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We describe here a library aimed at automating the solution of partial differential equations using the finite element method. By employing novel techniques for automated code generation, the library combines a high level of expressiveness with efficient computation. Finite element variational forms may be expressed in near mathematical notation, from which… (More)

We investigate the compilation of general multilinear variational forms over affines simplices and prove a representation theorem for the representation of the element tensor (element stiffness matrix) as the contraction of a constant reference tensor and a geometry tensor that accounts for geometry and variable coefficients. Based on this representation… (More)

We present the Unified Form Language (UFL), which is a domain-specific language for representing weak formulations of partial differential equations with a view to numerical approximation. Features of UFL include support for variational forms and functionals, automatic differentiation of forms and expressions, arbitrary function space hierarchies for… (More)

As a key step towards a complete automation of the finite element method, we present a new algorithm for automatic and efficient evaluation of multilinear variational forms. The algorithm has been implemented in the form of a compiler, the FEniCS Form Compiler (FFC). We present benchmark results for a series of standard variational forms, including the… (More)

We present multi-adaptive versions of the standard continuous and discontinuous Galerkin methods for ODEs. Taking adaptivity one step further, we allow for individual time-steps, order and quadrature, so that in particular each individual component has its own time-step sequence. This paper contains a description of the methods, an analysis of their basic… (More)

A compiler approach for generating low-level computer code from high-level input for discontinuous Galerkin finite element forms is presented. The input language mirrors conventional mathematical notation, and the compiler generates efficient code in a standard programming language. This facilitates the rapid generation of efficient code for general… (More)

We examine the effect of using complexity-reducing relations [Kirby et al. 2006] to generate optimized code for the evaluation of finite-element variational forms. The optimizations are implemented in a prototype code named FErari, which has been integrated as an optimizing backend to the FEniCS form compiler, FFC [Kirby and Logg 2006; 2007]. In some cases,… (More)

Assembling stiffness matrices represents a significant cost in many finite element computations. We address the question of optimizing the evaluation of these matrices. By finding redundant computations, we are able to significantly reduce the cost of building local stiffness matrices for the Laplace operator and for the trilinear form for Navier–Stokes… (More)

We present a new strategy for solving stiff ODEs with explicit methods. By adap-tively taking a small number of stabilizing small explicit time steps when necessary, a stiff ODE system can be stabilized enough to allow for time steps much larger than what is indicated by classical stability analysis. For many stiff problems the cost of the stabilizing small… (More)

Continuing the discussion of the multi-adaptive Galerkin methods mcG(q) and mdG(q) presented in [, we present adaptive algorithms for global error control, iterative solution methods for the discrete equations, features of the implementation Tanganyika, and computational results for a variety of ODEs. Examples include the Lorenz system, the solar system,… (More)