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Download via link above. See also File:Newton template.f90.

The Newton-Krylov method

The code above implements the Jacobian-free Newton-Krylov (JFNK) method for solving \[\vec{F}(\vec{x})=\vec{0},\] where $\vec{x}$ and $\vec{F}$ are $n$-vectors, using a Hookstep-Trust-region approach.

This is a powerful method that can solve for $\vec{x}$ for a complicated nonlinear $\vec{F}(\vec{x})$. E.g., for a periodic orbit, let $\vec{F}(\vec{x}) = \vec{X}(\vec{x})-\vec{x}$, where $\vec{X}(\vec{x})$ is the result of time integration of an initial condition $\vec{x}$. (See the comment at File:Arnoldi.f on how timestepping or exponentiation can help suitability for Krylov methods.)

For each Newton iteration we make the improvement $\vec{x}_{i+1} = \vec{x}_i + \vec{\delta x}$. The linear problem for the step $\vec{\delta x}$ is \[\left.\frac{\vec{dF}}{\vec{dx}}\right|_{\vec{x}_i}\,\vec{\delta x}=-\vec{F}(\vec{x}_i) \, . \quad\qquad (*) \] In the Hookstep approach, this needs to be approximately solved subject to the condition that the magnitude of $\vec{\delta x}$ is smaller than $\delta$, the size of the trust region. The size of $\delta$ is automatically adjusted according to the accuracy of the predicted reduction in the magnitude of $\vec{F}(\vec{x})$ at each Newton step.

The problem $(*)$ is in the form $A\vec{x}=\vec{b}$, where $A$ is an $n\times n$ matrix, and is solved using the Krylov-subspace method, GMRES(m). See File:GMRESm.f90. Iterations of the GMRES(m) algorithm involve calculating products $\left.\frac{\vec{dF}}{\vec{dx}}\right|_{\vec{x}_i}\,\vec{\delta x}$ for given $\vec{\delta x}$, which may be approximated, by e.g. $\frac{1}{\epsilon}(\vec{F}(\vec{x}_i+\epsilon\,\vec{\delta x})-\vec{F}(\vec{x}_i))$ for some small value $\epsilon$. Thus, the method does not need to know the matrix $\left.\frac{\vec{dF}}{\vec{dx}}\right|_{\vec{x}_i}$ itself; only a routine for calculating $\vec{F}(\vec{x})$ is required.

Note that provided that each step of the Newton method, $\vec{\delta x}$, is essentially in the correct direction, the method is expected to converge. Therefore the tolerance specified in the accuracy of the solution for $\vec{\delta x}$ in each Newton step (calculated via the GMRES method) typically need not be so stringent as the tolerance placed on the Newton method itself for the solution $\vec{x}$. For example, we might seek a relative error for the Newton solution of $||\vec{F}(\vec{x})||/||\vec{x}||=O(10^{-8})$, but a relative error for the GMRES steps of $||A\vec{x}-\vec{b}||/||\vec{x}||=O(10^{-3})$ is likely to be sufficient for calculation of the steps $\vec{\delta x}$.

For further details of the method, see e.g. Newton-Krylov-Hookstep (

The code

To download, click the links at top of page. A template for calling the routine: File:Newton template.f90. The code also requires File:GMRESm.f90 and Lapack.

  • Prior to calling the subroutine newtonhook(...), the arrays new_x(:)$\equiv\vec{x}_i$ and new_fx(:)$\equiv\vec{F}(\vec{x}_i)$ need to be allocated the dimension $n$.
  • Also prior to calling newtonhook(...), new_x(:) must be assigned the initial guess $\vec{x}_0$. (As the calculation proceeds, the vector new_x(:) is updated with improved vectors, having smaller corresponding new_fx(:).)
  • In addition to scalar and array variables, newtonhook(...) needs to be passed
    • a function that calculates the dot product of two vectors,
    • a function that calculates $\vec{F}(\vec{x})$ for a given $\vec{\delta x}$,
    • a function that calculates $\left.\frac{\vec{dF}}{\vec{dx}}\right|_{\vec{x}_i}\,\vec{\delta x}$ for a given $\vec{\delta x}$. See possible approximation above, where $\vec{F}(\vec{x}_i)$ is already stored in new_fx(:).
    • a subroutine that replaces a vector $\vec{x}$ with the solution of $M\vec{x}'=\vec{x}$ for $\vec{x}'$, where $M$ is a preconditioner matrix. This may simply be an empty subroutine if no preconditioner is required, i.e. $M=I$.
    • a subroutine that is called at the end of each iteration. This may be used to save the current state after each iteration, if desired.
  • The functions above may require auxiliary data, in addition to the given $\vec{x}$ or $\vec{\delta x}$. A few ways to access the data:
    • place the required data in a module and access via 'use mymodule'.
    • place the data in a common block.
    • write the vector to disk, call a script that runs an external programme, then load the result.
  • Extra constraints may be necessary, e.g. that determine an update to the period of an orbit. The function that evaluates $\left.\frac{\vec{dF}}{\vec{dx}}\right|_{\vec{x}_i}\,\vec{\delta x}$ for a given $\vec{\delta x}$ should append to the result the evaluations of the constraints. Correspondingly, for each constraint an extra 0 should be appended to $\vec{F}(\vec{x}_i)$ (the evaluated constraint should equal zero when converged).

Parallel use

It is NOT necessary to edit this code for parallel (MPI) use:

  • let each thread pass its subsection of the vector $\vec{x}$,
  • make the dot product function mpi_allreduce the result of the dot product.
  • to avoid multiple outputs to the terminal, set info=1 on rank 0 and info=0 for the other ranks.

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