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Open Access Thesis

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Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

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SPIKE is a parallel algorithm to solve block tridiagonal matrices. In this work, two useful improvements to the algorithm are proposed. A flexible threading strategy is developed, to overcome limitations of the recursive reduced system method. Allo- cating multiple threads to some tasks created by the SPIKE algorithm removes the previous restriction that recursive SPIKE may only use a number of threads equal to a power of two. Additionally, a method of solving transpose problems is shown. This method matches the performance of the non-transpose solve while reusing the original factorization.


First Advisor

Eric Polizzi