It also works with unsymmetric and indefinite problems.
Unlike ‘conventional’ interface preconditioners,
PCBDDC iterates over all degrees of freedom, not just those on the interface. This allows the use
of approximate solvers on the subdomains.
Approximate local solvers are automatically adapted (see ) if the user has attached a nullspace object to the subdomain matrices, and informed
PCBDDC of using approximate solvers (via the command line).
Boundary nodes are split in vertices, edges and faces classes using information from the local to global mapping of dofs and the local connectivity graph of nodes.
The latter can be customized by using
Additional information on dofs can be provided by using
PCBDDCSetPrimalVerticesIS() and their local counterparts.
Change of basis is performed similarly to  when requested. When more than one constraint is present on a single connected component
(i.e. an edge or a face), a robust method based on local QR factorizations is used.
User defined change of basis can be passed to
Adaptive selection of primal constraints  is supported for SPD systems with high-contrast in the coefficients if MUMPS or MKL_PARDISO are present. Future versions of the code will also consider using PASTIX.
An experimental interface to the FETI-DP method is available. FETI-DP operators could be created using
A stand-alone class for the FETI-DP method will be provided in the next releases.
Options Database Keys#
-use or not vertices in primal space
-use or not edges in primal space
-use or not faces in primal space
-symmetric computation of primal basis functions. Specify false for unsymmetric problems
-use change of basis approach (on edges only)
-use change of basis approach on faces if change of basis has been requested
-switches from M_2 (default) to M_3 operator (see reference article )
-pc_bddc_levels <0> - maximum number of levels for multilevel
-pc_bddc_coarsening_ratio <8> - number of subdomains which will be aggregated together at the coarser level (e.g. H/h ratio at the coarser level, significative only in the multilevel case)
-pc_bddc_coarse_redistribute <0> - size of a subset of processors where the coarse problem will be remapped (the value is ignored if not at the coarsest level)
-use deluxe scaling
-pc_bddc_schur_layers <-1> - select the economic version of deluxe scaling by specifying the number of layers (-1 corresponds to the original deluxe scaling)
-pc_bddc_adaptive_threshold <0.0> - when a value different than zero is specified, adaptive selection of constraints is performed on edges and faces (requires deluxe scaling and MUMPS or MKL_PARDISO installed)
-pc_bddc_check_level <0> - set verbosity level of debugging output
Options for Dirichlet, Neumann or coarse solver can be set using the appropriate options prefix
-pc_bddc_dirichlet_ -pc_bddc_neumann_ -pc_bddc_coarse_
When using a multilevel approach, solvers’ options at the N-th level (N > 1) can be specified using the options prefix
-pc_bddc_dirichlet_lN_ -pc_bddc_neumann_lN_ -pc_bddc_coarse_lN_
Note that level number ranges from the finest (0) to the coarsest (N).
In order to specify options for the
PCBDDC operators at the coarser levels (and not for the solvers), prepend -pc_bddc_coarse_ or -pc_bddc_coarse_l
to the option, e.g.
-pc_bddc_coarse_pc_bddc_adaptive_threshold 5 -pc_bddc_coarse_l1_pc_bddc_redistribute 3
will use a threshold of 5 for constraints’ selection at the first coarse level and will redistribute the coarse problem of the first coarse level on 3 processors
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Contributed by Stefano Zampini