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# A multifrontal approach for solving sparse linear equations

## Abstract

A principal characteristic of multifrontal schemes for solving sparse sets of linear equations is their use of full submatrices during the elimination and thus, in the symbolic phases, much work and storage can be saved by only storing index lists rather than the full submatrices.

In this paper, we indicate how such a scheme can be efficiently implemented and show how it need not be restricted to systems which are symmetric and positive definite.

We illustrate our remarks by examining the performance of a Harwell code based on this approach. In particular, we show that the simple inner loop of such codes performs well on machines capable of vectorization.

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