NAG Library Routine Document

f07mdf (dsytrf)


f07mdf (dsytrf) computes the Bunch–Kaufman factorization of a real symmetric indefinite matrix.


Fortran Interface
Subroutine f07mdf ( uplo, n, a, lda, ipiv, work, lwork, info)
Integer, Intent (In):: n, lda, lwork
Integer, Intent (Inout):: ipiv(*)
Integer, Intent (Out):: info
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Inout):: a(lda,*)
Real (Kind=nag_wp), Intent (Out):: work(max(1,lwork))
Character (1), Intent (In):: uplo
C Header Interface
#include <nagmk26.h>
void  f07mdf_ (const char *uplo, const Integer *n, double a[], const Integer *lda, Integer ipiv[], double work[], const Integer *lwork, Integer *info, const Charlen length_uplo)
The routine may be called by its LAPACK name dsytrf.


f07mdf (dsytrf) factorizes a real symmetric matrix A, using the Bunch–Kaufman diagonal pivoting method. A is factorized as either A=PUDUTPT if uplo='U' or A=PLDLTPT if uplo='L', where P is a permutation matrix, U (or L) is a unit upper (or lower) triangular matrix and D is a symmetric block diagonal matrix with 1 by 1 and 2 by 2 diagonal blocks; U (or L) has 2 by 2 unit diagonal blocks corresponding to the 2 by 2 blocks of D. Row and column interchanges are performed to ensure numerical stability while preserving symmetry.
This method is suitable for symmetric matrices which are not known to be positive definite. If A is in fact positive definite, no interchanges are performed and no 2 by 2 blocks occur in D.


Golub G H and Van Loan C F (1996) Matrix Computations (3rd Edition) Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore


1:     uplo – Character(1)Input
On entry: specifies whether the upper or lower triangular part of A is stored and how A is to be factorized.
The upper triangular part of A is stored and A is factorized as PUDUTPT, where U is upper triangular.
The lower triangular part of A is stored and A is factorized as PLDLTPT, where L is lower triangular.
Constraint: uplo='U' or 'L'.
2:     n – IntegerInput
On entry: n, the order of the matrix A.
Constraint: n0.
3:     alda* – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
Note: the second dimension of the array a must be at least max1,n.
On entry: the n by n symmetric indefinite matrix A.
  • If uplo='U', the upper triangular part of A must be stored and the elements of the array below the diagonal are not referenced.
  • If uplo='L', the lower triangular part of A must be stored and the elements of the array above the diagonal are not referenced.
On exit: the upper or lower triangle of A is overwritten by details of the block diagonal matrix D and the multipliers used to obtain the factor U or L as specified by uplo.
4:     lda – IntegerInput
On entry: the first dimension of the array a as declared in the (sub)program from which f07mdf (dsytrf) is called.
Constraint: ldamax1,n.
5:     ipiv* – Integer arrayOutput
Note: the dimension of the array ipiv must be at least max1,n.
On exit: details of the interchanges and the block structure of D. More precisely,
  • if ipivi=k>0, dii is a 1 by 1 pivot block and the ith row and column of A were interchanged with the kth row and column;
  • if uplo='U' and ipivi-1=ipivi=-l<0, di-1,i-1d-i,i-1 d-i,i-1dii  is a 2 by 2 pivot block and the i-1th row and column of A were interchanged with the lth row and column;
  • if uplo='L' and ipivi=ipivi+1=-m<0, diidi+1,idi+1,idi+1,i+1 is a 2 by 2 pivot block and the i+1th row and column of A were interchanged with the mth row and column.
6:     workmax1,lwork – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayWorkspace
On exit: if info=0, work1 contains the minimum value of lwork required for optimum performance.
7:     lwork – IntegerInput
On entry: the dimension of the array work as declared in the (sub)program from which f07mdf (dsytrf) is called, unless lwork=-1, in which case a workspace query is assumed and the routine only calculates the optimal dimension of work (using the formula given below).
Suggested value: for optimum performance lwork should be at least n×nb, where nb is the block size.
Constraint: lwork1 or lwork=-1.
8:     info – IntegerOutput
On exit: info=0 unless the routine detects an error (see Section 6).

Error Indicators and Warnings

If info=-i, argument i had an illegal value. An explanatory message is output, and execution of the program is terminated.
Element value of the diagonal is exactly zero. The factorization has been completed, but the block diagonal matrix D is exactly singular, and division by zero will occur if it is used to solve a system of equations.


If uplo='U', the computed factors U and D are the exact factors of a perturbed matrix A+E, where
cn is a modest linear function of n, and ε is the machine precision.
If uplo='L', a similar statement holds for the computed factors L and D.

Parallelism and Performance

f07mdf (dsytrf) makes calls to BLAS and/or LAPACK routines, which may be threaded within the vendor library used by this implementation. Consult the documentation for the vendor library for further information.
Please consult the X06 Chapter Introduction for information on how to control and interrogate the OpenMP environment used within this routine. Please also consult the Users' Note for your implementation for any additional implementation-specific information.

Further Comments

The elements of D overwrite the corresponding elements of A; if D has 2 by 2 blocks, only the upper or lower triangle is stored, as specified by uplo.
The unit diagonal elements of U or L and the 2 by 2 unit diagonal blocks are not stored. The remaining elements of U or L are stored in the corresponding columns of the array a, but additional row interchanges must be applied to recover U or L explicitly (this is seldom necessary). If ipivi=i, for i=1,2,,n (as is the case when A is positive definite), then U or L is stored explicitly (except for its unit diagonal elements which are equal to 1).
The total number of floating-point operations is approximately 13n3.
A call to f07mdf (dsytrf) may be followed by calls to the routines:
The complex analogues of this routine are f07mrf (zhetrf) for Hermitian matrices and f07nrf (zsytrf) for symmetric matrices.


This example computes the Bunch–Kaufman factorization of the matrix A, where
A= 2.07 3.87 4.20 -1.15 3.87 -0.21 1.87 0.63 4.20 1.87 1.15 2.06 -1.15 0.63 2.06 -1.81 .  

Program Text

Program Text (f07mdfe.f90)

Program Data

Program Data (f07mdfe.d)

Program Results

Program Results (f07mdfe.r)