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May 10, 2008, 11:49 
Reg. BICGSTAB

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Hi, i wrote a code for solving Pressure Poisson equation using BiCgSTAB iterative technique. My code is working fine except for the very fine grids(dx~1e3) so i cant run some cases. Plz advice me reg. this. Is preconditioning of any use..?


May 12, 2008, 05:53 
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Hi,
It's known that BICGStab can breakdown, I found in a paper the reasons, there are 3, but I can't remember... But basically, Pressure Poisson Equations matyrix is supposed to be symmetric and positive definite!!! And BiCGStab is designed for unsymmetric matrices!!! So why not use simply CG or CGS. With or whitout preconditionning, you will get very fast and accurate results. If your matrice is not symmetric, you will probably have to think about GMRES. In this case you have to choose a fairly large restart but it should be ok. Not as fast as BICGStab but you'll always get good results. 

May 12, 2008, 14:12 
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Hi, Thank you for your suggestions. If possible please give the details of that paper.


May 12, 2008, 16:36 
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The title of the paper is "The Breakdowns of BiCGStab" Link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/62w0t6nh2p8frala/


May 13, 2008, 04:45 
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If you're not preconditioning the matrix then it's likely that bicgstab will not converge (well not within a reasonable number of iterations anyway).
Things to check: (1) make sure you are running in double precision and your convergence criteria is sensibly set. (2) Try diagonal preconditioning to see if it improves matters. (3) If (2) appears to work then try another simple preconditioner (Jacobi, GuassSeidel, SOR or SSOR are all easy to program). (4) If all the above fail try another solver such as GCR(k) or GMRES(k). NOTE: most iterative methods have the potential to breakdown/stagnate (it's happened to me with both GCR and GMRES even with preconditioning). 

May 13, 2008, 05:18 
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The most simple preconditionner you can use is the diagonal of the matrix. It's improving the simulation enough to see if you need to invesigate more the idea of the preconditionner or simply move to another method.


May 13, 2008, 08:01 
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hi, Could you tell us your grid size? I am using BiCGSTAB (without preconditioning) to solve pressure poisson equation with 550*450 grid points. It is converging and working very wel.. It is good if you once again check your implementation.


May 13, 2008, 09:56 
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I also used BICGStab for another kind of matrix, unsymmetric of course. Diverging for n=18000 if no preconditionning Diverging for n=32000 if diagonal preconditionning n being the size of the matrix of course. So it is a fact : BICGStab can breakdown for numerous reasons!!


May 13, 2008, 10:44 
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N=18000 or N=32000 is not important here, and it is not the reason it has broken down. And since it has broken down diagonal preconditioning is not gonna help because your matrix clearly is not diagonally dominant (not a M matrix). The reason for preconditioned BiCGStab is not very clear from what you have written. (I had made BiCGStab failed for even N=6).
If your case is too ill conditioned the fail safe method is LSQR. 

May 13, 2008, 11:05 
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Do you actually mean diverging or do you mean "not converging"  they are different things?
The only time I've had "divergence" has been to programming error (or bad initialization resulting in a division by zero). The not converging case occurs when the iteration increments either become zero (stagnation) or the residual oscillates without decreasing. 

May 13, 2008, 12:56 
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The problem is coming when i put, say, 21 grids in 1/600cm(to capture some details in a case, i've used clustered grids.Total domain size was 5.5*0.1 mm with 550*62 grids),in short, when the dx or dy are of very low magnitude. Except for such kind of fine grids, it is working for any no. of grid points, so where could possibly the bug be..?. Please suggest how to modify the implementation as it is just being influenced by the grid dimension?


May 13, 2008, 12:57 
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(in continuation)
My code is Diverging for such grids. 

May 13, 2008, 18:16 
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What I meant is that for my case, the BIGgstab was giving great results for "coarse" meshes and was breacking down for "finer" mesh. And my matrix is diagonal dominant... But currently I'm using SuperLU or GMRES, which is giving great satisfation, specially the first.


May 13, 2008, 18:28 
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BiCGStab with good preconditioner is very good. I give you an idea about how fast it could be : on a unstructured grid of 70 000 cells, and heat transfer equation with non linear source term. 1 iteration of it reduced the absolute error by factor of 10^7. That is convergent in 1 iteration. The preconditioner was AMG. ;)
So if the preconditioner is good, BiCGStab is also very good and robust. 

May 14, 2008, 00:47 
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hi InddZen,
Is it true that the discretization of pressure Poisson equation always produces symmetric and positive definite matrix? Is this the case even for nonuniform grid? is CG faster than multigrid? 

May 14, 2008, 01:43 
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No, afaik,For nonuniform/nonorthogonal grid the discretization will not produce symmetric matrix.


May 14, 2008, 02:25 
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Actually for incompressible case the matrix will be symmetrical and positive definite. Even for unstructured grids. CG could be used and is used usually, but i have found that BiCGStab (ILU preconditioner) converges much faster than CG. So I always use it.


May 14, 2008, 03:39 
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Ok, AMG is working fine for elliptic equations, what about other kind of matrices, for exemple the one obtained by a FEM discretisation of Navier Stokes equation (incompressible flow of course), specially for high Reynold Numbers... You should read again your papers... Actually I don't have time to spend on trying to developp the right AMG for my matrix, which is really special, probaly latter...


May 14, 2008, 04:38 
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"Actually for incompressible case the matrix will be symmetrical and positive definite."
No it won't  try discretizing the 1D problem on a nonuniform grid using finite differences! 

May 14, 2008, 04:42 
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Try nondimensionalizing your equations and make sure you're using a relative (dimensionless) error estimate for convergence. Also make sure you're using double precision.


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