Decomposition, defect correction, and related numerical methods
Submitting InstitutionUniversity of Greenwich
Unit of AssessmentMathematical Sciences
Summary Impact TypeTechnological
Research Subject Area(s)
Mathematical Sciences: Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Numerical and Computational Mathematics
Summary of the impact
Spatial decomposition methods have been extended to apply to spatial,
scale, and temporal domains as a result of work at the Numerical and
Applied Mathematics Research Unit (NAMU) at the University of Greenwich.
This work has led to a numerical framework for tackling many nonlinear
problems which have been key bottlenecks in software design and scientific
computing. The work has benefitted the welding industry in the UK because
these concepts are now embedded, with parallel computing, in the
industry's modern welding design process software.
Spatially motivated decomposition (1997-2011)
Key outcomes from the research were formulation and solution of the
problem using a defect correction equation which produced an iterative
sequence of corrections. The concept of coupling was encapsulated in a
simple formulation, thereby giving convergence of the approximate
solutions sequence to the defect correction equation. This structure forms
the defect correction framework, which we initially applied to homogeneous
mathematical problems defined in different subdomains. The importance of
this framework is the extension to multi-mathematical models and
multi-scale problems, described later. The work was rated as
internationally leading by peers, and led to a TSB project [3a] where
Greenwich is a partner in a consortium led by TWI Ltd which has
demonstrated the convergence result of the method when applied to
industrial problems [3.1].
Key UoG personnel involved: M. Cross, Director of Centre for Numerical
Modelling and Process Analysis, left to Swansea in 2004; C.-H. Lai, Senior
Lecturer and later Professor of Numerical Mathematics; K. Pericleous,
Professor of CFD; A.L. Siahaan, researcher, joined in 2006 and left to
Cambridge in 2011.
1) EPSRC GR/50600 (1997) - Domain Decomposition Methods for Partial
2) British Council UK-Dutch Joint Scientific Research Grant
JRP433-AMS/884/4 (1997) - Coupling mathematical models.
Scale motivated decomposition (1999-2012)
The defect correction concept was used in the derivation of
multi-mathematical models with disparate scales for application to
aeroacoustic problems. An EPSRC grant (GR/M60804) entitled `Computational
Aeroacoustics' was obtained for the work. At the continuum level the
formalism follows perturbation methods. At the discretised level the
defect correction method [3.2] offers a robust way of handling high order
schemes, large eddy simulations, and turbulence sub-grid modelling using
existing CFD software. A suitably constructed residual defect correction
term is obtained from existing CFD software output [3.3]. Further theory
appeared in the PhD thesis by L. Lai in June 2013.
Key UoG personnel involved: G.S. Djambazov, researcher and later senior
research fellow; C.-H. Lai, Senior Lecturer and later Professor of
Numerical Mathematics; L. Lai, researcher, (2004 - 2007); Z.-K. Wang,
researcher, (2001 - 2004).
1) EPSRC GR/M60804 (1999) - Computational Aeroacoustics;
2) LMS Workshop Grant EGR:hmc:00-0115010L0103 (2000) - Domain
Decomposition Methods for Fluid Mechanics;
3) British Council Alliance Franco-British Partnership Programme PN04.043
(2002) - Computational Acoustics;
4) LMS Scheme 8 Grant 81106 (2012) - Workshop on Applied and Numerical
Methods: Multiscale Problems.
Temporal motivated decomposition (2001-2012)
Decomposition of the temporal axis initially aimed to achieve
parallelisation in the time domain. Members of NAMU began to consider this
problem in 2001 with work submitted to RAE2008. Extension of the work
based on various transformation methods led to decoupled parametric
equations that may be solved concurrently with low complexity coupling at
the post-computation level. Parallelisation in time is achieved by
concurrent computation of the parametric equations. Two MSc dissertations
and two book chapters [3.4], demonstrate the method. Peers rated the work
as of internationally leading quality. This led to a collaborative project
in computational finance through FR7 STRIKE [3b] where Greenwich is
responsible for the development of distributive multi-scale solution
techniques for nonlinear financial problems in commodity markets.
