiv, ipivp[k-1]  and ipivq[k-1]  must specify the row and column indices of the element used as a pivot at elimination stage k . Otherwise ipivp and ipivq need not be initialized.
Constraint: if pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_UserPiv, ipivp and ipivq must both hold valid permutations of the integers on 1,n .
On exit: the pivot indices. If ipivp[k-1] = i  and ipivq[k-1] = j  then the element in row i  and column j  was used as the pivot at elimination stage k .
13:   istr[n+1]IntegerOutput
On exit: istr[i-1]-1 , for i=1,2,,n is the index of arrays a, irow and icol where row i  of the matrix C  starts. istr[n]-1  is the address of the last nonzero element in C  plus one.
14:   idiag[n]IntegerOutput
On exit: idiag[i-1] , for i=1,2,,n holds the index in the arrays a, irow and icol which holds the diagonal element in row i  of the matrix C .
15:   nnzcInteger *Output
On exit: the number of nonzero elements in the matrix C .
16:   npivmInteger *Output
On exit: if npivm>0  it gives the number of pivots which were modified during the factorization to ensure that M  exists.
If npivm = -1  no pivot modifications were required, but a local restart occurred (Section 8.4). The quality of the preconditioner will generally depend on the returned value of npivm. If npivm is large the preconditioner may not be satisfactory. In this case it may be advantageous to call nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) again with an increased value of lfill, a reduced value of dtol, or pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_CompletePiv.
17:   failNagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.6 in the Essential Introduction).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

NE_2_INT_ARG_LT
On entry, la=value  while nnz=value . These arguments must satisfy la 2 × nnz .
NE_ALLOC_FAIL
Dynamic memory allocation failed.
NE_BAD_PARAM
On entry, argument milu had an illegal value.
On entry, argument pstrat had an illegal value.
NE_INT_2
On entry, nnz=value , n=value .
Constraint: 1 nnz n 2 . .
NE_INT_ARG_LT
On entry, n=value.
Constraint: n1.
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_INVALID_ROWCOL_PIVOT
On entry, pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_UserPiv, but one or both of the arrays ipivp and ipivq does not represent a valid permutation of the integers in 1,n . An input value of ipivp or ipivq is either out of range or repeated.
NE_NONSYMM_MATRIX_DUP
A nonzero matrix element has been supplied which does not lie within the matrix A , is out of order or has duplicate row and column indices, i.e., one or more of the following constraints has been violated:
1 irow[i] n , 1 icol[i] n , for i=0,1,,nnz - 1.
irow[i-1] < irow[i] , or
irow[i-1] = irow[i]  and icol[i-1] < icol[i] , for i=1,2,,nnz - 1.
Call nag_sparse_nsym_sort (f11zac) to reorder and sum or remove duplicates.
NE_REAL_INT_ARG_CONS
On entry, dtol=value  and lfill=value . These arguments must satisfy dtol0.0  if lfill<0 .

7  Accuracy

The accuracy of the factorization will be determined by the size of the elements that are dropped and the size of any modifications made to the pivot elements. If these sizes are small then the computed factors will correspond to a matrix close to A . The factorization can generally be made more accurate by increasing lfill, or by reducing dtol with lfill<0 .
If nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) is used in combination with nag_sparse_nsym_fac_sol (f11dcc), the more accurate the factorization the fewer iterations will be required. However, the cost of the decomposition will also generally increase.

8  Further Comments

8.1  Timing

The time taken for a call to nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) is roughly proportional to nnzc 2 / n .

8.2  Control of Fill-in

If lfill0  the amount of fill-in occurring in the incomplete factorization is controlled by limiting the maximum level of fill-in to lfill. The original nonzero elements of A  are defined to be of level 0. The fill level of a new nonzero location occurring during the factorization is defined as:
k = max k e , k c + 1 ,
where k e  is the level of fill of the element being eliminated, and k c  is the level of fill of the element causing the fill-in.
If lfill<0  the fill-in is controlled by means of the drop tolerance dtol. A potential fill-in element a ij  occurring in row i  and column j  will not be included if:
a ij < dtol × α ,
where α  is the maximum absolute value element in the matrix A .
For either method of control, any elements which are not included are discarded unless milu=Nag_SparseNsym_ModFact, in which case their contributions are subtracted from the pivot element in the relevant elimination row, to preserve the row-sums of the original matrix.
Should the factorization process break down a local restart process is implemented as described in Section 8.4. This will affect the amount of fill present in the final factorization.

