Volume 31, pp. 86-109, 2008.

Enhancement of Krylov subspace spectral methods by block Lanczos iteration

James V. Lambers


This paper presents a modification of Krylov subspace spectral (KSS) methods, which build on the work of Golub, Meurant and others, pertaining to moments and Gaussian quadrature to produce high-order accurate approximate solutions to variable-coefficient time-dependent PDEs. Whereas KSS methods currently use Lanczos iteration to compute the needed quadrature rules, our modification uses block Lanczos iteration in order to avoid the need to compute two quadrature rules for each component of the solution, or use perturbations of quadrature rules. It will be shown that, under reasonable assumptions on the coefficients of the problem, a 1-node KSS method is unconditionally stable, and methods with more than one node are shown to possess favorable stability properties as well. Numerical results suggest that block KSS methods are significantly more accurate than their non-block counterparts.

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Key words

Spectral methods, Gaussian quadrature, variable-coefficient, block Lanczos method, stability, heat equation.

AMS subject classifications

65M12, 65M70, 65D32, 65F25.

Links to the cited ETNA articles

[13]Vol. 28 (2007-2008), pp. 114-135 James V. Lambers: Derivation of high-order spectral methods for time-dependent PDE using modified moments
[17]Vol. 20 (2005), pp. 212-234 James V. Lambers: Krylov subspace spectral methods for variable-coefficient initial-boundary value problems

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