[petsc-users] Running AMG libraries as standalone solvers

Barry Smith bsmith at petsc.dev
Wed Jul 5 10:46:36 CDT 2023

  -ksp_type richardson

  If you use -ksp_typre preonly you effectively get one V-cycle (or whatever cycle type you may have selected) which in general, will give you a more or less garbage answer

> On Jul 5, 2023, at 11:28 AM, Khurana, Parv <p.khurana22 at imperial.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hello PETSc users,
> I am fairly inexperienced with PETSc as of now and am new to the mailing list! Thanks for running this channel.
> I seek basic help regarding running AMG routines (BoomerAMG/ML/GAMG). I am trying to compare the performance of solving a Poisson problem using a AMG Preconditioned GMRES iterative solve vs using AMG as the solver. I use PETSc options using the options database keys as of now, and it is connected to a flow solver (Nektar++) I use for my research.
> I currently run the AMG Preconditioned GMRES iterative solve by setting -ksp_type gmres and then specifying the preconditioner I want using, for e.g, -pc_type hypre -pc_hypre_type boomeramg. If I want to use the AMG routine, I am currently setting -ksp_type preonly and the same -pc_type. However, I am not sure if this is correct way to go about it due to two reasons:  a) my solution using AMG as a solver with these options has a larger error than AMG Preconditioned GMRES (which could still be acceptable), and b) I could not find any clear documentation regarding how to use AMG directly as a solver. I saw some hints in the examples herehttps://petsc.org/main/tutorials/handson/# <https://petsc.org/main/tutorials/handson/>, but it hasn’t helped me.
> Any hints on how to use AMG directly as a solver?
> Best
> Parv

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