**petsc-dev 2014-04-20**

# PCFactorSetUseInPlace

Tells the system to do an in-place factorization. For dense matrices, this enables the solution of much larger problems. For sparse matrices the factorization cannot be done truly in-place so this does not save memory during the factorization, but after the matrix is factored, the original unfactored matrix is freed, thus recovering that space.
### Synopsis

#include "petscpc.h"
PetscErrorCode PCFactorSetUseInPlace(PC pc)

Logically Collective on PC

### Input Parameters

**pc ** -the preconditioner context

### Options Database Key

**-pc_factor_in_place ** -Activates in-place factorization

### Notes

PCFactorSetUseInplace() can only be used with the KSP method KSPPREONLY or when
a different matrix is provided for the multiply and the preconditioner in
a call to KSPSetOperators().
This is because the Krylov space methods require an application of the
matrix multiplication, which is not possible here because the matrix has
been factored in-place, replacing the original matrix.

### Keywords

PC, set, factorization, direct, inplace, in-place, LU

### See Also

PCILUSetUseInPlace()

**Level:**intermediate

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

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