Inexact inverse subspace iteration with preconditioning applied to non-Hermitian eigenvalue problems

M Robbé, M Sadkane, Alastair Spence

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Convergence results are provided for inexact inverse subspace iteration applied to the problem of finding the invariant subspace associated with a small number of eigenvalues of a large sparse matrix. These results are illustrated by the use of block-GMRES as the iterative solver. The costs of the inexact solves are measured by the number of inner iterations needed by the iterative solver at each outer step of the algorithm. It is shown that for a decreasing tolerance the number of inner iterations should not increase as the outer iteration proceeds, but it may increase for preconditioned iterative solves. However, it is also shown that an appropriate small rank change to the preconditioner can produce significant savings in costs and, in particular, can produce a situation where there is no increase in the costs of the iterative solves even though the solve tolerances are reducing. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-113
Number of pages22
JournalSIAM Journal On Matrix Analysis and Applications (SIMAX)
Issue number1
Early online date27 Feb 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Eigenvalue approximation
  • Inverse subspace iteration
  • Preconditioning
  • Iterative methods


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