The cost of continuity: A study of the performance of isogeometric finite elements using direct solvers
KAUST DepartmentApplied Mathematics and Computational Science Program
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Environmental Science and Engineering Program
Numerical Porous Media SRI Center (NumPor)
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AbstractWe study the performance of direct solvers on linear systems of equations resulting from isogeometric analysis. The problem of choice is the canonical Laplace equation in three dimensions. From this study we conclude that for a fixed number of unknowns and polynomial degree of approximation, a higher degree of continuity k drastically increases the CPU time and RAM needed to solve the problem when using a direct solver. This paper presents numerical results detailing the phenomenon as well as a theoretical analysis that explains the underlying cause. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
SponsorsWe would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their feedback which significantly improved the quality of the paper. The second author was partially funded by the Project of the Spanish Ministry of Sciences and Innovation MTM2010-16511. The work of the third author has been partially supported by ANPCyT Argentina Grant PICT-1141/2007. The work of the fourth author was partially supported by Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education Grant No. NN 519 447739.