WATHEN
Assemble, Factor, Solve a Finite Element System
WATHEN
is a Python library which
compares storage schemes (full, banded, sparse triplet, sparse) and
solution strategies (A\x, Linpack, conjugate gradient (CG))
for linear systems involving the Wathen matrix,
which can arise when solving a problem using the
finite element method (FEM).
The Wathen matrix is a typical example of a matrix that arises during
finite element computations. The parameters NX and NY specify how many
elements are to be set up in the X and Y directions. The number of
variables N is then
N = 3 NX NY + 2 NX + 2 NY + 1
and the full linear system will require N * N storage for the matrix.
However, the matrix is sparse, and a banded or sparse storage scheme
can be used to save storage. However, even if storage is saved, a
revised program may eat up too much time because MATLAB's sparse storage
scheme is not efficiently used by inserting nonzero elements one at a time.
Moreover, if banded storage is employed, the user must provide a
suitable fast solver. Simply "translating" a banded solver from another
language will probably not provide an efficient routine.
This library looks at how the complexity of the problem grows with
increasing NX and NY; how the computing time increases; how the
various full, banded and sparse approaches perform.
Licensing:
The computer code and data files made available on this web page
are distributed under
the GNU LGPL license.
Languages:
WATHEN is available in
a C version and
a C++ version and
a FORTRAN77 version and
a FORTRAN90 version and
a MATLAB version and
a Python version.
Related Data and Programs:
R8LIB,
a Python library which
contains many utility routines
using double precision real (R8) arithmetic.
Reference:

Nicholas Higham,
Algorithm 694:
A Collection of Test Matrices in MATLAB,
ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software,
Volume 17, Number 3, September 1991, pages 289305.

Andrew Wathen,
Realistic eigenvalue bounds for the Galerkin mass matrix,
IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis,
Volume 7, Number 4, October 1987, pages 449457.
Source Code:

cg_csc.py,
solves A*x=b using the conjugate gradient method, with A
a positive definite symmetric matrix stored in Python's
Compressed Sparse Column (CSC) format.

cg_ge.py,
solves A*x=b using the conjugate gradient method, with A
a positive definite symmetric matrix using general (GE) storage.

cg_st.py,
solves A*x=b using the conjugate gradient method, with A
a positive definite symmetric matrix using sparse triplet (ST) storage.

mv_st.py,
multiplies a sparse triplet matrix times a vector.

nonzeros.py,
counts nonzeros in a matrix.

r8_uniform_01.py,
returns a unit random R8.

r8mat_uniform_01.py,
returns a unit random R8MAT.

r8vec_print.py,
prints an R8VEC.

r8vec_uniform_01.py,
returns a unit random R8VEC.

st_to_ge.py,
converts a sparse triplet (ST) matrix to general (GE) format.

timestamp.py,
prints the YMDHMS date as a timestamp.

wathen_bandwidth.py,
returns the bandwidth of the Wathen matrix.

wathen_csc.py,
sets up the Wathen matrix using Python's Compressed Sparse Column (CSC)
format.

wathen_ge.py,
sets up the Wathen matrix using general (GE) storage.

wathen_order.py,
returns the number of unknowns associated with a given Wathen matrix.

wathen_st.py,
sets up the Wathen matrix using sparse triplet storage.

wathen_st_size.py,
returns the size of the Wathen matrix when using sparse triplet storage.
Examples and Tests:

wathen_test.py, calls all the tests;

wathen_test.sh, runs all the tests;

wathen_test_output.txt,
the output file.

wathen_test01.py,
sets up and solves a system with wathen_ge();

wathen_test02.m,
sets up and solves a system with wathen_csc();

wathen_test03.py,
times wathen_ge() for various problem sizes;

wathen_test04.py,
times wathen_csc() for various problem sizes;

wathen_test05.m,
compares timings for wathen_ge() and wathen_csc() on small problems;

wathen_test06.py,
uses wathen_ge() + cg_ge() for an iterative solution;

wathen_test07.py,
uses wathen_csc() + cg_csc() for an iterative solution;

wathen_test08.py,
uses wathen_st() + cg_st() for an iterative solution;

wathen_test09.py,
uses spy() to display the sparsity of Wathen matrices
of various sizes;

wathen_spy.png,
spy plots for wathen(1,1) through wathen(6,6).
You can go up one level to
the PYTHON source codes.
Last modified on 04 September 2014