non-linear partial differential equations

naromero at naromero at
Fri Jun 12 10:20:15 CDT 2009


I would like to understand if the methods in PETSc are applicable to my

I work in the area of density functional theory. The KS equation in
real-space (G) is

[-(1/2) (nabla)^2 + V_local(G) + V_nlocal(G) + V_H[rho(G)] psi_nG = E_n*psi_nG

rho(G) = \sum_n |psi_nG|^2

n is the index on eigenvalues which correspond to the electron energy levels.

This KS equation is sparse in real-space and dense in fourier-space. I think
strictly speaking it is a non-linear partial differential equation. V_nlocal(G)
is an integral operator (short range though), so maybe it is technically a 
non-linear integro-partial differential equation.

I understand that PETSc is a sparse solvers. Does the non-linearity in the
partial differential equation make PETSc less applicable to this problem? 

On one more technical note, we do not store the matrix in sparse format. It is 
also matrix*vector based.

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