Overview
This page gives a compendium of splitting methods both from the literature
and newly constructed together with some properties relevant for assessing
applicability and efficiency. A detailed description of
the underlying algorithm and the methodology used to construct new schemes are given in Reference 1.
Splitting into two or three operators, respectively, is covered,
and different types of pairs of schemes are given.
Splitting time integrators with s stages are defined
for a linear evolution equation
∂_{t} ψ =A ψ + B ψ [ + C ψ]
ψ(0) = ψ_{0}

(1) 
as
S(h) u = [e^{h cs C}] e^{h bs B} e^{h as A} ...
[e^{h c1 C}] e^{h b1 B} e^{h a1 A} u

(2) 
The construction works in an analogous way for nonlinear evolution equations by composing subflows.
The leading local error term for a splitting of order
p has the form
h^{p+1}/(p+1)!
Σ_{1≤k≤Np} κ_{k} K_{k}

(3) 
where
K_{k} contains all commutators of
A,B,[C] applied to ψ
up to order
p.
Splitting into two operators
A,B fits into the general framework if we set
c_{i}=0. To compare methods of equal order we consider
(Σ_{k} κ_{k}^{2})^{1/2}

(4) 
as a measure for the local error,
with coefficients
κ_{k} from (3).
For the practical purpose of finding good methods
we introduce a modified quantity LEM ('local error measure') which, for orders p>3,
is an approximation for the quantity (4) and which can be computed directly from the order conditions.
Its size is comparable to the size of (4).
For the purpose of local error estimation to serve as a basis for adaptive time stepping,
several types of pairs of schemes have been designed:
 "Emb": Pairs of embedded splitting formulae consist of two splitting schemes with
a number of coinciding coefficients. We choose a good higher order formula with
coefficients a_{i}, b_{i} which serves
as the error estimator and an associated lower order formula with coefficients
a_{lower,i}, b_{lower,i}
representing the basic integrator. By means of embedding, for the lower order formula we have selected
the best one out of a set of candidates of equal computaional effort.
 "Milne":
An alternative method for local error estimation is the 'Milne device',
based on a pair (I),(II) of schemes of equal order (here: p=2) with the property that
κ_{k,(1)} = C · κ_{k,(2)}
for all k, with some constant C.
 "PP": A special case of adjoint pairs.
For a scheme of odd order p, the leading term (3) of the local error
changes its sign if the scheme is replaced by its adjoint.
Therefore, the difference between these two steps divided by 2 is an efficient local error
estimator which has also the full potential for parallelization.
In a "PP" pair, the scheme has palindromic coefficients, and its adjoint is obtained
by interchaning the roles of A and B. Pairs are explicitly mentioned here for which
the underlying palindromic scheme is optimal among a set of comparable schemes,
which has been observed in several cases.
In the menu on the left, a splitting method or pair can be selected to display its basic characterization,
coefficients and LEM.
Several wellknown and new schemes of orders up to p=6 are listed,
but the list is not intended to be exhaustive.
Also, note that for each scheme its adjoint has the same order.
Furthermore, some more 'AB' schemes can be obtained from 'ABC schemes' by setting (e.g.)
c_{i}=0, see, e.g., 'AKT 22 c'.
Schemes which are part of a pair can also be used in a standalone way
or be combined with another method for local error estimation.
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Last update: March 4, 2017.