Stepsize selection for tolerance proportionality in explicit Runge-Kutta codes

M.C. Calvo, D.J. Higham, J.M. Montijano, L. Rández

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Abstract / Description of output

The potential for adaptive explicit Runge-Kutta (ERK) codes to produce global errors that decrease linearly as a function of the error tolerance is studied. It is shown that this desirable property may not hold, in general, if the leading term of the locally computed error estimate passes through zero. However, it is also shown that certain methods are insensitive to a vanishing leading term. Moreover, a new stepchanging policy is introduced that, at negligible extra cost, ensures a robust global error behaviour. The results are supported by theoretical and numerical analysis on widely used formulas and test problems. Overall, the modified stepchanging strategy allows a strong guarantee to be attached to the complete numerical process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-382
Number of pages22
JournalAdvances in Computational Mathematics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1997

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • initial value problems
  • Runge-Kutta methods
  • stepsize control
  • mathematics
  • computer science


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