# [petsc-users] [EXTERNAL] Re: Problem with PCFIELDSPLIT

Stefano Zampini stefano.zampini at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 03:43:37 CDT 2021

```Qi

Backward Euler is a special case of Theta methods in PETSc (Theta=1). In src/ts/impls/implicit/theta/theta.c on top of SNESTSFormFunction_Theta you have some explanation of what is solved for at each time step (see below). SNES then solves for the Newton update dy_n  and the next Newton iterate is computed as x_{n+1} = x_{n} - lambda * dy_n. Hope this helps.

/*
This defines the nonlinear equation that is to be solved with SNES
G(U) = F[t0+Theta*dt, U, (U-U0)*shift] = 0

Note that U here is the stage argument. This means that U = U_{n+1} only if endpoint = true,
otherwise U = theta U_{n+1} + (1 - theta) U0, which for the case of implicit midpoint is
U = (U_{n+1} + U0)/2
*/
static PetscErrorCode SNESTSFormFunction_Theta(SNES snes,Vec x,Vec y,TS ts)

> On Jul 14, 2021, at 6:12 AM, Tang, Qi <tangqi at msu.edu> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> During the process to experiment the suggestion Matt made, we ran into some questions regarding to TSSolve vs KSPSolve. We got different initial unpreconditioned residual using two solvers. Let’s say we solve the problem with backward Euler and there is no rhs. We guess TSSolve solves
> (U^{n+1}-U^n)/dt = A U^{n+1}.
> (We only provides IJacobian in this case and turn on TS_LINEAR.)
> So we guess the initial unpreconditioned residual would be ||U^n/dt||_2, which seems different from the residual we got from a backward Euler stepping we implemented by ourself through KSPSolve.
>
> Do we have some misunderstanding on TSSolve?
>
> Thanks,
> Qi
> T5 at LANL
>
>
>
>> On Jul 7, 2021, at 3:54 PM, Matthew Knepley <knepley at gmail.com <mailto:knepley at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>> On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 2:33 PM Jorti, Zakariae <zjorti at lanl.gov <mailto:zjorti at lanl.gov>> wrote:
>> Hi Matt,
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> I have not completely understood your suggestion, could you please elaborate a bit more?
>>
>> For your convenience, here is how I am proceeding for the moment in my code:
>>
>>
>>
>> TSGetKSP(ts,&ksp);
>>
>> KSPGetPC(ksp,&pc);
>>
>> PCSetType(pc,PCFIELDSPLIT);
>>
>>
>> PCSetUp(pc);
>>
>> PCFieldSplitGetSubKSP(pc, &n, &subksp);
>>
>> KSPGetPC(subksp[1], &(subpc[1]));
>>
>> I do not like the two lines above. We should not have to do this.
>> KSPSetOperators(subksp[1],T,T);
>>
>>  In the above line, I want you to use a separate preconditioning matrix M, instead of T. That way, it will provide
>> the preconditioning matrix for your Schur complement problem.
>>
>>   Thanks,
>>
>>       Matt
>> KSPSetUp(subksp[1]);
>>
>> PetscFree(subksp);
>>
>> TSSolve(ts,X);
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>>
>>
>> Zakariae
>>
>> From: Matthew Knepley <knepley at gmail.com <mailto:knepley at gmail.com>>
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:11:10 PM
>> To: Jorti, Zakariae
>> Cc: petsc-users at mcs.anl.gov <mailto:petsc-users at mcs.anl.gov>; Tang, Qi; Tang, Xianzhu
>> Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [petsc-users] Problem with PCFIELDSPLIT
>>
>> On Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 1:51 PM Jorti, Zakariae via petsc-users <petsc-users at mcs.anl.gov <mailto:petsc-users at mcs.anl.gov>> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>>
>>
>> I am trying to build a PCFIELDSPLIT preconditioner for a matrix
>>
>> J =  [A00  A01]
>>
>>        [A10  A11]
>>
>> that has the following shape:
>>
>>
>>
>> M_{user}^{-1} = [I   -ksp(A00) A01] [ksp(A00)           0] [I                        0]
>>
>>                           [0                        I]  [0               ksp(T)] [-A10 ksp(A00)  I ]
>>
>>
>>
>> where T is a user-defined Schur complement approximation that replaces the true Schur complement S:= A11 - A10 ksp(A00) A01.
>>
>>
>>
>> I am trying to do something similar to this example (lines 41--45 and 116--121): https://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/petsc-current/src/snes/tutorials/ex70.c.html <https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.mcs.anl.gov/petsc/petsc-current/src/snes/tutorials/ex70.c.html__;!!HXCxUKc!hoEfgnaraTfQoSgAiplsc6GJ_HuPXN88m5AJVy1gb7WVMNkGENDnJ3zToOGlhw\$>
>>
>> The problem I have is that I manage to replace S with T on a separate single linear system but not for the linear systems generated by my time-dependent PDE. Even if I set the preconditioner M_{user}^{-1} correctly, the T matrix gets replaced by S in the preconditioner once I call TSSolve.
>>
>> Do you have any suggestions how to fix this knowing that the matrix J does not change over time?
>>
>>
>> I don't like how it is done in that example for this very reason.
>>
>> When I want to use a custom preconditioning matrix for the Schur complement, I always give a preconditioning matrix M to the outer solve.
>> Then PCFIELDSPLIT automatically pulls the correct block from M, (1,1) for the Schur complement, for that preconditioning matrix without
>> extra code. Can you do this?
>>
>>   Thanks,
>>
>>     Matt
>> Many thanks.
>>
>>
>>
>> Best regards,
>>
>>
>>
>> Zakariae
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
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>> -- Norbert Wiener
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