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CVODES: The Sensitivity-Enabled ODE Solver in SUNDIALS

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Radu Serban, Alan C. Hindmarsh

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Paper No. DETC2005-85597, pp. 257-269; 13 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 5th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4743-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


CVODES, which is part of the SUNDIALS software suite, is a stiff and nonstiff ordinary differential equation initial value problem solver with sensitivity analysis capabilities. CVODES is written in a data-independent manner, with a highly modular structure to allow incorporation of different preconditioning and/or linear solver methods. It shares with the other SUNDIALS solvers several common modules, most notably the generic kernel of vector operations and a set of generic linear solvers and preconditioners. CVODES solves the IVP by one of two methods — backward differentiation formula or Adams-Moulton — both implemented in a variable-step, variable-order form. The forward sensitivity module in CVODES implements the simultaneous corrector method, as well as two flavors of staggered corrector methods. Its adjoint sensitivity module provides a combination of checkpointing and cubic Hermite interpolation for the efficient generation of the forward solution during the adjoint system integration. We describe the current capabilities of CVODES, its design principles, and its user interface, and provide an example problem to illustrate the performance of CVODES.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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