The symmetric invariant subspace decomposition algorithm (SYISDA) for an symmetric matrix proceeds as follows.

**Scaling:**- Compute upper and lower bounds on the spectrum of and compute and such that for we have with the mean eigenvalue of having being mapped to . Since the trace of is the sum of its eigenvalues, the mean eigenvalue can be determined easily.
**Eigenvalue Smoothing:**- Let be a polynomial such that and that is, in the limit all values are mapped to either 0 or 1. Iterate until is numerically negligible (in iteration , say).
**Invariant Subspace Computation:**- Find an orthogonal basis for the range space of and a complementary orthgonal subspace, i.e. .
**Decoupling:**-
Update the original with , i.e. form

Since any matrix polynomial of a symmetric matrix has the same eigenvectors as , and are complementary invariant subspaces of , and hence their application to decouples the spectrum of . The subproblems and can now be solved independently and the algorithm applied further recursively, with the number of subproblems doubling at every step. If eigenvalues are desired as well, we also update the current eigenvector matrix. Orthogonality of the eigenvectors is guaranteed due to the exclusive use of orthogonal transformations.

Note that the PRISM algorithm is able to utilize matrix multiplication by using the mathematical fact that applying a polynomial to matrix changes its eigenvalues but not its invariant subspaces, i.e., eigenvectors. By appropriate choice of a polynomial, the eigenvalues can be modified to yield a matrix which is significantly easier to solve than the original problem. Specifically, we use the first incomplete Beta function () which can be used to divide the eigenvalues into two distinct groups. Most of the work in applying a polynomial to a matrix results from taking powers of the matrix which requires matrix multiplication. This yields an parallel algorithm which is dominated by the efficient matrix multiplication kernel.

While the SYISDA algorithm can be used to compute a full eigendecomposition, it is worthwhile to point out certain mathematical features that distinguish it from other approaches:

**Ordering of Eigenvalues:**- Assuming that maps all eigenvalues in to 0 and all eigenvalues in to 1, contains all the eigenvalues of A which are smaller than , and contains the rest. Hence, if one is only interested in eigenvalues in a certain part of the spectrum, one need not further resolve diagonal blocks corresponding to parts of the spectrum which are not of interest.
**Subspaces before Eigenvalues:**- SYISDA is primarily an algorithm that computes and refines invariant subspaces. If such a subspace has become one-dimensional, an eigenvalue/eigenvector pair has been found. However, if one is only interested in finding an orthogonal basis for the subspace spanned by a certain set of eigenvectors, there is no need to expend the effort to compute all eigenvalues, and one can terminate when the subspace corresponding to the desired eigenvalue range has been identified.
**No Problems with Repeated Eigenvalues:**- Clusters of eigenvalues are
quickly gathered in the same subproblem, and are in fact likely to increase
the speed of convergence of the eigenvalue smoothing step. The orthogonality
of eigenvectors is not affected at all by repeated eigenvalues.

Further details of the algorithm are available in PRISM Working #12.