The routine may be called by the names f07acf, nagf_lapacklin_dsgesv or its LAPACK name dsgesv.
f07acf first attempts to factorize the matrix in single precision and use this factorization within an iterative refinement procedure to produce a solution with full double precision accuracy. If the approach fails the method switches to a double precision factorization and solve.
The iterative refinement process is stopped if
where iter is the number of iterations carried out thus far and is the maximum number of iterations allowed, which is fixed at iterations. The process is also stopped if for all right-hand sides we have
where is the -norm of the residual, is the -norm of the solution, is the -operator-norm of the matrix and is the machine precision returned by x02ajf.
The iterative refinement strategy used by f07acf can be more efficient than the corresponding direct full precision algorithm. Since this strategy must perform iterative refinement on each right-hand side, any efficiency gains will reduce as the number of right-hand sides increases. Conversely, as the matrix size increases the cost of these iterative refinements become less significant relative to the cost of factorization. Thus, any efficiency gains will be greatest for a very small number of right-hand sides and for large matrix sizes. The cut-off values for the number of right-hand sides and matrix size, for which the iterative refinement strategy performs better, depends on the relative performance of the reduced and full precision factorization and back-substitution. For now, f07acf always attempts the iterative refinement strategy first; you are advised to compare the performance of f07acf with that of its full precision counterpart f07aaf to determine whether this strategy is worthwhile for your particular problem dimensions.
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1: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the number of linear equations, i.e., the order of the matrix .
2: – IntegerInput
On entry: , the number of right-hand sides, i.e., the number of columns of the matrix .
3: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput/Output
Note: the second dimension of the array a
must be at least
On entry: the coefficient matrix .
On exit: if iterative refinement has been successfully used (i.e., if and ), then is unchanged. If double precision factorization has been used (when and ), contains the factors and from the factorization ; the unit diagonal elements of are not stored.
4: – IntegerInput
On entry: the first dimension of the array a as declared in the (sub)program from which f07acf is called.
5: – Integer arrayOutput
On exit: if no constraints are violated, the pivot indices that define the permutation matrix ; at the th step row of the matrix was interchanged with row . indicates a row interchange was not required. corresponds either to the single precision factorization (if and ) or to the double precision factorization (if and ).
6: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayInput
Note: the second dimension of the array b
must be at least
On entry: the right-hand side matrix .
7: – IntegerInput
On entry: the first dimension of the array b as declared in the (sub)program from which f07acf is called.
8: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayOutput
Note: the second dimension of the array x
must be at least
On exit: if , the solution matrix .
9: – IntegerInput
On entry: the first dimension of the array x as declared in the (sub)program from which f07acf is called.
10: – Real (Kind=nag_wp) arrayWorkspace
11: – Real (Kind=nag_rp) arrayWorkspace
Note: this array is utilized in the reduced precision computation, consequently its type nag_rp reflects this usage.
12: – IntegerOutput
On exit: if , iterative refinement has been successfully used and iter is the number of iterations carried out.
If , iterative refinement has failed for one of the reasons given below and double precision factorization has been carried out instead.
Taking into account machine parameters, and the values of n and nrhs, it is not worth working in single precision.
Overflow of an entry occurred when moving from double to single precision.
An intermediate single precision factorization failed.
The maximum permitted number of iterations was exceeded.
13: – IntegerOutput
On exit: unless the routine detects an error (see Section 6).
6Error Indicators and Warnings
If , argument had an illegal value. An explanatory message is output, and execution of the program is terminated.
Element of the diagonal is exactly zero.
The factorization has been completed, but the factor
is exactly singular, so the solution could not be computed.
The computed solution for a single right-hand side, , satisfies the equation of the form
and is the machine precision. An approximate error bound for the computed solution is given by
where , the condition number of with respect to the solution of the linear equations. See Section 4.4 of Anderson et al. (1999) for further details.
8Parallelism and Performance
Background information to multithreading can be found in the Multithreading documentation.
f07acf is threaded by NAG for parallel execution in multithreaded implementations of the NAG Library.
f07acf 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.