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ADOLC: A Package for the Automatic Differentiation of Algorithms Written in C/C++
, 1995
"... The C++ package ADOLC described here facilitates the evaluation of first and higher derivatives of vector functions that are defined by computer programs written in C or C++. The resulting derivative evaluation routines may be called from C/C++, Fortran, or any other language that can be linked ..."
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The C++ package ADOLC described here facilitates the evaluation of first and higher derivatives of vector functions that are defined by computer programs written in C or C++. The resulting derivative evaluation routines may be called from C/C++, Fortran, or any other language that can be linked with C. The numerical values of derivative vectors are obtained free of truncation errors at a small multiple of the run time and randomly accessed memory of the given function evaluation program. Derivative matrices are obtained by columns or rows. For solution curves defined by ordinary differential equations, special routines are provided that evaluate the Taylor coefficient vectors and their Jacobians with respect to the current state vector. The derivative calculations involve a possibly substantial (but always predictable) amount of data that are accessed strictly sequentially and are therefore automatically paged out to external files.
On Automatic Differentiation
 IN MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS
, 1989
"... In comparison to symbolic differentiation and numerical differencing, the chain rule based technique of automatic differentiation is shown to evaluate partial derivatives accurately and cheaply. In particular it is demonstrated that the reverse mode of automatic differentiation yields any gradient v ..."
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In comparison to symbolic differentiation and numerical differencing, the chain rule based technique of automatic differentiation is shown to evaluate partial derivatives accurately and cheaply. In particular it is demonstrated that the reverse mode of automatic differentiation yields any gradient vector at no more than five times the cost of evaluating the underlying scalar function. After developing the basic mathematics we describe several software implementations and briefly discuss the ramifications for optimization.
CLP(Intervals) Revisited
, 1994
"... The design and implementation of constraint logic programming (CLP) languages over intervals is revisited. Instead of decomposing complex constraints in terms of simple primitive constraints as in CLP(BNR), complex constraints are manipulated as a whole, enabling more sophisticated narrowing procedu ..."
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The design and implementation of constraint logic programming (CLP) languages over intervals is revisited. Instead of decomposing complex constraints in terms of simple primitive constraints as in CLP(BNR), complex constraints are manipulated as a whole, enabling more sophisticated narrowing procedures to be applied in the solver. This idea is embodied in a new CLP language Newton whose operational semantics is based on the notion of boxconsistency, an approximation of arcconsistency, and whose implementation uses Newton interval method. Experimental results indicate that Newton outperforms existing languages by an order of magnitude and is competitive with some stateoftheart tools on some standard benchmarks. Limitations of our current implementation and directions for further work are also identified.
Solving Polynomial Systems Using a Branch and Prune Approach
 SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis
, 1997
"... This paper presents Newton, a branch & prune algorithm to find all isolated solutions of a system of polynomial constraints. Newton can be characterized as a global search method which uses intervals for numerical correctness and for pruning the search space early. The pruning in Newton consists ..."
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This paper presents Newton, a branch & prune algorithm to find all isolated solutions of a system of polynomial constraints. Newton can be characterized as a global search method which uses intervals for numerical correctness and for pruning the search space early. The pruning in Newton consists in enforcing at each node of the search tree a unique local consistency condition, called boxconsistency, which approximates the notion of arcconsistency wellknown in artificial intelligence. Boxconsistency is parametrized by an interval extension of the constraint and can be instantiated to produce the HansenSegupta's narrowing operator (used in interval methods) as well as new operators which are more effective when the computation is far from a solution. Newton has been evaluated on a variety of benchmarks from kinematics, chemistry, combustion, economics, and mechanics. On these benchmarks, it outperforms the interval methods we are aware of and compares well with stateoftheart continuation methods. Limitations of Newton (e.g., a sensitivity to the size of the initial intervals on some problems) are also discussed. Of particular interest is the mathematical and programming simplicity of the method.
Validated Solutions Of Initial Value Problems For Ordinary Differential Equations
, 1996
"... . Compared to standard numerical methods for initial value problems (IVPs) for ordinary differential equations (ODEs), validated methods for IVPs for ODEs have two important advantages: if they return a solution to a problem, then (1) the problem is guaranteed to have a unique solution, and (2) an e ..."
