Computational scales of Sobolev norms with application to preconditioning Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper provides a framework for developing computationally efficient multilevel preconditioners and representations for Sobolev norms. Specifically, given a Hilbert space V and a nested sequence of subspaces V1 V2 . . . V, we construct operators which are spectrally equivalent to those of the form A = k k (Qk - Qk-1). Here k, k = 1, 2, . . . , are positive numbers and Qk is the orthogonal projector onto Vk with Q0 = 0. We first present abstract results which show when A is spectrally equivalent to a similarly constructed operator defined in terms of an approximation Qk of Qk, for k = 1, 2, . . . . We show that these results lead to efficient preconditioners for discretizations of differential and pseudo-differential operators of positive and negative order. These results extend to sums of operators. For example, singularly perturbed problems such as I - can be preconditioned uniformly independently of the parameter . We also show how to precondition an operator which results from Tikhonov regularization of a problem with noisy data. Finally, we describe how the technique provides computationally efficient bounded discrete extensions which have applications to domain decomposition.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bramble, J. H., Pasciak, J. E., & Vassilevski, P. S.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Bramble, JH||Pasciak, JE||Vassilevski, PS

publication date

  • January 1999