LANS Publications

"Linearity Analysis for Automatic Differentiation"

M. M. Strout and P. Hovland

. Also Preprint ANL/MCS-P1313-0106

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Linearity analysis determines which variables depend on which other variables and whether the dependence is linear or nonlinear. One of the many applications of this analysis is determining whether a loop involves only linear loop-carried dependences and therefore the adjoint of the loop may be reversed and fused with the computation of the original function. This paper specifies the data-flow equations that compute linearity analysis. In addition, the paper describes using linearity analysis with array dependence analysis to determine whether a loop-carried dependence is linear or nonlinear.