CSR Sparse Matrix Query

Dr. Timothy Stitt timothy.stitt at ichec.ie
Tue Apr 24 05:11:58 CDT 2007

Hi everyone...again.

Thanks to the great support I have now got my solver working (in 
Fortran) albeit in a sequential non-distributed version. My problem is 
that I planned to substitute the call to MatCreateSeqAIJWithArrays() 
with a call to MatCreateMPIAIJWithArrays() (along with suitable 
modification to the arguments) to obtain a parallel version.

Anyhow, I have come upon a few problems() unfortunately. Firstly here 
are the code segments I am trying to update (my sparse matrix is square 
with global dimensions [rows,rows], size is returned by MPI_COMM_SIZE()):

call MatCreateSeqAIJWithArrays(PETSC_COMM_WORLD,rows,rows,&



1. Firstly, when I compile the code I keep getting:

 solver.o(.text+0x202): In function `MAIN__':
: undefined reference to `matcreatempiaijwitharrays_'

2. Do the arguments to the routine look correct ? I would prefer for 
PETSc to determine as many of the arguments as possible but I wasn't 
sure which ones to supply explicitly or allow PETSc to infer implicitly.

3. When constructing the operator matrix is it o.k. to build it only on 
node with rank 0 or does it have to be duplicated across all nodes 
before the call to the MatCreateMPIxxxxx() routine? The matrix is very 
large and hence wouldn't be suitable for replication.

I hope this is the last of my worries. Thanks again for your support and 



Satish Balay wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Apr 2007, Satish Balay wrote:
>> On Mon, 23 Apr 2007, Dr. Timothy Stitt wrote:
>>> I am using Fortran. Do I have to perform some operation to switch
>>> from column-major to row-major representation before calling the
>>> MatCreateSeqAIJWithArrays routine? 
>> MatCreateSeqAIJWithArrays expects a 1d array for the values [and
>> rows,column indicies as well] - so this issue of row-major vs
>> column-major does not exist.
> However the CSR format which is used for the input, is equivalent to a
> row-major ordering.. i.e for the following matrix:
> 1 0 0
> 2 0 3
> 0 4 5
> The call expects the following
> i =  {0,1,3,5}  [size = nrow+1  = 3+1]
> j =  {0,0,2,1,2}  [size = nz = 5]
> v =  {1,2,3,4,5}  [size = nz = 5]
> Satish

Dr. Timothy Stitt <timothy_dot_stitt_at_ichec.ie>
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