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. Compared to standard numerical methods for initial value problems (IVPs) for ordinary differential equations (ODEs), validated methods for IVPs for ODEs have two important advantages: if they return a solution to a problem, then (1) the problem is guaranteed to have a unique solution, and (2) an enclosure of the true solution is produced. The authors survey Taylor series methods for validated solutions of IVPs for ODEs, describe several such methods in a common framework, and identify areas for future research. Key words. initial value problems, ordinary differential equations, interval arithmetic, Taylor series methods. AMS subject classifications. 65L05, 65G10, 65L60. 1. Introduction. We consider validated numerical methods for the solution of the autonomous initialvalue problems (IVPs) y 0 (t) = f(y); y(t 0 ) = y 0 ; (1.1) where t 2 [t 0 ; T ] for some T ? t 0 . Here t 0 ; T 2 R,f 2 C k\Gamma1 (D), D ` R n is an open set, f : D ! R n , and y 0 2 D. For expositional c...
ADIC: An Extensible Automatic Differentiation Tool for ANSIC
, 1997
"... . In scientific computing, we often require the derivatives @f=@x of a function f expressed as a program with respect to some input parameter(s) x, say. Automatic differentiation (AD) techniques augment the program with derivative computation by applying the chain rule of calculus to elementary oper ..."
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. In scientific computing, we often require the derivatives @f=@x of a function f expressed as a program with respect to some input parameter(s) x, say. Automatic differentiation (AD) techniques augment the program with derivative computation by applying the chain rule of calculus to elementary operations in an automated fashion. This article introduces ADIC (Automatic Differentiation of C), a new AD tool for ANSIC programs. ADIC is currently the only tool for ANSIC that employs a sourcetosource program transformation approach; that is, it takes a C code and produces a new C code that computes the original results as well as the derivatives. We first present ADIC "by example" to illustrate the functionality and ease of use of ADIC and then describe in detail the architecture of ADIC. ADIC incorporates a modular design that provides a foundation for both rapid prototyping of better AD algorithms and their sharing across AD tools for different languages. A component architecture call...
Illumination from Curved Reflectors
, 1992
"... A technique is presented to compute the reflected illumination from curved mirror surfaces onto other surfaces. In accordance with Fermat's principle, this is equivalent to finding extremal paths from the light source to the visible surface via the mirrors. Once pathways of illumination are fou ..."
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A technique is presented to compute the reflected illumination from curved mirror surfaces onto other surfaces. In accordance with Fermat's principle, this is equivalent to finding extremal paths from the light source to the visible surface via the mirrors. Once pathways of illumination are found, irradiance is computed from the Gaussian curvature of the geometrical wavefront. Techniques from optics, differential geometry and interval analysis are applied to solve these problems. CR Categories and Subject Descriptions: I.3.3 [ Computer Graphics ]: Picture/Image Generation; I.3.7 [ Computer Graphics ]: ThreeDimensional Graphics and Realism General Terms: Algorithms Additional Keywords and Phrases: Caustics, Differential Geometry, Geometrical Optics, Global Illumination, Interval Arithmetic, Ray Tracing, Wavefronts 1. Introduction Ray tracing provides a straightforward means for synthesizing realistic images on the computer. A scene is first modeled, usually by a collection of implici...
The ADIFOR 2.0 System for the Automatic Differentiation of Fortran 77 Programs
 RICE UNIVERSITY
, 1994
"... Automatic Differentiation is a technique for augmenting computer programs with statements for the computation of derivatives based on the chain rule of differential calculus. The ADIFOR 2.0 system provides automatic differentiation of Fortran 77 programs for firstorder derivatives. The ADIFOR 2.0 s ..."
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Automatic Differentiation is a technique for augmenting computer programs with statements for the computation of derivatives based on the chain rule of differential calculus. The ADIFOR 2.0 system provides automatic differentiation of Fortran 77 programs for firstorder derivatives. The ADIFOR 2.0 system consists of three main components: The ADIFOR 2.0 preprocessor, the ADIntrinsics Fortran 77 exceptionhandling system, and the SparsLinC library. The combination of these tools provides the ability to deal with arbitrary Fortran 77 syntax, to handle codes containing single and doubleprecision real or complexvalued data, to fully support and easily customize the translation of Fortran 77 intrinsics, and to transparently exploit sparsity in derivative computations. ADIFOR 2.0 has been successfully applied to a 60,000line code, which we believe to be a new record in automatic differentiation.