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We treat the time discretization of an initial-value problem for a homogeneous abstract parabolic equation by first using a representation of the solution as an integral along the boundary of a sector in the right half of the complex plane, then transforming this into a real integral on the finite interval [0, 1], and finally applying a standard quadrature(More)
The numerical solution of a parabolic equation with memory is considered. The equation is first discretized in time by means of the discontinuous Galerkin method with piecewise constant or piecewise linear approximating functions. The analysis presented allows variable time steps which, as will be shown, can then efficiently be selected to match(More)
In a previous paper, McLean and Thomée (to appear), we studied three numerical methods for the discretization in time of a fractional order evolution equation, in a Banach space framework. Each of the methods applied a quadrature rule to a contour integral representation of the solution in the complex plane, where for each quadrature point an elliptic(More)
Let Ω be a bounded nonconvex polygonal domain in the plane. Consider the initial boundary value problem for the heat equation with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions and semidiscrete and fully discrete approximations of its solution by piecewise linear finite elements in space. The purpose of this paper is to show that known results for the(More)
We study the numerical approximation of an integro-differential equation which is intermediate between the heat and wave equations. The proposed discretization uses convolution quadrature based on the firstand second-order backward difference methods in time, and piecewise linear finite elements in space. Optimal-order error bounds in terms of the initial(More)
Let Ω be a convex domain with smooth boundary in Rd. It has been shown recently that the semigroup generated by the discrete Laplacian for quasi-uniform families of piecewise linear finite element spaces on Ω is analytic with respect to the maximum-norm, uniformly in the mesh-width. This implies a resolvent estimate of standard form in the maximum-norm(More)