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Efficient inversion of the Galerkin matrix of general second-order elliptic operators with nonsmooth coefficients
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Math. Comp. 74 (2005), 1179-1199 Request permission


This article deals with the efficient (approximate) inversion of finite element stiffness matrices of general second-order elliptic operators with $L^\infty$-coefficients. It will be shown that the inverse stiffness matrix can be approximated by hierarchical matrices ($\mathcal {H}$-matrices). Furthermore, numerical results will demonstrate that it is possible to compute an approximate inverse with almost linear complexity.
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  • Mario Bebendorf
  • Affiliation: Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik, Universität Leipzig, Augustusplatz 10/11, D-04109 Leipzig, Germany
  • MR Author ID: 656638
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  • Received by editor(s): June 4, 2003
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 15, 2004
  • Published electronically: September 17, 2004
  • Additional Notes: This work was supported by the DFG priority program SPP 1146 “Modellierung inkrementeller Umformverfahren”
  • © Copyright 2004 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 74 (2005), 1179-1199
  • MSC (2000): Primary 35C20, 65F05, 65F50, 65N30
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  • MathSciNet review: 2136998