Linear multifrequency-grey acceleration recast for preconditioned Krylov iterations Academic Article uri icon


  • The linear multifrequency-grey acceleration (LMFGA) technique is used to accelerate the iterative convergence of multigroup thermal radiation diffusion calculations in high energy density simulations. Although it is effective and efficient in one-dimensional calculations, the LMFGA method has recently been observed to significantly degrade under certain conditions in multidimensional calculations with large discontinuities in material properties. To address this deficiency, we recast the LMFGA method in terms of a preconditioned system that is solved with a Krylov method (LMFGK). Results are presented demonstrating that the new LMFGK method always requires fewer iterations than the original LMFGA method. The reduction in iteration count increases with both the size of the time step and the inhomogeneity of the problem. However, for reasons later explained, the LMFGK method can cost more per iteration than the LMFGA method, resulting in lower but comparable efficiency in problems with small time steps and weak inhomogeneities. In problems with large time steps and strong inhomogeneities, the LMFGK method is significantly more efficient than the LMFGA method. 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Morel, J. E., Yang, T., & Warsa, J. S.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Morel, Jim E||Yang, T-Y Brian||Warsa, James S

publication date

  • November 2007