8.3  Algorithmic Details

The factorization is constructed row by row. At each elimination stage a row index is chosen. In the case of complete pivoting this index is chosen in order to reduce fill-in. Otherwise the rows are treated in the order given, or some user-defined order.
The chosen row is copied from the original matrix A  and modified according to those previous elimination stages which affect it. During this process any fill-in elements are either dropped or kept according to the values of lfill or dtol. In the case of a modified factorization (milu=Nag_SparseNsym_ModFact) the sum of the dropped terms for the given row is stored.
Finally the pivot element for the row is chosen and the multipliers are computed for this elimination stage. For partial or complete pivoting the pivot element is chosen in the interests of stability as the element of largest absolute value in the row. Otherwise the pivot element is chosen in the order given, or some user-defined order.
If the factorization breaks down because the chosen pivot element is zero, or there is no nonzero pivot available, a local restart recovery process is implemented. The modification of the given pivot row according to previous elimination stages is repeated, but this time keeping all fill. Note that in this case the final factorization will include more fill than originally specified by the user-supplied value of lfill or dtol. The local restart usually results in a suitable nonzero pivot arising. The original criteria for dropping fill-in elements is then resumed for the next elimination stage (hence the local nature of the restart process). Should this restart process also fail to produce a nonzero pivot element an arbitrary unit pivot is introduced in an arbitrarily chosen column. nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) returns an integer argument npivm which gives the number of these arbitrary unit pivots introduced. If no pivots were modified but local restarts occurred npivm = -1  is returned.

8.4  Choice of Arguments

There is unfortunately no choice of the various algorithmic arguments which is optimal for all types of matrix, and some experimentation will generally be required for each new type of matrix encountered.
If the matrix A  is not known to have any particular special properties the following strategy is recommended. Start with lfill=0  and pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_CompletePiv. If the value returned for npivm is significantly larger than zero, i.e., a large number of pivot modifications were required to ensure that M  existed, the preconditioner is not likely to be satisfactory. In this case increase lfill until npivm falls to a value close to zero.
If A  has non-positive off-diagonal elements, is non-singular, and has only non-negative elements in its inverse, it is called an ‘M-matrix’. It can be shown that no pivot modifications are required in the incomplete LU  factorization of an M-matrix (Meijerink and Van der Vorst (1977)). In this case a good preconditioner can generally be expected by setting lfill=0 , pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_NoPiv and milu=Nag_SparseNsym_ModFact.
Some illustrations of the application of nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) to linear systems arising from the discretization of two-dimensional elliptic partial differential equations, and to random-valued randomly structured linear systems, can be found in Salvini and Shaw (1996).

8.5  Direct Solution of Sparse Linear Systems

Although it is not their primary purpose nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) and nag_sparse_nsym_precon_ilu_solve (f11dbc) may be used together to obtain a direct solution to a nonsingular sparse linear system. To achieve this the call to nag_sparse_nsym_precon_ilu_solve (f11dbc) should be preceded by a complete LU factorization
A = PLDUQ = M .
A complete factorization is obtained from a call to nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) with lfill<0 and dtol=0.0, provided npivm0 on exit. A positive value of npivm indicates that A is singular, or ill-conditioned. A factorization with positive npivm may serve as a preconditioner, but will not result in a direct solution. It is therefore essential to check the output value of npivm if a direct solution is required.
The use of nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) and nag_sparse_nsym_precon_ilu_solve (f11dbc) as a direct method is illustrated in Section 9 in nag_sparse_nsym_precon_ilu_solve (f11dbc).

9  Example

This example program reads in a sparse matrix A  and calls nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) to compute an incomplete LU  factorization. It then outputs the nonzero elements of both A  and C = L + D -1 + U - 2 I .
The call to nag_sparse_nsym_fac (f11dac) has lfill=0 , and pstrat=Nag_SparseNsym_CompletePiv, giving an unmodified zero-fill LU  factorization, with row pivoting for sparsity and column pivoting for stability.

9.1  Program Text

Program Text (f11dace.c)

9.2  Program Data

Program Data (f11dace.d)

9.3  Program Results

Program Results (f11dace.r)


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