Bootstrap Algebraic Multigrid: Status Report, Open Problems, and Outlook

Achi Brandt, James Brannick, Karsten Kahl, Ira Livshits

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This paper provides an overview of the main ideas driving the bootstrap algebraic multigrid methodology, including compatible relaxation and algebraic distances for defining effective coarsening strategies, the least squares method for computing accurate prolongation operators and the bootstrap cycles for computing the test vectors that are used in the least squares process. We review some recent research in the development, analysis and application of bootstrap algebraic multigrid and point to open problems in these areas. Results from our previous research as well as some new results for some model diffusion problems with highly oscillatory diffusion coefficient are presented to illustrate the basic components of the BAMG algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-135
Number of pages24
JournalNumerical Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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