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Whether you're simulating the electronic structure of a carbon nanotube or the strain within an automobile part, the calculations usually boil down to a simple matrix equation, Ax = f. The faster you can fill the matrix A with the coefficients for your partial differential equation (PDE), and the faster you can solve for the vector x given a forcing function f, the faster you have your overall solution. Things get interesting when the matrix A is too large to fit in the memory available on one machine, or when the coefficients in A cause the matrix to be ill-conditioned.

Many different algorithms have been developed to map a PDE onto a matrix, to pre-condition the matrix to a better form, and to solve the matrix with blinding speed. Different algorithms usually exploit some property of the matrix, such as symmetry, to reduce either memory requirements or solution speed or both.

Learn more about algorithms from the many resources on this site, listed below.

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  1. How to ensure that the stiffness matrix is square?

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    Every time I run the solver, it stops giving an error that the stiffness matrix is not square (though it is symmetric). What should I do to ensure that the stiffness matrix is square so as to..., a resource for nanoscience and nanotechnology, is supported by the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.