Real valued iterative methods for solving complex symmetric linear systems. (English) Zbl 1051.65025

The paper deals with iterative methods for solving complex symmetric linear systems. A new reduction of complex linear systems to systems the solution of which needs only real arithmetic and a real-valued (RV) preconditioned iterative solution method is proposed. The preconditioning is based on the Schur complement reduction. If the reduction is exact, the condition number of the preconditioned matrix is bounded from above by 2. Applications of the method are discussed and results of numerical experiments are demonstrated by a few examples.
The introduction of the paper is devoted to a motivation of the approach in solving matrix polynomial equations. Basic possibilities how to avoid the use of complex arithmetic are shown and the motivation for this task is explained. A short description of standard possible approaches like the algorithms CSYM, QMR and CGNE is given. The ideas of the new transformation are provided in the introduction as well.
Most of the theory of the paper concerning the transformation is given in section 2. A detailed derivation of the approach parametrized by one or two parameters is given, the resulting algorithm for solving complex symmetric systems is presented, and a theoretical conclusions concerning the condition number of the preconditioned matrix are derived. Later, the whole process of application of the method to solving matrix polynomial equations is described.
The third section is devoted to applications to solving systems of ordinary differential equations. The use of time-stepping integration schemes based on Padé approximation for solving parabolic and hyperbolic problems are considered as well.
The last section of the paper is devoted to numerical experiments. The proposed RV method is compared with the complex symmetric QMR method for two types of problems: systems with a complex diagonal shift and some parabolic complex systems arising in integration schemes based on Padé approximations. The presented problems are two-dimensional with the dimensions of linear systems from 10000 up to 250000. The crucial task, solving the system with the block arising in preconditioning is based on a direct solver from the symmetric Yale Sparse Matrix Package (YSMP) and two variants of its use are proposed. The results of the new approach compare favourably with the purely iterative complex symmetric QMR approach. This is, of course, influenced by the fact that a great portion of the work in this implementation is done by the direct solver. The results could be probably even better in favour of the new approach if a contemporary direct solver would be used instead of an outdated code YSMP.


65F10 Iterative numerical methods for linear systems
65F50 Computational methods for sparse matrices


symrcm; YSMP
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