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Converts a matrix to another matrix, either of the same or different type.


#include "petscmat.h" 
PetscErrorCode MatConvert(Mat mat, MatType newtype,MatReuse reuse,Mat *M)
Collective on Mat

Input Parameters

mat - the matrix
newtype - new matrix type. Use MATSAME to create a new matrix of the same type as the original matrix.
reuse - denotes if the destination matrix is to be created or reused. Use MAT_INPLACE_MATRIX for inplace conversion (that is when you want the input mat to be changed to contain the matrix in the new format), otherwise use MAT_INITIAL_MATRIX or MAT_REUSE_MATRIX (can only be used after the first call was made with MAT_INITIAL_MATRIX, causes the matrix space in M to be reused).

Output Parameter

M -pointer to place new matrix


MatConvert() first creates a new matrix and then copies the data from the first matrix. A related routine is MatCopy(), which copies the matrix entries of one matrix to another already existing matrix context.

Cannot be used to convert a sequential matrix to parallel or parallel to sequential, the MPI communicator of the generated matrix is always the same as the communicator of the input matrix.

See Also

MatCopy(), MatDuplicate()

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