**petsc-3.8.3 2017-12-09**

# PCCP

a "column-projection" preconditioner This is a terrible preconditioner and is not recommended, ever!
Loops over the entries of x computing dx_i (e_i is the unit vector in the ith direction) to

min || b - A(x + dx_i e_i ||_2

dx_i

That is, it changes a single entry of x to minimize the new residual norm.

Let A_i represent the ith column of A, then the minimization can be written as

min || r - (dx_i) A e_i ||_2

dx_i

or min || r - (dx_i) A_i ||_2

dx_i

take the derivative with respect to dx_i to obtain

dx_i = (A_i^T A_i)^(-1) A_i^T r

This algorithm can be thought of as Gauss-Seidel on the normal equations

Notes: This proceedure can also be done with block columns or any groups of columns
but this is not coded.

These "projections" can be done simultaneously for all columns (similar to Jacobi)
or sequentially (similar to Gauss-Seidel/SOR). This is only coded for SOR type.

This is related to, but not the same as "row projection" methods.

This is currently coded only for SeqAIJ matrices in sequential (SOR) form.

### See Also

PCCreate(), PCSetType(), PCType (for list of available types), PCJACOBI, PCSOR

**Level:**intermediate

Location:src/ksp/pc/impls/cp/cp.c

Index of all PC routines

Table of Contents for all manual pages

Index of all manual pages