Fast Multilevel Solvers for a Class of Discrete Fourth Order Parabolic Problems

Bin Zheng, Luoping Chen, Xiaozhe Hu, Long Chen, Ricardo H. Nochetto, Jinchao Xu

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In this paper, we study fast iterative solvers for the solution of fourth order parabolic equations discretized by mixed finite element methods. We propose to use consistent mass matrix in the discretization and use lumped mass matrix to construct efficient preconditioners. We provide eigenvalue analysis for the preconditioned system and estimate the convergence rate of the preconditioned GMRes method. Furthermore, we show that these preconditioners only need to be solved inexactly by optimal multigrid algorithms. Our numerical examples indicate that the proposed preconditioners are very efficient and robust with respect to both discretization parameters and diffusion coefficients. We also investigate the performance of multigrid algorithms with either collective smoothers or distributive smoothers when solving the preconditioner systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-226
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • General Engineering
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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