[petsc-dev] MatCreateTranspose semantics

Jeff Hammond jeff.science at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 17:52:43 CDT 2020

I am trying to understand how to use a transposed matrix view along the
lines of Numpy (


"Creates a new matrix object that behaves like A'"

But later it seems to suggest that this is only true when performance a
matrix-vector product:

"Rather the new matrix object performs the matrix-vector product by using
the MatMultTranspose() on the original matrix"

I got the idea to use this view concept from
which says:

"Consider using MatCreateTranspose() instead if you only need a matrix that
behaves like the transpose, but don't need the storage to be changed."

When I try to use the transpose view in MatAXPY using this code:
    Mat AT;
    ierr = MatCreateTranspose(A, &AT); // create transpose view of A
    ierr = MatAXPY(B, one, AT, SAME_NONZERO_PATTERN);

I get an error suggesting that I am doing something bad:

[0]PETSC ERROR: --------------------- Error Message
[0]PETSC ERROR: Object is in wrong state
[0]PETSC ERROR: Not for unassembled matrix (Y)
[0]PETSC ERROR: See https://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/documentation/faq.html
for trouble shooting.
[0]PETSC ERROR: Petsc Release Version 3.13.1, unknown
[0]PETSC ERROR: ./transpose-petsc on a  named jrhammon-nuc by jrhammon Mon
Jun  1 15:38:20 2020
[0]PETSC ERROR: Configure options --prefix=/home/jrhammon/PRK/deps/petsc
--with-mpi-dir=/opt/intel/inteloneapi/mpi/2021.1-beta06 --with-cxx=0
[0]PETSC ERROR: #1 MatAXPY() line 74 in
[0]PETSC ERROR: #2 main() line 170 in transpose-petsc.c
[0]PETSC ERROR: PETSc Option Table entries:
[0]PETSC ERROR: -i 10
[0]PETSC ERROR: -n 100
[0]PETSC ERROR: ----------------End of Error Message -------send entire
error message to petsc-maint at mcs.anl.gov----------

What do I need to do to use a transpose view properly outside of M*V?



Jeff Hammond
jeff.science at gmail.com
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