Key UoG personnel involved: N. Kokulan, researcher, joined in 2010; C.-H.
Lai, Senior Lecturer and later Professor of Numerical Mathematics; A.K.
Parrott, Professor of Computational Science; S. Rout, researcher, (2001 -
References to the research
(REF 1 submitted staff in bold,** REF2 Output)
**3.1 Siahaan, A., Lai, C.-H., & Pericleous, K. (2011). Local
convergence of an adaptive scalar method and its application in a
nonoverlapping domain decomposition scheme. Journal of Computational
and Applied Mathematics, 235(17), 5203-5212. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cam.2011.05.010
(Impact factor: 0.989)
**3.2 Wang, Z. K., Djambazov, G. S., Lai, C. H., & Pericleous,
K. A. (2008). Numerical investigation of a source extraction technique
based on an acoustic correction method. Computers & Mathematics
with Applications, 55(3), 441-458. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.camwa.2004.08.017
(Impact factor: 2.069)
3.3 X. Jiang, & Lai, C.-H. (2009). Numerical Techniques
for Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation. Boca Raton: CRC Press/Taylor
& Francis Group. ISBN 978-1-4200-7578-6 (print), 978-1-4200-7579-3
(17 Citations: Google Scholar.)
3.4 Lai, C.-H. (2008) Numerical solutions of certain nonlinear
models in European options on a distributed computing environment. In M.
Ehrhardt (Ed.). Nonlinear Models in Mathematical Finance: New Research
Trends in Option Pricing (pp. 305-320). New York: Nova
Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-60456-931-5, (9 citations: Google
3a C.-H. Lai. OPTWELD - Real-time virtual prototyping tools for
OPTimising WELDed products (TSB/CRD/096 Q20688) http://www.optweld.org.uk/.
TSB, Technology Programme. 01/09/2008 - 31/08/2011; Value funded to
R1. 3b C.-H. Lai. Novel Methods in Computational Finance (Ref
304617). FP7-People-2012-ITN. Jan-2013 - Dec-2016. €3,582,470 (UoG
contribution £329,000). The ITN network STRIKE is led by University of
Details of the impact
Welding industry benefits from new design process software
The work described above has been successfully applied in the welding
industry through the OPTWELD project which ran through 2010. This project
resulted in substantial collaboration work with local industry (the TWI
Group and the ESI Group) on the implementation of distributed algorithms
in the commercial software application 'Sysweld'. An MSc research
dissertation, `Distributed algorithms for heat transfer related problems'
by S. Guo, documented the issues surrounding the work and has been widely
disseminated in industry. The embedding of the scientific computing
techniques, resulting from the research, in welding industry software has
led to an easy approach to coupling of subdomains which has significantly
enhanced the accuracy and applicability of the software. Research results
were also applied to: inverse problems, image processing,
pharmacokinetics, and stochastic optimisation and this clearly
demonstrated the impact of the numerical frameworks developed in
Dissemination of findings in aero-acoustics and inverse problems
Work in the area of domain decomposition methods started with applications
in aero-acoustics and inverse problems in 1996 with Djambazov, and later
with Palansuriya, Wang, L. Lai, Siahaan, Tian, Kokulan. The most important
recent publication disseminating important results in the concept of
acoustic correction methods for the extraction of disparate scales can be
found in [3.2]. In relation to this work, C. Lai and other former students
explored the concept of a wider class of methods known as the defect
correction method for multi-scale problems. C. Lai solicited a special
issue, published in June 2008, entitled `Mathematical and Computational
Aspects of Multi-Scale Problems' with the Journal of Algorithms and
Technology, ISSN 1748-3018, while attending the World Congress on
Computational Mechanics, Los Angeles, 2006. During an academic visit to
China in July 2008, Lai gave an invited seminar entitled `Some new results
of the acoustic correction method for the extraction of sound signals' at
Dalian University of Technology. C. Lai visited Prof. P. Lin and Dr D.
