[petsc-users] Set PC PythonContext within NPC

Lawrence Mitchell lawrence.mitchell at imperial.ac.uk
Thu Jun 25 16:16:57 CDT 2015

> On 24 Jun 2015, at 17:02, Asbjørn Nilsen Riseth <riseth at maths.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm currently trying to set up a nonlinear solver that uses NGMRES with NEWTONLS as a right preconditioner. The NEWTONLS has a custom linear preconditioner. Everything is accessed through petsc4py.
> *Is there a way I can configure a NPC NEWTONLS KSP CompositePC without first calling solve on my outer snes?*
> My NEWTONLS has the following KSP setup:
> || ILU
> The way I understand things, the NPC is not created/set up until SNESSolve_NGMRES() is called. Therefore, I cannot call snes.getNPC().ksp.pc.getCompositePC(0).setPythonContext(ctx) before I have called snes.solve().
> What I currently do is a try/except on snes.solve to create/set up the pccomposite. Then I can set my pythoncontext and it runs fine. This is quite ugly though, so I was hoping anyone would have a better approach.

I think you can do the following:

Define a class in some module:

# (in module foo)
class MyPC(object):

    def setUp(self, pc):
        # do any setup here.

    def apply(self, pc, x, y):
        # apply preconditioner

And pass:

-npc_sub_1_pc_type python -npc_sub_1_pc_python_context foo.MyPC

You can pull the app context out in the class's setUp method by doing:

ctx = pc.getDM().getAppCtx()

Assuming that you're running with a branch that contains origin/knepley/fix-pc-composite-dm.


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