Inserts or adds a block of values into a matrix. Using structured grid indexing


#include "petscmat.h" 
PetscErrorCode MatSetValuesBlockedStencil(Mat mat, PetscInt m, const MatStencil idxm[], PetscInt n, const MatStencil idxn[], const PetscScalar v[], InsertMode addv)

Not Collective

Input Parameters#

  • mat - the matrix

  • m - number of rows being entered

  • idxm - grid coordinates for matrix rows being entered

  • n - number of columns being entered

  • idxn - grid coordinates for matrix columns being entered

  • v - a logically two-dimensional array of values

  • addv - either ADD_VALUES to add to existing entries or INSERT_VALUES to replace existing entries with new values


By default the values, v, are row-oriented and unsorted. See MatSetOption() for other options.

Calls to MatSetValuesBlockedStencil() with the INSERT_VALUES and ADD_VALUES options cannot be mixed without intervening calls to the assembly routines.

The grid coordinates are across the entire grid, not just the local portion

MatSetValuesBlockedStencil() uses 0-based row and column numbers in Fortran as well as in C.

For setting/accessing vector values via array coordinates you can use the DMDAVecGetArray() routine

In order to use this routine you must either obtain the matrix with DMCreateMatrix() or call MatSetBlockSize(), MatSetLocalToGlobalMapping() and MatSetStencil() first.

The columns and rows in the stencil passed in MUST be contained within the ghost region of the given process as set with DMDACreateXXX() or MatSetStencil(). For example, if you create a DMDA with an overlap of one grid level and on a particular process its first local nonghost x logical coordinate is 6 (so its first ghost x logical coordinate is 5) the first i index you can use in your column and row indices in MatSetStencil() is 5.

Negative indices may be passed in idxm and idxn, these rows and columns are simply ignored. This allows easily inserting element stiffness matrices with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions that you don’t want represented in the matrix.

Inspired by the structured grid interface to the HYPRE package (

Fortran Note#

idxm and idxn should be declared as

MatStencil idxm(4,m),idxn(4,n)

and the values inserted using

    idxm(MatStencil_i,1) = i
    idxm(MatStencil_j,1) = j
    idxm(MatStencil_k,1) = k

See Also#

Matrices, Mat, DMDA, MatSetOption(), MatAssemblyBegin(), MatAssemblyEnd(), MatSetValuesBlocked(), MatSetValuesLocal() MatSetValues(), MatSetValuesStencil(), MatSetStencil(), DMCreateMatrix(), DMDAVecGetArray(), MatStencil, MatSetBlockSize(), MatSetLocalToGlobalMapping()







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