Trucu, Dundee University, in order to exchange experiences in multi-scale
methods and gave a talk entitled `On the acoustic correction method for
extracting sound signals' during March 2009. In May 2009 C. Lai was in
discussion with Dr A. Rona, Leicester University, on a joint Marie Currie
Network proposal to FR7 fund, and gave a talk there entitled `On the
acoustic correction method for extracting sound signals'. This was
recently funded under FP7-People-2012-ITN AeroTraNet (Ref 317142) in which
Greenwich has secured a share of £257,000 funding. Lai was also invited to
give an invited talk at the 2nd Belgian Mathematical Society
and London Mathematical Society Conference, Catholic University of Leuven,
the Netherlands on the topic `On high order schemes and defect correction
methods'. The work was summarised and presented at 16th
International Conference on Sound and Vibration, Krackow, July 2009, and
at World Congress on Computational Mechanics 2010, July 2010, Sydney. Lai
gave a talk to University of Essex in May 2011 entitled `On high order
schemes and defect correction methods in CFD software'. A joint Essex,
Greenwich, and Hertfordshire Workshop on Applied and Numerical Methods:
Multiscale Problems, June 2012, was funded through LMS Scheme 8 Grant
811062. The work in the acoustic correction method and high order schemes
mentioned above led to significant contribution to the book listed in
[3.3]. It is extremely exciting to see that this book is being used as one
of the texts and references for numerical techniques for LES at Lancaster
and Greenwich. The PhD student, L. Lai, recently completed his thesis in
this area with a generalised framework using defect correction.
Coupling of black box engineering software
Building on the early research experience in domain decomposition methods
before 2008, NAMU has been engaged in the TSB project described in [3a] on
a domain decomposition method for the coupling of black box engineering
software using the concept of the defect equation. Here the main
contribution is to allow work at different locations and sites using
different software being coupled to form a final piece of work. At the
same time Siahaan has been working on the theory of the convergence of a
quasi-Newton method showing that the coupling using the defect equation
converges to the solution, though very slowly. This is an extremely
encouraging theoretical result and Siahaan has also improved the method so
that convergence is speeded up as demonstrated in his PhD thesis in June
2011. The theoretical work is summarised in [3.1].
Temporal and scale parallel algorithms
NAMU has a long history of developing temporal and scale parallel
algorithms. In particular Lai and Parrott have been involved in such
work before joining the university in 1989 and 1993 respectively. Previous
work with an application in computational finance submitted in the last
RAE was demonstrated by Lai and Parrott in the paper entitled `A
distributed algorithm for European options with nonlinear volatility', Computers
and Mathematics with Applications, 49, 885-894, 2005. This
work helped to attract the funding described in R6 for ITN-STRIKE. Recent
activities and work concentrated on induced parallel and distributive
properties into mathematical models/formulations so that a nonlinear
financial option problem which is intrinsically sequential may process
parallel properties. Typical techniques used here are transformation
methods summarised in two recent MSc dissertations at Greenwich:
1) N. Natkunam, Numerical analysis of the diffusion equation using
Laplace transform, 2009.
2) M.T. Tarawneh, Theoretical performance analysis of parallel algorithms
and applications to differential equations, 2009.
Lai visited the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool,
in May 2010 while on an external examination role, and presented the above
work. He also took the opportunity of World Congress on Computational
Mechanics 2010 to visit the Mathematics Department, University of
Canberra, Australia, where he disseminated the above work in July 2010.
Further research work generated two book chapters in books, one with
applications to computational finance, as described in [3.4], and the
other a general concept on induced parallel properties, as below:
C.-H. Lai. On transformation methods and the induced parallel properties
for the temporal domain, in Substructuring Techniques and Domain
Decomposition Methods, ed F. Magoules, ISBN: 1759-3158 (doi:
10.4203/csets.24.3), Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, 45-70,
Lai was invited to be the external examiner for a PhD thesis on temporal
parallelisation at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon I in July 2011.
