# POISSON_SERIAL A Program for the Poisson Equation in a Rectangle

POISSON_SERIAL is a C program which computes an approximate solution to the Poisson equation in a rectangular region.

The version of Poisson's equation being solved here is

```        - ( d/dx d/dx + d/dy d/dy ) U(x,y) = F(x,y)
```
over the rectangle 0 <= X <= 1, 0 <= Y <= 1, with exact solution
```        U(x,y) = sin ( pi * x * y )
```
so that
```        F(x,y) = pi^2 * ( x^2 + y^2 ) * sin ( pi * x * y )
```
and with Dirichlet boundary conditions along the lines x = 0, x = 1, y = 0 and y = 1. (The boundary conditions will actually be zero in this case, but we write up the problem as though we didn't know that, which makes it easy to change the problem later.)

We compute an approximate solution by discretizing the geometry, assuming that DX = DY, and approximating the Poisson operator by

```        ( U(i-1,j) + U(i+1,j) + U(i,j-1) + U(i,j+1) - 4*U(i,j) ) / dx /dy
```
Along with the boundary conditions at the boundary nodes, we have a linear system for U. We can apply the Jacobi iteration to estimate the solution to the linear system.

POISSON_SERIAL is intended as a starting point for the implementation of a parallel version, using, for instance, MPI.

### Languages:

POISSON_SERIAL is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

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### List of Routines:

• MAIN is the main program for POISSON_SERIAL.
• INIT_SERIAL initializes the arrays.
• SWEEP_SERIAL carries out one step of the Jacobi iteration.
• TIMESTAMP prints the current YMDHMS date as a time stamp.

You can go up one level to the C source codes.

Last revised on 23 October 2011.