Multirate linear multistep methods

C. W. Gear, D. R. Wells

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The design of a code which uses different stepsizes for different components of a system of ordinary differential equations is discussed. Methods are suggested which achieve moderate efficiency for problems having some components with a much slower rate of variation than others. Techniques for estimating errors in the different components are analyzed and applied to automatic stepsize and order control. Difficulties, absent from non-multirate methods, arise in the automatic selection of stepsizes, leading to a suggested organization of the code that is counter-intuitive. An experimental code and some initial experiments are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-502
Number of pages19
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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