[petsc-dev] SNESSolve and changing dimensions

Smith, Barry F. bsmith at mcs.anl.gov
Wed Apr 3 22:04:35 CDT 2019


  You may be able to use SNESReset() instead of calling SNESDestroy() and creating a new SNES for each change in problem dimension; but you will still need to write an "outer loop" that calls SNESSolve() repeatedly and decides whether you should change the problem size. Note that you will need to call SNESSetJacobian() after each SNESReset() so that SNES "knows" the new size of your matrix.


> On Apr 3, 2019, at 2:47 PM, Jed Brown via petsc-dev <petsc-dev at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:
> Pierre Jolivet via petsc-dev <petsc-dev at mcs.anl.gov> writes:
>> I am just adapting the mesh depending on the solution from the previous SNESSolve.
>> At first, I wanted to avoid writing an outer loop around the SNESSolve, so I thought, let’s put the adaptation in the SNESSetJacobian.
>> It would have been preferable because it would have required fewer lines of code (as I had imagined this to work), that’s the main reason. I understand this is too much to ask of PETSc to continue working without any further information from the application.
> SNES wants to be able to connect norms and differences between vectors
> at different iterations (e.g., rtol and stol).  I would just loop around
> SNESSolve for what you want.  Note that it may be fragile to adapt in
> early Newton iterations if globalization is a challenge for your
> problem.

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