# Non-autonomous Linear ODE / Lie Group ODE Solvers

Non-autonomous linear ODE solvers focus on equations in the general form of

$$$u^\prime = A(u,p,t)u$$$

and utilize the Lie group structure of the solution to accelerate the numerical methods and capture certain properties in the solution process. One common simplification is for solvers to require state-independent operators, which implies the form:

$$$u^\prime = A(t)u$$$

Another type of solvers are needed when the operators are state-dependent, i.e.

$$$u^\prime = A(u)u$$$

Others specifically require linearity, i.e.

$$$u^\prime = Au$$$

where $A$ is a constant operator.

## Recommendations

It is recommended to always specialize on the properties of the operator as much as possible.

## Standard ODE Integrators

The standard ODE integrators will work on Non-autonomous linear ODE problems via an automatic transformation to a first-order ODE. See the ODE solvers page for more details.

## Specialized OrdinaryDiffEq.jl Integrators

Unless otherwise specified, the OrdinaryDiffEq algorithms all come with a 3rd order Hermite polynomial interpolation. The algorithms denoted as having a "free" interpolation means that no extra steps are required for the interpolation. For the non-free higher order interpolating functions, the extra steps are computed lazily (i.e. not during the solve).

Note that all of these methods are fixed timestep unless otherwise specified.

### Exponential Methods for Linear and Affine Problems

These methods require that $A$ is constant.

• LinearExponential - Exact solution formula for linear, time-independent problems.

Options:

• krylov - symbol. One of
• :off (default) - cache the operator beforehand. Requires Matrix(A) method defined for the operator A.
• :simple - uses simple Krylov approximations with fixed subspace size m.
• m - integer, default: 30. Controls the size of Krylov subsapce if krylov=:simple, and the initial subspace size if krylov=:adaptive.
• iop - integer, default: 0. If not zero, determines the length of the incomplete orthogonalization procedure (IOP) [1]. Note that if the linear operator/jacobian is hermitian, then the Lanczos algorithm will always be used and the IOP setting is ignored.
_A = [2 -1;-3 -5]/5
A = DiffEqArrayOperator(_A)
prob = ODEProblem(A, [1.0,-1.0], (1.0, 6.0))
sol = solve(prob, LinearExponential())
Note

LinearExponential is exact, and thus it uses dt=tspan[2]-tspan[1] by default. The interpolation used is inexact (3rd order Hermite). Thus values generated by the interpolation (via sol(t) or saveat) will be inexact with increasing error as the size of the time span grows. To counteract this, directly set dt or use tstops instead of of saveat. For more information, see this issue

### State-Independent Solvers

These methods require $A$ is only dependent on the independent variable, i.e. $A(t)$.

• MagnusMidpoint - Second order Magnus Midpoint method.
• MagnusLeapfrog- Second order Magnus Leapfrog method.
• MagnusGauss4 - Fourth order Magnus method approximated using a two stage Gauss quadrature.
• MagnusGL4- Fourth order Magnus method approximated using Gauss-Legendre quadrature.
• MagnusNC6- Sixth order Magnus method approximated using Newton-Cotes quadrature.
• MagnusGL6- Sixth order Magnus method approximated using Gauss-Legendre quadrature.
• MagnusNC8- Eighth order Magnus method approximated using Newton-Cotes quadrature.
• MagnusGL8- Eighth order Magnus method approximated using Gauss-Legendre quadrature.

Example:

function update_func(A,u,p,t)
A[1,1] = cos(t)
A[2,1] = sin(t)
A[1,2] = -sin(t)
A[2,2] = cos(t)
end
A = DiffEqArrayOperator(ones(2,2),update_func=update_func)
prob = ODEProblem(A, ones(2), (1.0, 6.0))
sol = solve(prob,MagnusGL6(),dt=1/10)

### State-Dependent Solvers

These methods can be used when $A$ is dependent on the state variables, i.e. $A(u)$.

• CayleyEuler - First order method using Cayley transformations.
• LieEuler - First order Lie Euler method.
• RKMK2 - Second order Runge–Kutta–Munthe-Kaas method.
• RKMK4 - Fourth order Runge–Kutta–Munthe-Kaas method.
• LieRK4 - Fourth order Lie Runge-Kutta method.
• CG2 - Second order Crouch–Grossman method.

Example:

function update_func(A,u,p,t)
A[1,1] = 0
A[2,1] = sin(u[1])
A[1,2] = -1
A[2,2] = 0
end
A = DiffEqArrayOperator(ones(2,2),update_func=update_func)
prob = ODEProblem(A, ones(2), (0, 30.))
sol = solve(prob,LieRK4(),dt=1/4)

The above example solves a non-stiff Non-Autonomous Linear ODE with a state dependent operator, using the LieRK4 method. Similarly, a stiff Non-Autonomous Linear ODE with state dependent operators can be solved using specialized adaptive algorithms, like MagnusAdapt4.

Example:

function update_func(A,u,p,t)
A[1,1] = 0
A[2,1] = 1
A[1,2] = -2*(1 - cos(u[2]) - u[2]*sin(u[2]))
A[2,2] = 0
end
A = DiffEqArrayOperator(ones(2,2),update_func=update_func)
prob = ODEProblem(A, ones(2), (30, 150.))
These methods can be used when $A$ is dependent on both time and state variables, i.e. $A(u,t)$