Performance Overloads

Performance Overloads

The DiffEq ecosystem provides an extensive interface for declaring extra functions associated with the differential equation's data. In traditional libraries there is usually only one option: the Jacobian. However, we allow for a large array of pre-computed functions to speed up the calculations. This is offered via function overloading (or overloaded types) and allows for these extra features to be offered without cluttering the problem interface.

Declaring Explicit Jacobians

The most standard case, declaring a function for a Jacobian is done by overloading the function f(t,u,du) with an in-place updating function for the Jacobian: f(Val{:jac},t,u,J) where the value type is used for dispatch. For example, take the LotkaVolterra model:

function f(t,u,du)
  du[1] = 2.0 * u[1] - 1.2 * u[1]*u[2]
  du[2] = -3 * u[2] + u[1]*u[2]
end

To declare the Jacobian we simply add the dispatch:

function f(::Type{Val{:jac}},t,u,J)
  J[1,1] = p.a - p.b * u[2]
  J[1,2] = -(p.b) * u[1]
  J[2,1] = 1 * u[2]
  J[2,2] = -3 + u[1]
  nothing
end

Note that this can also be done by generating a call-overloaded type. Indeed, this is what ParameterizedFunctions.jl does, so see its README.

Other Available Functions

The full interface available to the solvers is as follows:

f(t,u,du) # Call the function
f(Val{:analytic},t,u,du) # The analytical solution. Used in testing
f(t,u,params,du) # Call the function to calculate with parameters params (vector)
f(Val{:tgrad},t,u,J) # Call the explicit t-gradient function
f(Val{:paramjac},t,u,params,J) # Call the explicit parameter Jacobian function
f(Val{:jac},t,u,J) # Call the explicit Jacobian function
f(Val{:invjac},t,u,iJ) # Call the explicit Inverse Jacobian function
f(Val{:invW},t,u,γ,iW) # Call the explicit inverse Rosenbrock-W function (M - γJ)^(-1)
f(Val{:invW_t},t,u,γ,iW) # Call the explicit transformed inverse Rosenbrock-W function (M/γ - J)^(-1)

Overloads which require parameters should subtype ParameterizedFunction. These are all in-place functions which write into the last variable. See solver documentation specifics to know which optimizations the algorithms can use.

Symbolically Calculating the Functions

ParameterizedFunctions.jl automatically calculates as many of these functions as possible and generates the overloads using SymEngine. Thus, for best performance with the least work, it is suggested one use ParameterizedFunctions.jl.