Argonne National Laboratory

Composing Scalable Nonlinear Algebraic Solvers

TitleComposing Scalable Nonlinear Algebraic Solvers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBrune, P, Knepley, MG, Smith, BF, Tu, X
Other NumbersANL/MCS-P2010-0112
AbstractMost efficient linear solvers use composable algorithmic components, with the most common model being the combination of a Krylov accelerator and one or more preconditioners. A similar set of concepts may be used for nonlinear algebraic systems, where nonlinear composition of different nonlinear solvers may significantly improve the time to solution. We describe the basic concepts of nonlinear composite combination and preconditioning and present a number of solvers applicable to nonlinear partial differential equations. We have developed a software framework in order to easily explore the possible combinations of solvers. We show that the performance gains from using composed solvers can be substantial compared with gains from standard Newton-Krylov methods.