Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Major Professor

Ohannes A. Karakashian

Committee Members

Michael Berry, Xiaobing Feng, Clayton Webster, Steven Wise


The application of the techniques of domain decomposition to construct effective preconditioners for systems generated by standard methods such as finite difference or finite element methods has been well-researched in the past few decades. However, results concerning the application of these techniques to systems created by the discontinuous Galerkin method (DG) are much more rare.

This dissertation represents the effort to extend the study of two-level nonoverlapping and overlapping additive Schwarz methods for DG discretizations of second- and fourth-order elliptic partial differential equations. In particular, the general Schwarz framework is used to find theoretical bounds for the condition numbers of the preconditioned systems corresponding to both the nonoverlapping and overlapping additive Schwarz methods. In addition, the impact on the performance of the preconditioners caused by varying the penalty parameters inherent to DG methods is investigated. Another topic of investigation is the choice of course subspace made for the two-level Schwarz methods.

The results of in-depth computational experiments performed to validate and study various aspects of the theory are presented. In addition, the design and implementation of the methods are discussed.

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