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NAME SLATPS - solve one of the triangular systems A *x = s*b or A'*x = s*b with scaling to prevent overflow, where A is an upper or lower triangular matrix stored in packed form SYNOPSIS SUBROUTINE SLATPS( UPLO, TRANS, DIAG, NORMIN, N, AP, X, SCALE, CNORM, INFO ) CHARACTER DIAG, NORMIN, TRANS, UPLO INTEGER INFO, N REAL SCALE REAL AP( * ), CNORM( * ), X( * ) PURPOSE SLATPS solves one of the triangular systems transpose of A, x and b are n-element vectors, and s is a scaling factor, usually less than or equal to 1, chosen so that the com- ponents of x will be less than the overflow threshold. If the unscaled problem will not cause overflow, the Level 2 BLAS routine STPSV is called. If the matrix A is singular (A(j,j) = 0 for some j), then s is set to 0 and a non- trivial solution to A*x = 0 is returned. ARGUMENTS UPLO (input) CHARACTER*1 Specifies whether the matrix A is upper or lower triangular. = 'U': Upper triangular = 'L': Lower triangular TRANS (input) CHARACTER*1 Specifies the operation applied to A. = 'N': Solve A * x = s*b (No transpose) = 'T': Solve A'* x = s*b (Transpose) = 'C': Solve A'* x = s*b (Conjugate transpose = Transpose) DIAG (input) CHARACTER*1 Specifies whether or not the matrix A is unit tri- angular. = 'N': Non-unit triangular = 'U': Unit triangular NORMIN (input) CHARACTER*1 Specifies whether CNORM has been set or not. = 'Y': CNORM contains the column norms on entry = 'N': CNORM is not set on entry. On exit, the norms will be computed and stored in CNORM. N (input) INTEGER The order of the matrix A. N >= 0. AP (input) REAL array, dimension (N*(N+1)/2) The upper or lower triangular matrix A, packed columnwise in a linear array. The j-th column of A is stored in the array AP as follows: if UPLO = 'U', AP(i + (j-1)*j/2) = A(i,j) for 1<=i<=j; if UPLO = 'L', AP(i + (j-1)*(2n-j)/2) = A(i,j) for j<=i<=n. X (input/output) REAL array, dimension (N) On entry, the right hand side b of the triangular system. On exit, X is overwritten by the solution vector x. SCALE (output) REAL The scaling factor s for the triangular system A * x = s*b or A'* x = s*b. If SCALE = 0, the matrix A is singular or badly scaled, and the vector x is an exact or approximate solution to A*x = 0. CNORM (input or output) REAL array, dimension (N) If NORMIN = 'Y', CNORM is an input variable and CNORM(j) contains the norm of the off-diagonal part of the j-th column of A. If TRANS = 'N', CNORM(j) must be greater than or equal to the infinity-norm, and if TRANS = 'T' or 'C', CNORM(j) must be greater than or equal to the 1-norm. If NORMIN = 'N', CNORM is an output variable and CNORM(j) returns the 1-norm of the offdiagonal part of the j-th column of A. INFO (output) INTEGER = 0: successful exit < 0: if INFO = -k, the k-th argument had an illegal value FURTHER DETAILS A rough bound on x is computed; if that is less than over- flow, STPSV is called, otherwise, specific code is used which checks for possible overflow or divide-by-zero at every operation. A columnwise scheme is used for solving A*x = b. The basic algorithm if A is lower triangular is x[1:n] := b[1:n] for j = 1, ..., n x(j) := x(j) / A(j,j) x[j+1:n] := x[j+1:n] - x(j) * A[j+1:n,j] end Define bounds on the components of x after j iterations of the loop: M(j) = bound on x[1:j] G(j) = bound on x[j+1:n] Initially, let M(0) = 0 and G(0) = max{x(i), i=1,...,n}. Then for iteration j+1 we have M(j+1) <= G(j) / | A(j+1,j+1) | G(j+1) <= G(j) + M(j+1) * | A[j+2:n,j+1] | <= G(j) ( 1 + CNORM(j+1) / | A(j+1,j+1) | ) where CNORM(j+1) is greater than or equal to the infinity- norm of column j+1 of A, not counting the diagonal. Hence G(j) <= G(0) product ( 1 + CNORM(i) / | A(i,i) | ) 1<=i<=j and |x(j)| <= ( G(0) / |A(j,j)| ) product ( 1 + CNORM(i) / |A(i,i)| ) 1<=i< j Since |x(j)| <= M(j), we use the Level 2 BLAS routine STPSV if the reciprocal of the largest M(j), j=1,..,n, is larger than max(underflow, 1/overflow). The bound on x(j) is also used to determine when a step in the columnwise method can be performed without fear of over- flow. If the computed bound is greater than a large con- stant, x is scaled to prevent overflow, but if the bound overflows, x is set to 0, x(j) to 1, and scale to 0, and a non-trivial solution to A*x = 0 is found. Similarly, a row-wise scheme is used to solve A'*x = b. The basic algorithm for A upper triangular is for j = 1, ..., n x(j) := ( b(j) - A[1:j-1,j]' * x[1:j-1] ) / A(j,j) end We simultaneously compute two bounds G(j) = bound on ( b(i) - A[1:i-1,i]' * x[1:i-1] ), 1<=i<=j M(j) = bound on x(i), 1<=i<=j The initial values are G(0) = 0, M(0) = max{b(i), i=1,..,n}, and we add the constraint G(j) >= G(j-1) and M(j) >= M(j-1) for j >= 1. Then the bound on x(j) is M(j) <= M(j-1) * ( 1 + CNORM(j) ) / | A(j,j) | <= M(0) * product ( ( 1 + CNORM(i) ) / |A(i,i)| ) 1<=i<=j and we can safely call STPSV if 1/M(n) and 1/G(n) are both greater than max(underflow, 1/overflow).