Knowing such impact in academia through the above work, financial and
market analysts are interested to know more about how temporal parallel
algorithms would affect the computational efficiency in derivative
analysis and prediction of prices. Discussion of collaboration with
Wuppertal University, Deutsche Postbank, and other financial organisations
resulted to the FR7 project linking these partners as described in [3b].
Sources to corroborate the impact
S.1 Collaboration work with local industry, TWI Group and ESI Group, on
the implementation of distributed algorithms for the commercial software
Techniques based in defect correction and coupling of subdomains have been
embedded into the parallel software design.
S.2 Lai was invited to be the external examiner for a PhD thesis on
temporal parallelisation at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon I in
July 2011. Discussion of collaboration with Wuppertal University and
several financial organisations, including Deutsche Postbank, resulted to
an industrial and academia collaborative project in FR7 as described in
S.3 A special issue highlighting industrial collaborative work with
hospitals in pharmacokinetics and other applications in medical sciences:
Computer methods in pharmacy related research, Journal of Algorithms
and Computational Technology, 2 (1), 2011.
In relation to temporal scale decomposition, Lai applied inverse problem
techniques for some pharmacokinetic models and developed an intrinsic
L. Liu, C.-H. Lai, S.-D. Zhou, F. Xie, H.-W. Lu. PKAIN: An artificial
immune network for parameter optimisation in pharmacokinetics.
Modelling in Medicine and Biology VIII, 277 - 286, WIT
Press, ISSN 1747-4885, 2009.
L. Liu, C.-H. Lai, S.-D. Zhou, F. Xie, R. Lu. Two level time-domain
decomposition based distributed method for numerical solutions of
pharmacokinetic models. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 41, 221
- 227, 2011. (doi:10.1016/j.compbiomed.2011.02.003)
S.4 DCABES (Distributed Computing and Algorithms for Business,
Engineering, and Sciences) is a research and industrial network exploring
modern mathematical tools related to distributed and parallel algorithms
and their roles in industry. The network was initiated by the University
of Greenwich and Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China,
and started long before NAMU was established and has been running since
2001 when the first international conference was held in Wuhan, China: http://www.dcabes.org. Lai is now one
of the two co- chairs of the steering committee of DCABES which looks
after the annual conference - International Conference on Distributed
Computing and Applications to Business, Engineering, and Sciences.
Proceedings of the annual conference are now being published by IEEE.
S.5 Lai is also a visiting professor at Buckingham University: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/directory/professor-choi-hong-lai/;
Jiangnan University, China; and Fuzhou University: http://cmcs.fzu.edu.cn/glwz/,
China. He is also an honorary professor at Wuhan University of Science and
Techology, Wuhan, China. The main role of such visiting professorships is
to promote joint research collaborations in various areas of numerical
analysis and scientific computing for industrial related applications.
S.6 NAMU has close ties with Fuzhou University in the area of applied
computing and applications. Lai is one of two co-directors of
Fuzhou-Greenwich Applied Computing R & D Centre (http://cmcs.fzu.edu.cn/glwz/).
One of the roles that NAMU undertakes is to consolidate collaborations
with Chinese industry in image processing amongst other areas.
S.7 Recently NAMU has hosted the visit of Prof. Shidah Mohd-Ali,
Malaysian Science University to work in the area of domain decomposition
methods. Lai is nominated by Malaysian Science University as a member of
their external supervision team for one PhD student who works in domain
S.8 Lai has taken up external supervision of a PhD student at University
of Hertfordshire in the area of computational finance.
S.9 The concept of defect correction method and multi-scale problems is
included in the final year course: Methods of Nonlinear Mathematics
(Course code MATH1133) which will be used in the training programme
provided through the FR7 project described in [R6].