Multilevel Preconditioners for Reaction-Diffusion Problems with Discontinuous Coefficients

Tzanio V. Kolev, Jinchao Xu, Yunrong Zhu

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In this paper, we extend some of the multilevel convergence results obtained by Xu and Zhu in [Xu and Zhu, M3AS 2008], to the case of second order linear reaction-diffusion equations. Specifically, we consider the multilevel preconditioners for solving the linear systems arising from the linear finite element approximation of the problem, where both diffusion and reaction coefficients are piecewise-constant functions. We discuss in detail the influence of both the discontinuous reaction and diffusion coefficients to the performance of the classical BPX and multigrid V-cycle preconditioner.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-350
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Scientific Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Software
  • General Engineering


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