Winterschool on Hierarchical Matrices

Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences  


Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences Leipzig


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. W. Hackbusch, Dr. Steffen Börm and Dr. Lars Grasedyck .


Hierarchical Matrices can be a useful tool for the treatment of integral operators as well as the solution of linear systems arising in the discretisation of elliptic partial differential equations. Moreover, the representation of matrices in the hierarchical matrix format is suitable for the efficient solution of matrix equations.

The aim of this winterschool is to teach the necessary theoretical foundations for hierarchical matrices, but most of all the efficient implementation of the algorithms. The practical realisation on the computer will be done during the exercise courses in the afternoons. Finally, the participants will be introduced to the Hlib library developed at the University Kiel and the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig. Lecture notes are available in printed and electronic form.

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Deadline for registration was 30. November 2003.


Monday, the 19. of January 2004, 9:15
Wednesday, the 21. of January 2004, 18:00.
just before the 20th GAMM-Seminar Leipzig on Numerical Methods for Non-Local Operators


Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Inselstrasse 22-26
D-04103 Leipzig


by email to Lars Grasedyck


Undergraduate students: Free.
PhD students, Postdocs: 20 Euro.
All Others: 100 Euro.

Limitation of participants

Due to limited resources the number of possible participants is bounded. Acceptance will be given in order of application.

Desireable prerequisites

  • Basic knowledge of the C programming language.
  • Numerical mathematics (e.g. interpolation, linear systems, eigenvalue problems etc.)

Winterschool on Hierarchical Matrices

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