[petsc-users] Questions abt DM and DMDALocalToLocalBegin / End

TAY wee-beng zonexo at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 10:00:00 CDT 2014

On 6/4/2014 10:54 PM, Jed Brown wrote:
> TAY wee-beng <zonexo at gmail.com> writes:
>> Hi,
>> I have questions abt DM and DMDALocalToLocalBegin / End.
>> I have 3 dof for u,v,w using DMDACreate3d.
>> Currently I'm using the topology of DM to help update the ghost values
>> on each processor.
>> I found that to update the ghost values, I only need to use
>> DMDALocalToLocalBegin / End.
> It is common for explicit methods to be implemented using only local
> vectors.  I recommend using global vectors if you might want to use
> implicit methods.
Hi Jed,

May I know what you mean by explicit or implicit mtds?


>> Another thing is updating ghost values of only a single variable e.g. u.
>> Is that possible if my DMDACreate3d has 3 dof u,v,w?
>> Or must I create DMDACreate3d with only 1 dof u?
> Just update all variables.  It is usually not very wasteful.  If
> profiling and performance analysis shows that your method is limited by
> network bandwidth (as opposed to latency or local compute and bandwidth)
> then you can profile the same operations having extracted the single
> variable.  It is usually not worth it and you're better off structuring
> your code to work with all variables.

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