HPEC 2023
Conference paper

Solving Sparse Linear Systems via Flexible GMRES with In-Memory Analog Preconditioning

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Analog arrays of non-volatile crossbars leverage physics to compute approximate matrix-vector multiplications in a rapid, in-memory fashion. In this paper we consider exploiting this technology to precondition the Generalized Minimum Residual iterative solver (GMRES). Since the preconditioner must be applied through matrix-vector multiplication, approximate inverse preconditioners are a natural fit. At the same time, the errors introduced by the analog hardware render an iteration matrix that changes from one iteration to another. To remedy this, we propose to combine analog approximate inverse preconditioning with a flexible GMRES algorithm that naturally incorporates variations of the preconditioner into its model. The benefit of our approach is that the analog circuit is much simpler than correcting the errors at the hardware level. Our experiments with a simulator for analog hardware show that such an analog-flexible scheme can lead to fast convergence.